This Ryan Nightingale 10-string is likely the shop favorite guitar at the moment -- it's definitely the first instrument everyone on staff picks up when there's a free moment on the floor. Not only does it sound amazing, but it's incredibly fun to play. As with most things Ryan, there are a slew of interesting technical details that make you think "What hasn't it always been done this way?" For starters ... though this is a 10-string guitar, think of it as a 12-string as far as sound is concerned. The high E and B strings do not have their conventional 12-string courses, leaving them open for normal single-note melody playing and soloing. The octave course on the G string is flipped, so the higher string is hit with an upstroke of a finger or pick, accentuating the shimmery chime we all associate with a 12-string guitar. The bridge has six normal pins and four channels through which to pass the course strings (really clever!). And most interestingly of all, Ryan has chosen an exceedingly light string gauge for this guitar, making the courses very playable for hammer-on & pull-off work.

Long story short? If you want to bang out rhythm chords and imagine this was a vintage 12-string guitar, you won't have a problem. If you want to work on your Kottke chops, you won't have a problem. Looking for huge 12-string tone in a beautiful and effortlessly playable package? This is your guitar. With Calton Case.


  • Indian Rosewood back & sides
  • Master-grade Bearclaw Sitka Spruce soundboard
  • Ebony Binding
  • Paua Soundboard Purpling, Rosette, "R" Logo
  • Gotoh 510 Tuners
  • Art Deco Fretboard Inlay
  • Ryan "Innovation Suite"
  • Calton Case

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