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Tommy gets inspired
May 17th, 2017 / lisa

Early days of Strobel Rambler® Travel Guitars Tommy Castro was our first endorser for Strobel Guitars in 2009.  We started out to make the best “travel” guitars, with “travel” in quotes.  The goal was to create a great playing, good sounding guitar that would be easy for traveling. Tommy received an early  Custom Rambler® Professional […]

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Rambler Hollowbody Travel Guitar
October 29th, 2016 / lisa

A Thinline Acoustic Electric Portable Guitar Strobel Guitars Custom Shop has created a new model in our Rambler® Professional Electric Travel Guitar portfolio. We are often asked by our jazz playing customers if we could create a hollow version of our Rambler® Custom travel guitar. I started thinking about this seriously after meeting with Tony DiCaprio […]

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Jay Skolnick photo of Jimmy Thackery
August 22nd, 2016 / lisa

Finding your way into music… How did you find your way into music, and playing the guitar? Ever wonder how professional musicians find their way into a musical career?  Here is Jimmy Thackery’s story – about how music found him, and how he found his way to playing the blues. Special thanks to Blues Radio […]

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A batch of Custom Ramble necks
May 2nd, 2016 / lisa

Making Necks for a Portable Guitar… In our first two visits to the Strobel Guitars Custom Shop we saw how a Custom Rambler® Professional Electric Travel Guitar body goes from a block of wood to a shaped guitar. In Part One, we selected the wood; attached the Maple tops and glued them together with Ash, […]

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Rambler Travel Bass in Tobacco Sunburst with Gold Hardware
March 10th, 2016 / lisa

Ordering a Custom Travel Bass We are seeing an uptick in orders for Custom Strobel Rambler® Travel Basses, and recently built a left- handed version for Simon from Tasmania, please check out our Bass Gallery for more pics. Simon went all out when designing the Bass Guitar of his dreams – ordering all Gold hardware […]

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Scott picking up Maple Neck Rambler Travel Guitar
October 6th, 2015 / lisa

Making mods on an early Rambler Guitar… Here is a story about Scott W. and his Rambler Travel Guitar. I met Scott in 2011 at the Atlanta airport while we were waiting for a flight home to Florida. Scott was carrying a normal sized guitar case and I had my nice little Rambler Professional Electric Travel […]

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Strobel Rambler Deep Blue Custom Bass
July 9th, 2015 / lisa

About a year ago we told you about Tanya’s Deep Purple Bass. Today we have a couple new Rambler® Custom Bass guitars to show you, Deep Blue for Jim, and a Natural Honey Bass built for an upcoming review (stay tuned).    Building Jim’s Custom Rambler® Travel Bass We built this Rambler® Bass for Jim […]

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Gene Strobel making some Custom Rambler® Travel Guitars
February 26th, 2015 / lisa

Last time we visited Strobel Guitars Custom Shop we saw how a Custom Rambler® Professional Electric Travel Guitar starts the building process. We selected some fine Tonewoods; book matched Quilted and Flamey maple tops and glued them together with Ash or Mahogany bodies. Today we’ll take a look at how the Rambler® Travel Guitar bodies are shaped, routed and drilled.

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Selecting wood for Custom Rambler® Travel Guitars
December 4th, 2014 / lisa

This week, we thought it might be interesting to take you into our Custom Shop to see how we make your Custom Rambler® Professional Electric Travel Guitar. We will take you through the steps, from selecting the proper tone woods, laying out the guitar, gluing up the body and routing the body to shape. We […]

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Russ Strobel visiting Merrill’s Wood Shed
October 29th, 2014 / Steven

We select the finest tone woods for your Rambler® Custom travel guitar, usually Honduran mahogany or swamp ash for the bodies. We add a flamey maple top to brighten the sound and to enhance the visual appeal of the portable guitar. Necks are made from mahogany or maple, with an Indian or Honduran rosewood fret […]

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