In 2012 writer Rick Gibbs asked luthier Robert Anderson to build him the guitar of his dreams, an acoustic jazz archtop. The result - a gorgeous instrument and a book that blends memoir, philosophy, history, art, science, music and technology with the engaging story of a highly skilled artisan practising his craft.
-There is perfection. And there are perfectionists. Rick Gibbs seeks them out - from guitar geniuses Pat Metheny and Julian Lage to master luthiers Linda Manzer and John Monteleone - deftly weaving their stories together with his own quest for the holy grail of guitars. The journey ends with the birth of a new guitar and a state of mind that resonates long after the last chord fills the air.- - D. F. Bailey author of Bone Maker.
Music articles written by Rick Gibbs have appeared in Monday Magazine, Coda, Boulevard Magazine and Penguin Eggs. He wrote, produced, and presented Kindred Spirits: Linda Manzer's Thirty-Year Journey with Pat Metheny, a one-hour CBC radio documentary about the musical relationship between guitarist Pat Metheny and Canadian guitar builder Linda Manzer. He lives with his wife in Victoria, BC, where when he's not writing, he studies jazz guitar.