About Jens Ritter

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Jens Ritter is a Master Luthier and Artist from Germany. 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 pieces are produced by hand every year in Ritter's old atelier - an aged winery built in the 17th century - which offers the perfect setting for Jens to create his 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. After his studies of mechanical arts, Ritter focused on crafting avant-garde guitars for Prince, Lady Gaga, George Benson, Nile Rodgers, Mary J. Blige, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, Sammy Hagar of Van Halen and other major music production artists.

At some point, some of his guitar sculptures left their traditional purpose and - mixed up with other music, recording and audio equipment - turned increasingly into abstract art pieces. Meanwhile Ritter uses this fine art works as an additional way to express himself.

Jens Ritter's creations are collected by major museums like the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C, the Boston Museum Of Fine Arts, the MET - Metropolitan Museum Of Art in New York City, among others.

Today his deluxe instruments and fine art pieces are owned by musicians and collectors from around the world and Jens Ritter has become known as...

"The fusion of Stradivarius and Picasso!”
(Jonathan Singer)