New Archtop Guitar Makers Announced by Fine Archtops

Website that matches archtop aficionados with custom guitar makers adds several new luthiers to website
Oct. 31, 2011 - PRLog -- Archtop guitar website Fine Archtops announced today it has added new guitar builders to its ranks.

“It’s an honor to be able to add these luthiers to our website,” said site founder Steve Wagner. “Each has a very high caliber of talent, and are perfect fits for anyone looking for a custom archtop guitar.”

Guitar builders added recently include:

Gary Zimnicki: Zimnicki has crafted close to 300 instruments, a mark reached by few. What sets him apart from other builders is his goal to produce an instrument that matches each customer’s needs and tastes, with each client having the opportunity to be involved with the design of their instrument.

Tom Ribbecke: Born in Brooklyn, Ribbecke moved to San Francisco in the early 1970s to open a luthier shop in the city’s Mission district. Since that time, Ribbecke has become one of the world’s premier archtop guitar makers, with a considerable waiting list thanks to his reputation of creating based on the customer’s needs.

Sigmund Johannessen: A self-taught guitar builder, Johannessen moved to Canada from Norway with over 10 years experience. Dedication and passion led him to join the Summit School of Guitar Building and Repair in British Columbia as senior luthier. Johannessen is also the builder and designer at Summit Guitars.

Mark Lacey: Australian-born Lacey began building in the mid-1970s at the London College of Furniture and Interior Design. He gained experience building archtops in 1981 when he moved to the United States, where he found his niche. Since then, he has stayed traditional in his design, while adding his own personal touches.

John Monteleone: Learning woodworking from his father, Monteleone was introduced to guitar building through repairing and restoring vintage archtops. He set himself apart by responding to the need for a more advanced approach to designing the instruments look, feel and sound. His instruments were recently showcased at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Readers can find these and other luthiers at

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