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zeke
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rockbridge guitars

Post: # 438Post zeke
Wed Dec 19, 2018 5:57 pm

i'm wondering if there are any rockbridge owners still out there. i've had my J-35 model for 12 years, and i still like it for flat-picking.

these guitars got mixed reviews in the old forum: some folks felt these guitars weren't banjo killers. my guitar has gotten louder with age. :mrgreen:

Bronco
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Re: rockbridge guitars

Post: # 851Post Bronco
Sun Mar 10, 2019 3:29 am

I owned one for a while and foolishly sold it. Mine was a OOO model and it was awesome. I’d like to get another Rockbridge someday.

JeffM
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Re: rockbridge guitars

Post: # 2546Post JeffM
Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:16 am

I have a 2008 Ad/Mahogany, koa bound SJ that I love. It has been played in, nicks and bumps all over it. I find that people either love or don't like Rockbridge. They have a unique sound. Just finished sitting here playing for about two hours.

Red Oak
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Re: rockbridge guitars

Post: # 3594Post Red Oak
Wed Mar 03, 2021 3:16 am

JeffM wrote: Thu Jun 11, 2020 2:16 am I have a 2008 Ad/Mahogany, koa bound SJ that I love. It has been played in, nicks and bumps all over it. I find that people either love or don't like Rockbridge. They have a unique sound. Just finished sitting here playing for about two hours.
They look beautiful and the few reviews I’ve read are quite positive. But apparently they don’t have any dealers. I guess they believe in their business model so I wish them success!

JeffM
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Re: rockbridge guitars

Post: # 3675Post JeffM
Sun Mar 14, 2021 5:30 pm

Don't know their business model. I have visited the shop, now in Charlottesville, VA. I think there are about 4 people working there. Randal Ray works offsite. You will find some used Rockbridges around. My favorite Rockbridge is the SJ model. I had one before Dave Matthews made that model their flagship model. I don't know who is making a high-end J-185 copy. The short run of Gibson J-185 in the fifties makes the vintage ones outrageously expensive. My only complaint with Rockbridge is that their early finish work was not so great. The finish is very thin and given to marring from pressure. But that makes also for a very resonant guitar. i play mine all the time. It is my go-to guitar for nearly all styles.

remco
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Re: rockbridge guitars

Post: # 3678Post remco
Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:49 pm

Hello,
I had done a workshop with Jim Hurst a few years ago in France. Jim was playing on a beautiful mahogany Rockbridge. From his website I think he is still in love with this little factory.

https://jimhurst.com/gear

Rémi

Red Oak
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Re: rockbridge guitars

Post: # 5113Post Red Oak
Thu Jan 20, 2022 3:34 pm

remco wrote: Mon Mar 15, 2021 8:49 pm Hello,
I had done a workshop with Jim Hurst a few years ago in France. Jim was playing on a beautiful mahogany Rockbridge. From his website I think he is still in love with this little factory.

https://jimhurst.com/gear

Rémi
I’ve always heard good things about Rockbridge. Thanks for posting!!!

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