Without wanting to make too bad a judgment on a different guitar, against the Reid Vaultback, a normal price industry guitar would seems as it were the handicraft of a ten-year old child. Extraordinary, unique, far away from any mainstream and artistically valuable. The Vaultback Halo of DAR is a masterpiece of contemporary lutherie – without ifs and buts. Its unbelievable value as a musical instrument competes with its artistic quality. I am honoured to have been allowed to play a guitar that differs so much from anything known and which leaves such an impression. Considering how rare these creations are, how innovative, refined and special, I want to predict that they will also play a prominent role in the future.

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My experience in Luthiery and guitar repair

David Antony Reid was a multi award winning, truly handmade, bespoke, contemporary and inovative stringed instrument maker who exhibited and sold his wares all over the world.  If you'd like to hear what other people said of his work then you can check out the acclaim page right here on the website to read reviews, awards and interviews, or check out some of the quotes from various sources at the bottom of the Home page..

Amongst his other accolades David is credited with developing several modern guitar construction innovations, such as the double-edged-scalloped fretboard, the reverberation back, the mirrored compensation saddle, the multi modal soundboard bracing and purely acoustic diffraction tone control.

David also taught guitar construction at a London college for 2 1/2 years, and at his very own guitar making school in Battersea for 3 years, he also had 5 interns.

More importantly David had been highly credited for his considerate use of materials, employing timbers such as 3000+ year old bog oak, 100 year old fallen sequoia, re-claimed old Cuban and Brazilian mahogany which had previously been fire surrounds, bank counters and staircase posts; English fruit trees, sycamores and maples which fell during the 1987 hurricane in the south of England, and the very sought-after African Blackwood from the only 100% Forestry Stewardship Council approved sawmill in the world.

Since developing progressively worstening allergies to all woods, David has suffered a heightened hypersensitivity to many objects that caused him no issues at all before, this resulted in him suffering an acute anaphylactic shock after drinking beetroot juice, and he had to have his life saved by a paramedic.  Beetroot was something he had eaten his whole life and had used as a health drink for many years prior to this reaction; this was all a result of developing food pollen syndrome because of said allergies, and in turn this caused allergy related asthma, and then he developed a siliding hyitus hernia because of the extreme caughing and wretching he suffered; this also developed grade C oesophagitis to boot. With all of this extreme ill health stemming back to using tropical woods for so many years, David is now on 6 medications for life, or for as long as his allergies persist, so he now has unfortunately been forced to retire from Instrument making entirely - despite battling with these illnesses until the bitter end. But all is not lost as he still continues to receive instruments from all around the world at his Perth workshop in Scotland for a truly world class level of repair and restoration. Only the smallest of woodworking tasks can be undertaken for obvious reasons, but David's speciality is his unique, bespoke instrument setups, where it doesn't matter if your instrument is worth £100.00, or £100,000.00, he's more than happy to work with you, and you can read much, much more about this service in the "Latest News" section, under "As Low As Possible Without Buzzing, Please!" on the home page of this website. To view previous repair projects that David has undertaken you can see them on his Facebook page, this can be viewed by following the hyperlink that is the blue Facebook icon on the bottom right of any page of this website.

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"The Great Storm of 1987" during which many fruit trees, sycamores and maples fell in a hurricane will become musical instruments over a decade later.

Completed studying mechitronical engineering at Perth University. At the end of said term, David, received “The Cup For Academic Achievement” for his work with mathematics and physics – despite only just being diagnosed as a dyslexic who could not read or write.

Much of what David learned whilst studying engineering has been applied to the scientific side of his instrument designs.

Just before completing his formal lutherie training, David was awarded, Guitar Of The Year, by Guitar Magazine, UK, for acoustic guitars over £1000.

Alongside making his unique instruments, began lecturing guitar construction at London’s South Thames College.

Awarded "Alumnus Of The Year" by Perth University.

Left lecturing position at London’s South Thames College to concentrate on his very own guitar making school, keeping ancient European hand skills very much alive well into the 21st century.

Awarded, Alumnus Of The Year, by Perth University – presented to him by no less than Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal - since studying mechitronical engineering with them from 1999 – 2000.

Acoustic Guitar Magazine, US, nominated David’s VaultBack model as one of their 8 dream guitars of the world.