Thorell guitars are a commitment to the idealistic vision of what a guitar can be. Each guitar is crafted with an individual intent, that the whole process of building this particular guitar will be a unique experience. This plays across directly to the guitarist; their experience of this instrument is as personal as their own expression.
Ryan has strong vision of what plays into making the finest guitars, which has been honed strongly by eight years of apprenticeship. Ryan built his first guitar at the age of 13. He studied privately with famed guitar maker Tom Ribbecke and has also apprenticed under three great talents, “Fine Woodworking” columnist Chris Gouchnour acoustic guitar builder Joel Nowland and repair technician Tim D. Gonzalez. Ryan was also previously known as a jazz guitarist and private instructor, which he finds as an invaluable experience to understanding the instrument and peoples unique relationship to it. Ryan won "Best in Show" at the 2006 Park City Arts Festival.
Ryan’s building style relies heavily upon his knowledge and training in hand tools. He finds this to be the best way to gain an intuitive relationship with each guitar that he creates. His shop is also fully equipped to make instruments efficiently within the parameters of individual perfection for each and every guitar. And of course the wood choices, craftsmanship, buttery smooth playability, and over all aesthetic will make you foam at the mouth!
A true artist… Ryan builds one of the finest guitars that I have ever played" - J.D. Moffat, Guitarist with Ray Charles, Lou Rawls
"He puts everything he is into his guitars. To own one is to be forever grateful." - Bill Inverso (solo jazz player and guitar instructor)