Gary Rittenberry, owner, designer, and builder of Rittenberry
Steel Guitars, will be checking into Cookeville Regional Hospital this coming Monday morning, April 3rd at 8:00
AM for major throat surgery. Gary would like to thank everyone for their well wishes and prayers. He ask that that his friends
and customers please refrain from calling him for at least 60 days.
the assistance of this website we will try to provide you with the answers to any questions you may have in
regards to our
Vic Lawson's Rittenberry onstage at a recent Joe Nichol's Show.
with his Rittenberry D -10
with his Rittenberry D 10
Be sure to check out Steve and Larry's CD: "Side By Side". Recorded on their Rittenberry Steel Guitars.
Dean Holman's D10 Lacquer Rittenberry
Wayne Dahl's Rittenberry Prestige
Pee wee Charles with his Rittenberry Prestige
with his Rittenberry SD - 10
Del Walters of Milford, Texas
A top view of Del's SD-12
featuring the new Rittenberry - JCH styled fret board
Statement Regarding the change in fret boards on Rittenberry
In reference to the new fret boards being used
on the Rittenberry steel guitars: the fret board was originally designed by Jimmie Crawford for the JCH
steel guitar. Jimmie Crawford along with Duane Marrs were Gary’s mentors. Gary always admired the
JCH fret board. In a couple of discussions that Gary and I had while he was in the process
of building my JCH guitar after Jimmie’s passing, which was done with Elsie Crawford’s
blessing and approval, we agreed on our mutual admiration of the fret board design on
the JCH steel guitars. We felt it would be a fitting tribute to Jimmie's legacy if Gary was to revise the use of this
fret board on his guitars and let it be known that it was being done in tribute
with a “tip of the hat” to Jimmie.
It was then that
Gary and I approached Elsie with our thoughts and desire to use this fret board design
on Gary’s Rittenberry steel guitars. At this time an agreement was reached and Gary was granted the exclusive
rights to begin doing so. It should be noted that due to neck dimensions, although the
same scale, the “new” fret board on Gary’s Rittenberry steel guitars
are of a different size than the original fret board Jimmie Crawford used on his JCH
steel guitars. Therefore they will not interchange. Anyone wishing to obtain “new” JCH fret
boards with the origianl dimensions can do so by contacting either Elsie Crawford or myelf with
the serial number for their JCH through an email address that will provided on
the tribute page to Jimmie and a CDs and instruction material page with ordering
information on this website.