Hi, I’m Richard Ralston. Thanks for dropping by.

Are you passionate about acoustic archtop jazz guitars? I am.


I grew up watching my dad, Ian, make and play world-class violins.

Dad’s dedication to the art of lutherie, along with his immense knowledge of stringed instruments and careful attention to detail, inspired me to attempt to build a guitar myself.

I began working on my first acoustic archtop in the summer of 2004. Nowadays if I’m not in the workshop building an instrument, I’ll be either playing one or teaching someone to play one.

A few years ago Vince Lewis asked me to build him a 16″ model that is now know as the 16″ Signature Ralston.

Check  out Vince Lewis playing Lollipops and Roses on his 16″VL Ralston.

So have a look around this site and flick me an email if you have any questions. I’d love to hear from you.

You can contact me by clicking here. I look forward to hearing from you.

Rich Ralston