Woods & Construction

Since I founded AC Guitars, I’ve been consumed by the search for beautiful woods – both domestic and exotic – to the point that it might be considered an obsession. The spirit of my obsession continues with Reiver Guitars. Like most builders I am simply looking for the board that is the best. This, I know, is an endless quest, since Nature is always capable of upping the ante, but still, we all look.

All my woods are stored in a climate-controlled environment and are thoroughly dry before use. I like to keep wood as long as possible before it’s used, especially the neck woods.


Common to both Kompact and Reiver models


  • Bolt on neck
  • 24 fret
  • 25.5” scale
  • 16” radius on 6 string models
  • 20” radius on 7 string models (applicable to Kompact only)
  • Dual action trussed with spoke wheel adjustment at heel
  • Dual carbon rods
  • Jescar Fret Wire
  • Angled back headstock on Reiver model
  • 3/5 piece laminated neck with scarf jointed headstock on Reiver models


  • 2 or 3 piece body core from extensive selection of woods

  • Top with contrast veneer from extensive selection of woods.


Top woods

Large selection of top woods are available as standard with a further selection available as a cost option. (* denotes cost option.)

Domestic only is due the wood being under CITES restrictions and while it is still possible to export/import these woods it is something we would need to discuss before the build gets under way. There are no issues within the UK market.

  • Amboyna Burl*
  • ART (Acrylic Resin Treated)*

  • Black Heart Sassafras

  • Black Walnut

  • Blue Gum Burl*

  • Claro Walnut

  • Cocobolo* (domestic only)

  • Ebony*

  • Figured Maples (Flame, Quilt, Birdseye)

  • Flame Sycamore

  • Mac Ebony*

  • Maracapra

  • Marbled Mountain Ash

  • Masur Birch

  • Native Walnut

  • Redwood (Flame and Burl)

  • Rosewood

  • Tasmanian Blackwood

  • Tasmanian Myrtle

  • Thuya Burl*

  • Wenge

  • Ziracote*

Main core

A selection of woods is available for the main core of each instrument, which usually consists of a two-piece construction. The main woods I carry in stock are as follows:

  • Alder
  • Ash (Northern White Ash)
  • Black Limba
  • Black Walnut
  • Mahogany
  • Spanish Cedar
  • Swamp Ash
  • Sycamore (UK)
  • White Limba

While any of these woods would make an excellent guitar, a top is usually added to the body core. I also add a contrast veneer accent – between 0.6/1mm between the top and body.

Neck woods

Options include:

  • Ash

  • Birdseye Maple

  • Bubinga (domestic only)

  • Maple

  • Padauk

  • Wenge


I have a good selection of traditional, and not-so-traditional fingerboard woods:

  • Ebony

  • Rocklite ( Ebony substitute)

  • Rosewood (domestic only)

  • Wenge

  • Acrylic Impregnated Maple

Side dots

Options for side dots include the following:

  • Alloy

  • Black Plastic

  • Luminlay

  • White Plastic