DAMAGED PLATINUM by Jens Ritter
What I love about this guitar (and I’m no bass guitarist) is that while it is clearly a guitar, the biggest cue that this instrument sends out is ‘sculpture’.
Why? Well, how long has it taken you to notice that there is no hardware? No tuners, no switches, no volume or EQ controls? And yes, those are strings – not streaks of blue paint. The only concession to apparent functional necessity is the beautiful offset of the gold bridge saddles.
Well, here’s the trick to this and some other instruments by Jens Ritter – four mini trim pots and tuning posts on the backside:
It all kind of speaks for itself really, doesn’t it? As time goes on, many more instruments by Jens Ritter will appear on this site but for a real treat, right now, go to http://www.ritter-basses.com/
In the meantime, here are a few more pics of the ‘Damaged Platignum’:
Jens Ritter 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, great food and friendly hospitality. No more than 80 to 90 instruments are produced by hand every year in Ritter’s old atelier – 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.
The guitar, in the past merely a humble tool for musicians, beaten up and even destroyed on stage, is now respected and recognised as a prestigious symbol of our cultural development. As an avant-garde statement in music history, the modern guitar is increasingly seen as a piece of contemporary art and Jens Ritter, winner of the RLP Design Prize, is a shining example of this new vision.
His unique approach to instrument design has captivated customers the world over, including Prince, Mary J. Blige, George Benson, Grateful Dead’s Phil Lesh and musicians playing for Madonna, Christina Aguilera and many more. They all appreciate Ritter instruments for their incomparable invention, wonderful sound and outstanding playability.
The Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. has recently obtained a Jupiter ‘Eye of Horus’ bass. After the “father of the bass guitar” Leo Fender, Jens Ritter is now the second representative of the instrument species “Electric Bass Guitar” to receive the honour of inclusion in the permanent collection of the world’s largest museum – and this during his lifetime!
Today his deluxe instruments are owned by musicians and collectors from around the world and Jens Ritter has become known as…
“â€¦the German Stradivariusâ€¦” (PIXX Magazine)