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The idea behind the Cora was to reinterpret the traditional Fender Jazz Bass sound; to add some dynamic, freshness and elegance, and mix it with the typical Ritter style. The result is a well-balanced straightforward sounding bass with a muscular "Marcus Miller Tone".
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As a result of the success of my "string theory" art series, I decided to make it possible to order your own customized piece (besides my designs) in the "guitars hidden in pictures" series. You can now have your bass or guitar be a part of your favorite picture or painting!
The Jupiter is the most extravagant Ritter model. The inspiration for this design came to me on the last afternoon of the previous millennium. After sketching and making the technical drawing, it was time to join the millennium celebrations. However, I decided to quickly draw the shape on body wood, and then to saw the shape. Just a few minutes more to shape. Fireworks outside the workshop woke me from my deep “sanding mediation”. Time had slipped away. Art collectors are drawn to its dynamic shape and features. The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. acquired a Jupiter bass for their permanent collection.
After hanging out in several rockabilly bars in Austin, Texas, I was inspired to create my own interpretation of the rockabilly sound. This resulted in my original Monroe guitar. A few years later I used the same body shape for a semi-acoustic bass.
I was asked by Stefan Okon to design a bass inspired by the American luthier Carl Thompson. This resulted in a body shape with a fancy cutaway scroll and bony lower cutaway. The Okon is available with symmetric and asymmetric bottom.
This model was designed with the support of art patron Paul Schupf. It was my first instrument to have the Ritter Backside Access Tuning System, which later got the name “Concept Setup” which is now available for all my models. The goal was to conceal all tuning system mechanics to create a modern, minimalist look.
The Porsch is my take on the classic humbucker "rock guitar." The design of the instrument's body is very dynamic. A body thickness of 32mm gives the instrument a powerful low-mid punch. Thanks to the high wired "Ritter HB-F" pickups, the guitar gets a striking presence. The instrument is ergonomically well balanced and nestles against the player's body at a comfortable angle.
I designed the Benson Tribute guitar for legendary jazz musician George Benson, who fell in love with my limited edition “Baritone Princess” in the spring of 2010. Later that year I delivered a slightly modified Princess with an adjusted scale and added tone and volume pot. The “Benson tribute” is one of the very few solid body guitars in George Benson’s huge personal collection. Due to its success, I decided to offer it as a bass as well.
Every year falcons bred in the roof of my former workshop in Wachenheim. I was inspired to create this body shape after watching the falcon's hunt. The dynamic of their flight is reflected in the shape of the body. The lower cutaway is ready to catch the prey.
The Roya is an updated version of my "Classic" body shape, and it has become the standard Ritter Bass shape. It usually comes with Triplebucker Pickups and Master Electronics, which gives it a very versatile sound.
After assembling the first bass guitar with this elongated body shape, it reminded me of a seal swimming underwater. Even though the body is fairly large, it's also surprisingly comfortable to play.
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