Robert Fripp


1968 Giles, Giles & Fripp - guitars  
1969-1974 King Crimson - guitars, keyboards  
1973- Fripp & Eno - guitars  
1979- Robert Fripp - guitars, frippertronics  
1981-1984 King Crimson - guitars, keyboards  
1982-1984 Andy Summers & Robert Fripp - guitars  
1993-1994 David Sylvian & Robert Fripp - guitars  
1994- King Crimson - guitars, keyboards  
1997 ProjeKct One - guitars  
1997-1998 ProjeKct Two - guitars  
1998 ProjeKct Four - guitars  
1999 ProjeKct Three - guitars  
2000 ProjeKct X - guitars  
2006 ProjeKct Six - guitars  
2008- Travis & Fripp - guitars  
2010-2011 Jakszyk, Fripp And Collins - guitars  

Studio musician

1977 David Bowie - guitars  
1980 David Bowie - guitars  

Guest musician

1990 The Damned - guitars  
1994 No-Man - guitars, frippertronics  
1996 No-Man - sample material  
2007 Porcupine Tree - guitars  
2010 Grinderman - guitars  
2011 Memories Of Machines - guitars  

Personal information

Born on: 16.05.1946

Robert Fripp (born 16 May 1946) is an English guitarist, composer and record producer.

As a guitarist for the progressive rock band King Crimson, Fripp has been the only member to have played in all of King Crimson's line-ups from the late 1960s to the early 2000s. He has also worked extensively as a studio musician, notably with singer David Bowie on the albums "Heroes" and Scary Monsters, and contributed sounds to the Windows Vista operating system. His complete discography lists more than seven hundred releases over four decades.

He is ranked 62nd on Rolling Stone magazine's 2011 list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time" after having been ranked by David Fricke 42nd on its 2003 list. Tied with Andrés Segovia, he also is ranked 47th on's "Top 50 guitarists of all time". Among rock guitarists, Fripp is a master of crosspicking, a technique often associated with the banjo. His compositions often feature unusual time signatures, which have been influenced by classical and folk traditions. His innovations have included Frippertronics following collaboration with Brian Eno, soundscapes, and New Standard Tuning.

During the early years of King Crimson (1969-1974), Fripp used two Gibson Les Paul guitars from 1957 and 1959. The '57 guitar featured three humbucker pick-ups (with one volume control on the pickguard controlling the middle pick-up). A signature model named for the guitarist (Crimson Guitars Robert Fripp Signature)[23] features Fernandes Sustainer and MIDI elements, with a Les Paul Model Body. Another difference from the Gibson Les Paul is that Fripp's guitar is built using a deep set neck tenon rather than a traditional set neck.

Fripp recommended that Guitar Craft students adopt the Ovation 1867 Legend steel-string guitar, which had a shallow body. "Fripp liked the way the Ovation 1867 fitted against his body, which made it possible for him to assume the right-arm picking position he had developed using electric guitars over the years; on deeper-bodied guitars, the Frippian arm position is impossible without uncomfortable contortions", according to Tamm. While the 1867 Legend is no longer manufactured, it influenced the design of the Guitar Craft Pro Model of Guitar Craft Guitars, which has been endorsed by Fripp.