About us: seasoned luthiers, bass builders and double bass specialists
Rikkers Guitars has been building custom bassguitars and guitars since 1979. Ferdinand celebrates his 35th anniversary this year. We are artisanal but modernluthiers for your personal instrument. On top of that Rikkers Double Basses is one of the few specialized contrabass repairers in the Netherlands. Double Bass players from home and abroad rely on our craftsmanship. Do you take your instrument seriously? Then we could be the professional bass and guitar workshop for you.
A piece of Dutch Luthiers' history
The first handmade bass guitar by Ferdinand Rikkers immediately went to the bassist of the Metropole Orkest in the early eighties. As a result, his name gained prominence and the stream of assignments for custom Rikkers basses grew. In the first years, bass and guitar studio Rikkers was located in the Groninger town center, in the Folkingestraat. With the arrival of guitar repairman Jacco Stuitje in 1994, the business expanded and Ferdinand Rikkers could increasingly focus on double bass. As a result, the cozy building with pinball machine and musicians hanging around quickly became too small.
In 1996, Rikkers Guitars moved to the current address at Rijksweg 13 in Groningen, near the city ring road and perfectly accessible. Come and have a look during our opening hours . Or come by appointment. Jacco and Ferdinand are happy to give you expert advice.s
Like Ferdinand Jacco also comes from a musical family. He began playing the guitar on his 15th. He has played in various formations in Groningen but chose not only the instrument making over that of musician, but also that of IT. Trained as a computer scientist he made the switch to the making of guitars in 1992. Like Ferdinand, he learned the trade by doing it. His specialty is the making of electric guitars, winding pickups and electronics.
Ferdinand comes from a family of musicians. His grandfather was a leader of a Big Band, which played throughout Europe, his father Peter Rikkers played double bass his entire life in a symphonic orchestra, his uncle and cousin are both professional bassplayers. He dis not want to be a performing musician, because his sports (high jump, athletics, boxing) was to dear to him and he engaged in a very different love, the instrument making.