For me, creating guitars is like writing songs. Just like a musician processes and communicates his feelings and thoughts through music, I communicate mine through my creations. Some of them tell whole stories about my life's extraordinary experiences. Others just reflect fleeting impressions that I consciously or unconsciously came across in everyday life.
Jens is a Master Luthier from Germany.
He grew up in a musical environment which fueled his passion and love for the electric guitar culture. In his first creative childhood attempts, Jens built "electric guitars" out of wire, cookie jars and waste wood, and constructed speaker cabinets using loudspeakers of defective TVs from local dumps.
Jens lives and works in Deidesheim, a lovely little town located at the border of the Palatine Forest, South-Western Germany, only minutes away from the Rhine River. This ancient area is a famous wine-growing district, well-known for its unhurried way of life, delicious food and friendly hospitality.
Annually, no more than 120 instruments are handcrafted by Jens and his team in Ritter's old atelier - an aged winery built in the 17th century ‐ which offers the perfect setting for him to create his masterpieces.
Having acquired craftsman's skills and expert knowledge from both his father and grandfather, Jens Ritter started his own ingenious style of instrument making at the end of the nineties. After his mechanical arts studies, Ritter focused on crafting avant‐garde guitars for famous musicians. His unique approach to guitar design has captivated customers all over the world including Prince, Lady Gaga, George Benson, Mary J. Blige, Nile Rodgers, Grateful Dead's Phil Lesh, Van Halen's Sammy Hagar and other major music production artists. They all appreciate Ritter's guitars for their incomparable designs, magnificent sounds, and outstanding playability.
Jens Ritter is the only Master Luthier alive who’s electric guitars are collected by the 3 major US art museums: The MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) in New York City, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. and the Boston Museum of Fine Art (among others).
Today his exclusive masterpieces are owned by famous musicians and collectors from around the world and Jens Ritter has become known as…
"The fusion of Stradivarius and Picasso!"
(Dr. Jonathan M. Singer)
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