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"I own two Ryder guitars, the first being an electric with all the bells and whistles, an amazing neck, and great action! After having played it for a year or two, I decided to order a custom acoustic... most excellent! A really booming sound and if I think I need it, it also has a built-in pickup, as usual another quality instrument. I also have the occasional need to have a vintage instrument restored, as I am an antique dealer, and Steve has always been up to the task as well as giving advice on whether or not a piece might be worth restoring. I highly recommend his work in all areas of instrument building and repair! "

-Michael Gallant, Hometown Antiques, Glenburn, ME


"So Mr. Ryder says go to an auto parts store and pick out the color you like and send me the number. Martin Senour is that paint manufacturer, if I recall. I have the only 1985 midnight blue Oldsmobile guitar in the world, I suppose. Regardless of the color, the workmanship is superior. An absolutely flawless exterior - birdseye maple neck and a gloss body you can see your face in. Not to mention the hand wound pickups. I love this thing!! "

-Bill Spaulding, CEO Spaulding Associates Incorporated,Greensboro, NC


I got the guitar today. Just fantastic! I'm completely pleased with your work!

-Andre Nault, Dakota Mobile Veterinary Services,     Madison, WI


" I've had a number of people, including other guitarmakers comment on the superb finish on my guitars. Unfortunately, I can't take the credit, that's Steve Ryder's job. Wish I could keep him to myself, but Steve's a gun for hire and you'll be hard pressed to find a better shot."

-Julius Borges, Guitarmaker, Littleton, MA


"Steve did an absolutely beautiful refinishing job on my '66 Fender Jaguar - perfectly matching the color I requested and was very careful in preparing the body (which has plenty of dings and wear). I also think his electric mandolins are unique, and killer little instruments."

-John McGann, Multi-instrumentalist/Custom Transcriptions, Jamaica Plain, MA.


Thanks for the Great Job
you did refinishing my 1992 Strat. It's very accurate and the nitrocellulose lacquer is just beautiful. Your honesty and knowledge is first rate and your service is Second to None."

-Dan Russo, Boston, MA


" Steve recently finished a Fender reissue Stratocaster neck for my 1962 Strat reproduction; the quality of the finish work was superb and the neck plays like butter. I've observed Steve's work over the past ten years, and the quality just keeps improving !"

-Jim Katsiaficas,  Attorney/Frustrated Guitarist
Portland, ME


"Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say thanks for the great job rewinding my '63 Strat pickup. I think it sounds even better than before. "

-Jeff Foss,
Auburn, Maine






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