Derek Puckett

My name is Derek Puckett. Born and raised in Kentucky, I now reside here in Tennessee. I was a mechanic for 15 years and also helped run my Uncle's counter top business when I was younger. Both of these skills have now combined to help me become one of the youngest steel guitar builders in the industry. Now learning new skills while building steel guitars by Gary Rittenberry. He has chosen me to carry on the Rittenberry Steel Guitar Company.

Gary Rittenberry


Gary Rittenberry SR. was born and raised in Cookeville, Tennessee with many years of HVAC/electrical maintenance along with many other jobs he decided to build steel guitars and owning brands like Nashville LTD, LaGarritt and also building a few Remington steels. He was also good friends with the late Jimmie Crawford and many other builders. His attention to detail and design of these guitar are like none other. He is always designing and creating. After several years of health problems and prevailing from those he searched for someone to carry on the legacy of Rittenberry steel guitars. He trusted Derek to take the torch of his namesake guitars.