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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JohnnyBottom, Oct 27, 2018.
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Absolutely gorgeous, but certainly "a bit" out of most folks price range.
Still, it's exciting to see someone working to improve ABG technology!
Two thumbs up!
I was fortunate to play a Ribbecke at Gruhn's in Nashville some years ago, and they are stunning, both in tone and above-Top-Shelf-construction. It really is an acoustic bass guitar. Not cheap, but for the relative few that can afford them, it's a no-brainer: Nothing else is even in the same zip code. I wish Tom were of a mind to find a careful builder in Japan (Kazuo Yairi would come to mind first) that could build faithful less expensive, licensed versions to get this technology out to more players.
I briefly owned a Ribbecke bass. I returned it because it was too big and uncomfortable for me to play; the builder insisted it be used only with bronze phosphor strings, which I can't stand; the builder also urged me to have the bass set up only by a guy in Marin County who charges hundreds of dollars per setup; and finally, the build quality was so pristine I was afraid to play it for fear of causing damage. Quickly parted ways with that one!
I'm much happier with a Taylor AB-1, which includes the mandatory Manzer wedge style body to ease playability.
If you have the money for a nice bass, be sure to try it first if you can because a high price tag is no guarantee the bass will be right for you!
+1 and more to this. I've used Epiphone El Capitans and original Eko BA4s, and at present am quite content with the bottom-rung Dean ABGs, size notwithstanding.
A big-bodied Dean with the sustain and resonance of the Eko . . . now THAT would be something!