by Vinnie Ricotta

Copyright 2013. Vinnie Ricotta - Custom Carved Guitars. All rights reserved.

Enjoying some family fun backstage. July 2015

The "Flying Coconuts" 2012.  L to R. Johnny Pikula, Voss Fernandes, myself and  Brian (Smitty) Smith

Vintage -  "COALITION" In November of  2003, I was invited to sit in with the band Coalition.  Standing L to R:  Tommy Hyzy, Joe Cirillo, Sue Mathews, Alan Hastings, Johnny Pikula, Vinnie Ricotta, Denny Roland.   Kneeling: Rick Matthews, Pat Duggan

 "Just for Fun" photos with my family and some great friends.

Jamming with my friends in Canandaigua.    John Pikula, myself, Joe Rizzo and Voss Fernandes   May 2011

One of my other favorite things to do.  Canandaigua Lake - September 2013

Making a little music with my friends: Front row:  L to R Joe Cirillo (Keys/Vocals), Tom Hyzy (Lead guitar/Vocals),  Back row: L to R Ray Soto (Percussion/Vocals), Sue Matthews (Vocalist), Gary Andreeff (Drums), John Pikula (Drums), Vinnie Ricotta (Drums), Rick Mathews (Bassist)  "The Awesome Garage Band"  June 2014


 While it is true that I have many interests and a number of hobbies...all of which I enjoy

immensely, few things in life bring me more pleasure then when I am creating a piece of art. 

Carving  is one of my life's most relaxing and rewarding pleasures.  I have been fortunate, (maybe even a little lucky) that some of my work has been recognized over the years both nationally and internationally.  It is an honor to be featured in magazines and books, at trade shows and on Youtube etc. and I am certainly proud of those things, but I am more interested in and truthfully forever humbled by the incredible talents of those artists who surround me.  I admire them and they inspire me to keep learning new things.    I must admit that the ultimate satisfaction for me has always been sharing my work with others.   Teaching or demonstrating the art of woodcarving and experiencing the joy and excitement that one of my carved pieces brings to others.....well that's the most rewarding part.  

I hand carve guitars in my Buffalo New York work shop.  I also enjoy carving "found wood",

"driftwood", "bark" and other natural wood mediums.    Creating a meaningful custom piece of

art that is valued by others...well there is no better feeling.  A bonus for me is sharing these experiences with my family. It's a privilege to be in the audience or back stage during a concert performance where one of my guitars are being played.  Seeing and hearing  them brought to life by the artists who play them is truly the icing on the cake.  It is a part of what makes this such a gratifying art form.




     "Ricotta Custom"  guitars have been featured:

2015 (July) Darien Lake Performing Arts Center - STYX - James JY Young debuts "Lady Medusa"
  1. 2015(March 17th)   "AXS TV " Concert series STYX - Featured on "Come Sail Away"
  2. 2015 (NAMM) National Association of Music Merchants International Trade Show Anaheim Ca. Featured in the "108 ROCK STAR GUITAR" booth - (Lisa Johnson - International Celebrity Guitar Photographer and Author of the world class book - "108 Rock Star Guitars"
  3. 2010-2014 "Palladia"-TV's concert programming channel.  STYX Grand Illusion/Pieces of Eight Tour
  4. 2014 (October)"AXS TV"-TV's Music Concert channel  STYX  "Come Sail Away"
  5. 2013 - "CerberusCaster" Guitar featured in the book "108 ROCK STAR GUITARS" by Lisa S. Johnson (Celebrity Guitar Photographer
  6. 2014 - Worldwide Associated Press (AP)
  7. 2006 - National Woodcarving Association magazine "Chip Chats"
  8. 2011 - STYX Concert DVD  "Grand Illusion / Pieces of Eight LIVE.  See the custom built "CerberusCaster" guitar, (1 of 3) owned by STYX original band member & co-founder guitarist James (JY) Young-2011
  9. Chris Cassone's BBQ All Stars CD with Chris Cassone and Friends 2013
  10. Regional Woodcarving Exhibits including multiple "Best in Class," & "Best in Show" honors  2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014