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Old 06-16-2012, 03:17 PM
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Default Innovative new Canadian-built guitar: Riversong Guitars $995

Bluedog Guitars is pleased to be the first authorized dealer for the innovative new Canadian-built Riversong Guitars. Mike Miltimore and his team from Kamloops, BC set out to build a better guitar based on their knowledge gained repairing guitars. The result: a guitar that features an adjustable neck joint and eliminates the need for structural bracing. You can perform a set-up on this guitar WHILE you play, so you can get the action just right. But what we love the best about these guitars is their responsiveness.

By virtue of the fact that the neck is one piece, from the headstock through to the tailblock, the soundboard is allowed to resonate in a very different fashion and the possibility of the dreaded 14th fret hump is eliminated.

We have the following guitars in stock, and are taking orders (there is currently about a one month build time):

- Tradition Dreadnaught Canadian - all Canadian wood: Spruce/Flame Maple...$995
- Tradition Dreadnaught 3 Spruce/Rosewood...$1995



Here's a link to a Youtube video on Riversong Guitars.

Riversong Guitars was just written about in The Vancouver Sun, as Mike is up for a $100,000 Young Entrepreneurs Award which will help him ramp up production to over 300 guitars a month: click here to read the article.

Riversong Innovations

Tension Free Design
To eliminate tension, the neck extends all the way through the body and incorporates the end block as structural support. This allows us to use less bracing giving the guitar a deeper and richer sound due to the increased resonant area.

Solid One Piece Neck
Unlike traditional guitars with fret boards glued to the top of the body. Riversong Guitars feature a solid neck that runs all the way under the fretboard. This eliminates the 14th fret hump that happens when the body expands or contracts differently then the neck. This is a simple thing that gives our guitars consistently close action.

Adjustable Body Angle
Our action is raised or lowered by adjusting the neck angle. This eliminates the need to adjust your action by destructively sanding your saddle. Our novel approach has an integrated strap pin used to finely adjust the angle.

Less Kerf = More Tone
Our build process is so unique that we have 1/3 the kerfing of a traditional build and unlike a traditional build, the direction of grain on our kerfing matches that of the top grain which allows it to expands and contracts with the top giving less tension. Over all this means less mass and tension in our corners which translate to more resonant area.

Straight String Pull Headstock Design
Coming off the nut there is no sideways tension resulting in better tuning stability and tone.

24 Frets 2 Octave Fretboard
Due to our unique removable neck design we were able to extend the fretboard giving us 2 full octaves. Traditional designs can not do this due to the servicing constraints of needed to access the inside of the body for repair and maintenance.

Here's the website for Riversong Guitars: www.riversongguitars.com

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Old 06-16-2012, 04:33 PM
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Seems interesting. I wish I could try one out. You mentioned "an adjustable neck joint and eliminates the need for structural bracing" ... does this mean there's no bracing on the top? I know that Garrison (Newfoundland) had a synthetic bracing system and I'm wondering if this is similar.
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Dru, no, it is not similar to Garrison at all. There is wood bracing on both top and bottom in a conventional pattern, but there is less of it, and especially so in regards to the kerfing (there isn't the normal kerfing, it's a different kind).

The neck block inserts into a cradle and is secured by a single hex-head bolt that also acts as a strap pin at the neck joint. A strut extends from the neck block to the tail block and has a bolt on the end that emerges from the tail-block and is secured by a hex-head bolt that also acts as a strap pin.

Adjustment of the string height is made by leverage from another bolt imbedded in the tail block that is perpendicular to the one connected to the neck. This adjustment is made with the insertion of an allen key in a small hole on the back of the guitar below the strap-pin (which is then tightened down to lock the neck height in position). It is all much simpler than it might sound, and can in fact be done while the guitar is being played, along with the appropriate tweaks to the tuning. Hopefully the accompanying photo's help make sense of this explanation. And beware: patent is pending (though that may not mean much in some parts of the world...)



















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