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Welcome Gerber Guitars

It has been an incredibly exciting time here for us at The North American Guitar recently and we have introduced a number of luthiers, both iconic and up-and-coming, to the TNAG roster. This week is no exception, as we welcome Ryan Gerber of Gerber Guitars to the TNAG fold.

For those of you who do not know Ryan, here is a little bit more information on him and his journey:

Based out in northeast Ohio, Ryan has been building phenomenal steel strings guitars professionally since 2012. What began as a hobby to take up his spare time, quickly became an obsession from which he could not pull myself away. Slaving away in his basement workshops, giving as much time a physically possible to the craft of building guitars, all the while doing his best to to fulfil his goal of make each and every guitar better than the last.

In his own words, "Luthiery is a lifetime of learning, and I am grateful to be on that journey. It is a worthy goal, a great challenge, and brings incredible fulfilment".

Ryan's aim as a luthier is and always has been, to making something that is visually appealing and interesting but with a signature tone that can instantly be recognised by his instruments. 

His guitars are elegant with subtle and sophisticated lines that will appeal to the more traditional collector or player.

He believes in voicing the back in a way that contributes to the sound of the guitar. In the "active back" versus "passive back" debate, he very much falls on the "active back" side of the story. Carving the back braces to add a bell like tone, which creates a more complex overtone structure to the sound. The back plate itself is quite thin, depending on the species of wood in use, and this also contributes to the responsive nature of the guitar.

He uses a combination of traditional X-brace soundboard construction, with a lattice braced lower bout. Having tried various different bracing patterns over the years, Ryan believes this is the combination that creates the most powerful, satisfying sound. 

We are incredible excited to have two of Ryan's Guitars on order and believe he will add a different dimension to the variety of luthier built instruments that we stock. Here is a breakdown of the incoming Gerber guitars we have arriving at the end of the year.

Model RL15+ - Macassar Ebony & Master Swiss Spruce 

  • Guitar Model - RL15+
  • Scale length - 25.25”
  • Soundboard- Master Swiss Moon Spruce
  • Back and sides Macassar Ebony
  • Neck - Honduran Mahogany
  • Cutaway Florentine
  • Wedge body - Yes (3/8”)
  • Nut material - Bone
  • Saddle material - Bone
  • Fretwork - Evo Gold or SS
  • Tuning machines - Gotoh 510
  • Custom nut width - Standard 1.75”
  • Custom String spacing at Saddle - Standard 2.25”
  • Custom neck thickness - Standard
  • Custom inlay - Custom Rosette and End graft TBD
  • Carry case - Standard Ameritage Black/Black

For More information on this incoming Gerber RL15+ please click here.

Model RL15 - Cuban Mahogany & Master Swiss Moon Spruce
  • Guitar Model - RL15
  • Scale length - 25.25”
  • Soundboard - Master Swiss Moon Spruce
  • Back and sides - Cuban Mahogany
  • Neck - Honduran Mahogany
  • Cutaway Florentine - Bevel armrest
  • Wedge body - Yes (3/8”)
  • Nut material - Bone
  • Saddle material - Bone
  • Fretwork - Evo Gold or SS
  • Tuning machines
  • Gotoh 510
  • Custom nut width - Standard 1.75”
  • Custom String spacing at Saddle - Standard 2.25”
  • Custom neck thickness - Standard
  • Custom inlay
  • Custom Rosette and End graft TBD
  • Carry case - Standard Ameritage Black/Black

For More information on this incoming Gerber RL15 please click here.

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