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 Kompakt only)
- Dual action trussed with spoke wheel adjustment at heel
- Dual carbon rods
- Jescar Fret Wire (2 fretwire options avilable 0.095 x 0.047 and 0.110 x 0.057)
- 3/5 piece laminated neck
2 or 3 piece body core from extensive selection of woods
Top with contrast veneer from extensive selection of woods.
Large selection of top woods are available as standard with a further selection available as a 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
Figured Maples (Flame, Quilt, Birdseye)
Redwood (Flame and Burl)
- Tasmanian Blackwood
- Other woods are available on request.
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:
- Black Limba
- Swamp Ash
- 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.
I have a good selection of traditional, and not-so-traditional fingerboard woods:
Rocklite ( Ebony substitute0
Acrylic Impregnated Maple
Options for side dots include the following: