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Jens is a Master Luthier from Germany. He specialises in crafting stringed instruments of the very highest quality – modern functional artworks. Jens lives and works in Deidesheim, a lovely little town located at the border of the Palatine Forest, South-Western Germany, only minutes away from the Rhine River. This ancient area is a famous wine-growing district, well-known for its unhurried way of life, delicious food and friendly hospitality. No more than 80 to 90 instruments are produced by hand every year in Ritter’s old workshop – an aged winery built in the 17th century – which creates the perfect setting for Jens to fashion his guitar masterpieces.
Having acquired craftsman’s skills and expert knowledge from both his father and grandfather, Jens Ritter started his own ingenious style of instrument-making at the end of the Nineties. Going further, he transformed the guitar, elevating it to new levels of artistry and refinement.
His unique approach to instrument design has captivated customers the world over, including Prince, Lady Gaga, George Benson, Mary J. Blige, Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh, Van Halen’s Sammy Hagar and musicians playing for Madonna, Christina Aguilera and many more. They all appreciate Ritter guitars for their incomparable designs, magnificent sounds, and outstanding playability.
Jens Ritter is the only luthier alive whose instruments are collected by the 3 major USA art museums: The MET (Metropolitan Museum of Art) in New York City, the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. and the Boston Museum of Fine Art.
Today his exclusive masterpieces are owned by musicians and collectors from around the world and in insider circles Jens Ritter has become known as…
“The German Stradivarius” (PIXX Magazine)