The Gerber RL15 Macassar Ebony & Master Swiss Spruce arrives...
Signing new luthier talent to The North American Guitar is always a very exciting process for us and the moment we agreed a deal to represent Ryan Gerber of Gerber Guitars, we could not wait to receive our RL15 & RL15+ models.
Being one of the hottest new luthiers on the scene at the moment, the interest in Ryan’s guitars did not come as a shock to us, but the fact that we sold the RL15+ in Cuban Mahogany & Master Swiss Moon Spruce prior to it arriving at TNAG HQ was just incredible.
Sadly though we were unable to get time to photograph the guitar and film a performance, however, I did get to play this sublime piece of work at The Woodstock Invitational Luthier showcase last month. Although the room was packed and the noise levels were high, I was blown away but the response and volume the guitar created and its response and articulation. The trebles were clean and crisp with a beautiful warm depth from the Cuban mahogany. In short, I loved the guitar so much that we will be ordering an exact replica in 2018 (so watch this space).
The RL15+ in Cuban Mahogany Master Swiss Moon Spruce
Fortunately for everyone in the UK & Europe, we still managed to get our hands on the RL15 Macassar Ebony & Master Swiss Spruce which is utterly breathtaking. Aesthetically the attention to detail on this guitar is just wonderful, from the adjoining back strip pointers and end graph, to the thick chocolate like grain of the Macassar ebony back and sides, one cannot help but be drawn to this instant classic. The Florentine cutaway makes easier access to the higher frets a delight and the subtle wedge body enables long playing periods.
Gerber Guitars Model RL15 Acoustic Guitar - Macassar Ebony & Master Swiss Spruce
Players' Notes: Jimmy Owen - TNAG
"I am absolutely blown away by this instrument, what strikes me the most is the balance of its frequencies. The highs are sweet and flute-like with a rich and velvety bass, none of which are overpowering. It covers all the major territory for me, punching through for fingerstyle yet harp-like on its strumming attack, the feel in the hand is silky and the access to the upper frets is seamless. The guitar itself is nothing shy of a work of art, it’s aesthetically stunning and the attention to detail is out of this world. This instrument just keeps you coming back for more and inspires each time you pick it up."