Kevin Ryan Guitars
The seed for Ryan Guitars was planted at Christmastime in Southern California. 1984. Kevin Ryan—an Ohio-born cabinet maker and furniture designer—had recently taken a job in the thriving California aerospace industry, designing fighter jet models for transonic wind tunnel testing.
For the first few years Kevin was building guitars, it seemed like he was putting in 100 hours of work every week. He’d work days at the wind tunnel, constructing scale prototypes of emerging aircraft designs, then hurry home, have dinner, and spend long evenings constructing his first guitars. As the worlds of aerospace engineering and guitar-making converged, Kevin would consult colleagues on the most advanced ways to ensure the strength and responsiveness of the guitar body. Engineers normally tasked with outlining strength-to-weight ratios for stealth bomber wings were giving input on the design of guitar bracing systems, bridge design, and neck placement. Kevin Ryan’s dreaming and collaboration with his aerospace colleagues first coalesced in 1987 with the first production model Ryan Guitar: A fingerstyle, OM/OOO-style guitar with a powerful acoustic voice, the Mission Grand Concert.
"This is an absolutely gorgeous piece of work by Kevin Ryan, with my signature added to the top, and my Rude Girl logo in the neck. I used it for years on tour and on albums, but I own three Ryans. Let me just add that this is one of the smoothest - playing necks I've ever worked with!" -Janis Ian
This is a deceptively powerful guitar with clear, ringing tone; Adirondack spruce top and Brazilian rosewood sides and back. Janis used this guitar for the writing and recording of many songs on her Folk Is the New Black CD. It's prominently featured on the cut "Jackie Skates." In a Calton case, with LR Baggs under-saddle pickup as well. Set-up is for XL to light-gauge at this point; custom inlay with Janis' "Rude Girl" logo. Signed by Kevin Ryan himself!
This Pre-Owned Guitar is in Good Condition w/ light dings and scratches throughout the guitar. There is also some haziness and scratches on the back(see photos)
All proceeds of this sale go towards The Pearl Foundation.
"The Pearl Foundation(named after Janis Ian's mother, Pearl) is an IRS-approved 501(c)(3) public charitable foundation. It was formed after the Janis Ian Online Auction, through which Janis and her fans raised over $73,000 to fund college scholarships for returning students. That money was used immediately to fund a perpetual scholarship at Goddard College, Pearl's alma mater. Shortly after, Janis and her partner Pat formed the Pearl Foundation, in order to continue the spirit of hope and charity that imbued the online auction."