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About the Crew

Tom Ribbecke
Tom Ribbecke
Bobby Vega
Bobby Vega
Mike Gutsch
Mike Gutsch
Frankie DeSouza
Frankie DeSouza
Timmy Lovold
Timmy Lovold

Bobby Vega Bobby Vega

Bobby's legendary career as a bass player began at age 16. He's worked with Sly and the Family Stone, Etta James, Billy Preston, Paul Butterfield, The Starship, Joan Baez, Olatunji and Mickey Hart. And, with over a hundred albums and recording projects to his credit, he continues to tour and play today.

Bobby consults on fundamental design of instruments and setup. He puts his decades of experience and talent into choosing pickups, strings, hardware, wood and hand voicing the instruments.




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Mike GutschMike Gutsch

Mike is our shop Foreman. Mike was the first (and for a long time; only) employee of RGC! Having spent several years at Alembic Guitars, he has an extensive background in luthiery.

Mike is our genius in residence. He designs all of our jigs and fixtures. You need it: he'll make it! The quality of our instruments is due to his creativity and pursuit of excellence.





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Frankie DeSouzaFrankie DeSouza

Frankie is a dedicated musician. His focus on playing the guitar naturally evolved into an interest in building guitars. While he is still a touring and playing musician he has dedicated himself to learning the craft of lutherie.

When Frankie first started at RGC he had never used wood working machinery! Luckily he was devoted to learning. And now Mike relies on Frankie to build our Hardware; which is very complicated and detail oriented.




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Timmy LovoldTimmy Lovold

Before coming to RGC Timmy worked in Tom's private practice. Timmy's amazing personality and incredible focus have been wonderful additions to RGC.

While he currently works in Setup alongside Kevin, in the future, Timmy will be working in the Finish department. He can do everything from inlay to hardware and will be putting his artistic eye to work on our sunburst finishes! (He is pictured on the right with Tom).




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