Jens Ritter


Oral History Information

Interview Date
Job Title
Founder, Luthier
Company Name
Jens Ritter Instruments

Jens Ritter is the innovative luthier who gained wide attention after a three page article about his instruments ran in a 1996 issue of Guitar & Bass magazine. A few years later, he attended the NAMM Show and his business grew. Among his most favorite projects so far are the instruments he built for Prince as well as those for George Benson, Phil Lesh, and Mary J. Blige. During his NAMM interview Jens remarked that he “doesn’t like business. I like building instruments! This is my focus!”