Ruben Becker - Master Luthier
Ruben is the founder of Ruben Guitars and a master luthier. Since 2011, he has been the driving force and creative designer of some of the world's most beautiful bespoke guitars. His entire pursuit as a luthier is the perfection of each and every unique and one of a kind instrument - handcrafted and designed specifically for you. Ruben has unprecedented access to the world's most sought after and rare tonewoods, making each guitar with the 'Ruben' moniker a truly bespoke, heirloom masterpiece.
Ruben was born in Heidelburg, Germany in 1977, He graduated from Caulfield's Monash University with a degree in Art, and was invited to take up a position in the final assembly division at Maton Guitars in 2005. By 2006, Ruben had ascended to a leadership position during one of Maton's most prolific eras of production, overseeing the assembly stage of the 60th Anniversary Series, having worked on guitars for Keith Urban, John Butler, Colin Hay, Mark Seymour, and Glenn Hughes of Deep Purple.
In 2009, Ruben graduated from Holmesglenn Institute being awarded the highest honours in Fine Furniture Making and receiving a Craftsmanship Award for his final creative piece. In the same year, Ruben also received an award from the Australian Wood Review for his use of reclaimed timber in his guitars.
In 2010, Ruben was selected to be the successor as the head of Maton repairs, and in preparation for this role, he was apprentice protege of veteran Luthier Chris Ffinch for two years. Absorbing Chris' 40 years of craft expertise and trade secrets, Ruben fast became known as one of Australia's finest repairers and entrusted by artists such as Tommy Emmanuel, Justin Derrico (Pink), Ian Moss, Powderfinger, The Seekers, Paul Kell, Jeff Martin (The Tea Party), Simon Hosford and Glenn Proudfoot. After completing a Diploma of Business Management in 2012 and being mentored by some of Australia's most successful entrepreneurs, the final pieces of the puzzle were laid to establish Australia's finest bespoke guitar company, with an unrivalled pedigree team.
Handcrafting more than 25 bespoke commissions a year, and travelling the globe to source the world's most rare and exotic timbers, Ruben has become one of the world's premier luthiers.