Contemporary Guitarist - Performer - Composer - Recording Artist - Educator
Ratko Zjaca's Mirabella Chambered Ten
10-string fretted / fretless guitar.
After a successful collaboration in 2009 with the Mirabella Jazz Moderne Electric guitar, which Ratko used to record his last two CDs, the great Cris Mirabella just finished a new, unique guitar for Ratko: the 2013 Ratko Zjaca Mirabella Chambered Ten signature model. This guitar was a special construction. An idea of Ratko Zjaca, which Cris Mirabella then put to design and applied to wood. The resulting guitar is a unique and exciting collaboration from these two artists.
Ratko Zjaca Mirabella Chambered Ten specifications:
Ratko Zjaca and Cris Mirabella with the new Chambered Ten guitar at Mirabella's workshop in New York
Mirabella Jazz Moderne Electric
This is my new custom-made guitar from the great luthier Mirabella. I will play exclusively on this guitar in the future and on my new recording. It's an excellent instrument.
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