Meetings & Events

Next Meeting: Feb. 6, 2021
Online meeting via Zoom • Guest: Tom Ribbecke

As we are still firmly entrenched in the COVID-19 pandemic, we are suspending our in-person meetings until further notice.  Our next meeting will take place online, via the Zoom video conferencing platform.   Sign up for our email newsletter to receive the Zoom meeting invitation.

Our guest this time will be luthier Tom Ribbecke.  Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Tom Ribbecke relocated to the San Francisco Bay area in the early 1970s and opened his first lutherie shop.  After ten years, and thousands of repairs and custom builds for clients, he closed the storefront in order to concentrate on commission building.  Over the next two decades, Tom would serve 10 years with the Association of Stringed Instrument Artisans (ASIA), see his instruments featured in the Smithsonian and the Boston Museum, create the Halfling™ guitar design (a hybrid of a flattop on the bass side and an archtop on the treble side), and found the Ribbecke Guitar Co.  After more than three decades of guitar building, Tom closed his private practice to standard commission work, and now only accepts orders for his “Masterpiece Series,” a culmination of all of his experience and artistic ambition, with prices starting at $25,000.  Join us as Tom graciously takes us inside his workshop for a virtual tour, a look at some of his favorite tools and jigs, and a question & answer session.

Following Tom’s shop tour, we’ll have our usual Show & Tell segment.  Show us what you’re working on, show off a recently completed project, share a tip, trick, tool, or technique you’ve found useful lately, etc.  Since many of us are using smart phones and tablets to connect, this is a great opportunity to “go mobile” and show us some process in your workshop that’s impractical to bring to an in-person meeting.  Everyone has a slightly different method of building instruments that we can all learn from; feel free to share yours with the club!

Date:  Saturday, February 6, 2021

Time:  1:00 PM

Location:  Online via Zoom (sign up for email newsletter to receive Zoom invitation)

Looking forward to seeing you on Zoom!


Upcoming Meetings (2020)

Our regular, quarterly meeting schedule has us meeting on the first Saturday in February, May, August, and November, unless otherwise noted.  Additional meetings and field trips may be added, but these are the four guaranteed meetings for the year.

Meeting Location:  Online via Zoom, until further notice. Sign up for our email newsletter to receive Zoom meeting invitations.



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