When I was 12 years old I started playing the guitar. Little did I know that this instrument would take me on the greatest adventure in my life. Not only did it bring me joy and comfort, through the guitar I met my wife! She came to one of my guitar lessons.... The rest is history.

When I turned 30 I discovered that guitars could be made by hand. Before, I thought that every guitar was factory made and something you bought in a music shop.

I became a student at the CMB (Centre for musical instrument building. Puurs Belgium) and there I developed another passion: wood! So, building instruments is a combination of two passions!

I started Arrenbie guitars as a self dependent company in 2006. Since september 2011 I've been a teacher in ‘steel string guitar’ at the CMB. I was involved in the Leonardo Guitar Research program. The intention of the program was to use local woods in the production of guitars.

I’ve been a member of the Guild of American Luthiers for several years, but recently I’ve become a member of the European Guitar Builders. The EGB is known for its famous Holy Grail Guitar Show. I’ve had the good fortune to present my work twice at the show.

Recently together with one of my colleagues we developed a new bending iron for instrument makers. You can find out all about it at www.buhn.be 

Want to know more about the band Hideaway I've been singing in since 1986? Check our facebook page

Some Testimonials

Ralph managed to build a guitar that far exceeded my expectations. Sound, playability and aesthetics are "nec plus ultra". (Daddystovepipe)

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Dries on his ' Perle Rouge' :

Together with Ralph I was able to design my dream guitar. Choosing the woods in his workshop, size and inlays....

She sounds excellent when amplified, but for me acoustically she's superb. The whole case is resonating. It's hard to put her down