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All Ryan guitars are built using only the finest materials. The quarter-sawn silky soundboards and the rich Indian rosewood backs and sides are carefully chosen for acoustic properties and visual beauty. In the small details such as the rosette, the vibrant paua abalone shell is hand-matched for color and pattern.From the Sitka spruce top with its brightness and clarity to the cedar top with its responsiveness and warmth, each soundboard is worked to bring out its full acoustic potential. Whether you choose the elegant "standard" guitar or adorn the instrument with options (cutaway, dramatic woods, special inlays) each instrument is set up for your optimal string action and neck adjustment before it leaves the workshop."I was a carpenter about the time I got out of high school. Building houses, carrying two-by-fours and I was also a guitar player. That meant at some point that those two loves would merge. I had kicked around the idea for awhile and saw a hand-built guitar for the first time and knew I wanted to build a guitar for myself.I intended do something unique from the very start. I knew that to be able to compete my guitars would have to have a very clear focus, and for me it was clearly going to be a fingerstyle guitar. I was also lucky enough to come to the attention of many of the world's finest fingerstylists. Designing the instrument from the ground up to be a fingerstyle instrument and thinking in really innovative ways has been the most important."Kevin Ryan
Westminster, California
Muriel Anderson, Bob Bennett, Pierre Bensusan, Jackson Browne, Michael Chapdelaine, Pat Donohue, Peter Finger, Janis Ian, Laurence Juber, Al Petteway, Amy White
Abbey Grand Parlor, Mission Grand Concert, Nightingale Grand Soloist, Cathedral Grand Fingerstyle, Kevin Ryan Signature

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  1. Ryan Paradiso Acoustic Guitar
    $16,990$16,495

    Paradise on Earth, or at least in your lap: a Kevin Ryan 2010 Paradiso in Brazilian Rosewood and Swiss Spruce. This is Ryan's small-bodied fingerstyle guitar, but to hear it played you'd swear it was an SJ or a Mod D, so deep and resonant is this instrument's voice. There's lots of low-end, heaps and heaps of it, and all of it's clear, crisp, articulate--it's like there's an entire guitar just in the lower register! Thanks to the 25.5" scale length, all that low-end is well-defined and balanced with the other registers, allowing an absolutely flawless separation of notes across all strings. That longer scale length and Ryan's deeper than average body give the guitar a big-bodied feel, but with all the ease of play of a much smaller instrument--and a low profile neck helps ensure effortless fretting. This Paradiso will give many Jumbos a run for their money; watch out, we've got a contender here. The tone is rich and complex, and the entire build is executed with laser (no pun intended) precision, right down to the Paua Abalone trim which spans the length and breadth of the body and Kevin's innovative Fluted Arm Bevel for soundports and EO ("Engineered Openings") bracing and spherically arched back. This guitar was made with fingerstylists in mind, and won't be available for long. This guitar comes with the original Calton case.

    SCALE LENGTH 25.5 in
    NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
    STRING SPACING 2.25 in
    WOODS SPRUCE - SWISS, ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN
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  2. 2004 Ryan Nightingale Signature, "El Milagro" Brazilian Rosewood/Swiss Spruce
    $23,170$22,495

    We’ve had many, many guitar from Kevin Ryan pass through our shop, and we’ve been consistently impressed by their consistent tone, balance, and particular excellence for fingerstyle music. But this beautiful 2004 Nightingale Signature may be one of the most incredible. Not only are Kevin’s aesthetics on point (Ebony bindings, arm bevel, sparkling Abalone trim, fossilized nut & saddle, Lapis Lazuli-inlaid bridge pins), but the set of "El Milagro" Brazilian Rosewood he chose for the back and sides is jaw-dropping for both its grain lines and its acoustic properties. Tied with Swiss Spruce on top, this Nightingale Signature has a voice that is simultaneously voluminous and bell-like. It’s a huge, room-filling voice that also manages to make individual notes sound intimate as a whispered word.


    Larry Robinson adorned the fretboard extension with a Celtic horse, and capped the heel block with a matching Celtic dog. The effect sets off the beauty of the surrounding woods without stealing the show; like everything else about this guitar, the Robinson inlays operate smoothly as part of the harmonious whole. As an added bonus, this is the first Signature Series guitar that Kevin adorned with his signature on the headstock!


    One final touch: the satin neck and velvet setup are a dream in your hands. This is easily one of the finest Ryans we've ever seen.

    SCALE LENGTH 25.75 in
    NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
    STRING SPACING 2.25 in
    WOODS SPRUCE - SWISS, ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN
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  3. 2007 Ryan Abbey Grand Parlor Signature, Brazilian/Cedar
    $22,655$21,995

    A guitar like this, it’s between a rock and a hard place: you want to stare at all the gorgeous curves, but you also want to pluck the strings. Tough call. This 2007 Ryan Abbey is one of Kevin’s Signatures, and it shows not only in the extensive art deco-style inlays but also in the knife’s edge note separation and velvety sustain.


    Brazilian Rosewood back and sides, Cedar top, Mother-of-Pearl inlays, fossilized bridge pins, trimmed in Abalone and Ebony with a darkly glittering finish. Ryan’s Grand Parlor body offers the warmth of a parlor, but none of the squishiness (thanks in part to the 25 inch scale). The voice has a great balance of colorful overtones and a well-defined fundamental. Even a light attack yields a capacious response, and impressive sustain.


    This is the cream of the Ryan crop: elegant exterior and a wide open throttle underneath.

    SCALE LENGTH 25 in
    NUT WIDTH 1.81 in
    STRING SPACING 2.31 in
    WOODS CEDAR, ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN
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    Kevin Ryan Guitars Mission Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar
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    Out of stock

    Here's a Brazilian Rosewood Mission Grand Concert from award winning luthier Kevin Ryan. With it's mature Spruce top it has a voice that is angelic and pure. Notes leap out of this guitar with great volume and lovely overtones. This is elegant GC from Kevin Ryan as well, appointed with an Abalone top border, rosette and backstrip. Well played but well cared for this is a Ryan guitar that is better than new for it's voice has reached it's full potential and it is something special.

    SCALE LENGTH 25.5 in
    NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
    STRING SPACING 2.25 in
    WOODS SPRUCE - SITKA, ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN
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    Ryan MGC Acoustic Guitar
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    Out of stock

    Here we have an elegant and subdued Ryan Mission Grand custom ordered to have premium woods and understated beauty. The body features awesome Madagascar Rosewood and silky German Spruce. The Madagacasar is echoed in the Headplate and Rosette with dark Ebony bindings and backplate to frame it beautifully. It's completed with a Cutaway and a premium AVS case.

    SCALE LENGTH 25.7 in
    NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
    STRING SPACING 2.25 in
    WOODS SPRUCE - GERMAN, ROSEWOOD - MADAGASCAR
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    Kevin Ryan Guitars Nightingale Soloist Acoustic Guitar
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    Out of stock

    There are few greater pleasures around the shop than getting in a Kevin Ryan guitar. Without doubt or question we know that we will be getting a spectacular instrument in everytime. Such is the case with this 2003 Nightingale. Built from the legendary combination ofGerman Spruce and Brazilian Rosewood, this Nightingale has a rich tonal palette, with soaring trebles and low down basses, it is like having an orchestra sitting on your lap. Playing it soft and smooth, one is reminded of the sweet string section, play a single note lead and the horn section comes to mind, dig in and the full ensemble comes rushing out of the soundhole. This is a once in a lifetime guitar, don't miss it.

    SCALE LENGTH 25.6875 in
    NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
    STRING SPACING 2.25 in
    WOODS SPRUCE - GERMAN, ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN
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    Ryan Signature Series Nightingale Grand Soloist Acoustic Guitar
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    Here we have a mindblowingly beautiful 2011 Ryan Signature Series Nightingale Grand Soloist with premium dark Brazilian Rosewood and Italian Spruce. Add to that the Fluted Arm Bevel, custom Abalone Rosette and Kevin's renowned EO Bracing and you have an instrument you won't want to take your eyes away from!

    The bass response on this guitar is phenomenal, with all the clarity and sparkle that we look for in a high end fingerstyle instrument. It has a breadth and depth of tone that we rarely see, and the low end has an almost untamed nature about it that leads you to explore unknown passages and possibilities. It's for instruments like this that we began this company, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts!

    SCALE LENGTH 25.5 in
    NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
    STRING SPACING 2.25 in
    WOODS SPRUCE - ITALIAN, ROSEWOOD - BRAZILIAN
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    2010 Ryan Paradiso, Mahogany/Adirondack Spruce
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    What a great day to be alive! Playing this 2010 Paradiso Grand Concert from Kevin Ryan is sure to put a smile to your lips and some tasty tunes to your fingertips. The perfect size for someone who wants a big ole' voice in a medium-small package, the Paradiso is lively, responsive, and a breeze to play.



    This is one of only a few Mahogany Ryans we've ever seen, and we gotta say that Kevin does Mahogany right: there's a bit more bark and woody edge than his other guitars, and that translates into a very energetic tone and added verve to your playing. Great for fingerpicked blues! But you can pull off just about any style in style with this 2010 Paradiso, and the Adirondack Spruce top will keep projection at the forefront. This guitar plays like butter melts: sizzling in your hands with the fast action like grease in the pan. When you're ready to mount up for amplified performance, this Ryan comes with a K&K Pure Western Mini; one of our favorite passive pickups of all time! 

    SCALE LENGTH 25.75 in
    NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
    STRING SPACING 2.25 in
    WOODS SPRUCE - ADIRONDACK (RED), MAHOGANY
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    Kevin Ryan Guitars Mission Grand Concert Acoustic Guitar
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    The Ryan Mission Grand Concert has long been a best seller for Kevin Ryan due to it's wonderful versatility. It's mid-sized body and powerful voice allow it to move between beautiful and powerful pieces with ease. This one in Rosewood and Cedar has a full, rich voice, but also plenty of headroom. A venetian cutaway, flamed Koa bindings, inlaid truss cover and a gorgeous flamed Koa backplate adorn this Ryan MGC in elegant fashion.

    SCALE LENGTH 25.7 in
    NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
    STRING SPACING 2.25 in
    WOODS CEDAR, ROSEWOOD - EAST INDIAN
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    Ryan Signature Cathedral
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    1997 Ryan Mission Grand Concert East Indian/Cedar
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    Out of stock

    Just when you thought our inventory couldn't possibly improve, we've recieved a gorgeous 1997 Ryan Mission Grand Concert in impeccalble condition! Featuring the classic combination of Red Cedar and Indian Rosewood, this guitar combines the warmth of the former with the rich projection of the latter, making this an instrument equally at home for recording and playing in sessions. With a tight, focused tone that isn't muddied by excessive overtones, this GC comes across as a stellar instrument in the studio, where your fingerstyle arrangements can fill out the articulate middle registers. Later, when you're sitting down with your fiddle player friends to practice some tunes, this Ryan packs plenty of punch as a flatpicker for accompaniment in DADGAD. Having practiced, it's time to perform a set of Irish jigs--and that's when the K&K Dual pickup system comes in to faithfully translate the Mission's acoustic tone into amplified territory. Honestly, there's not a situation that this guitar won't outshine the competition.

    SCALE LENGTH 25.63 in
    NUT WIDTH 1.75 in
    STRING SPACING 2.25 in
    WOODS CEDAR, ROSEWOOD - EAST INDIAN
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    Ryan Nightingale
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