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.

Grand Gtrs Magazine

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The Gent: Specifications

A parlor sizes guitar with a lot of shout. These little Gents, or Ladies for a lady, have a sweet and controlled tone for the finger-stylist in you. Cantilevered necks usually feature.

Price range No longer available.
Scale Length 630mm (24.803”)
Width of neck at nut 44mm, 45mm 46mm 48mm
At 14th Fret 54mm, 55mm 56mm 58mm


Lower Boat 345mm
Upper Bout 250mm
Body Length 465mm
Over all length 955mm
Body depth at bottom 110mm
Body depth at heal 95mm

Depth of Neck

At 1st Fret 20mm, 21mm or 22mm
At 9th Fret 22mm, 23mm or 24mm
Fingerboard radius 12” or 16”


At 12th Fret treble 1.4mm, 1.6mm or 1.8mm
At 12th Fret bass 2.2mm, 2.4mm or 2.6mm. Higher action is best for the more strident player!


Nut/Saddle Bone
Back & sides Solid: Birdseye maple / Flamed sycamore / Indian rosewood / African blackwood. Also three of four piece including walnut, cherry, pear and apple.
Top Solid: Sitka spruce / European white spruce / Englemann spruce Red Cedar / curly redwood / Adirondack spruce
Neck Brazilian mahogany / Figured maple/ 3 piece Cuban mahogany.
Finger board & Bridge Indian rosewood / Indian ebony / Macassar ebony / African blackwood
Case Hiscox/ Custom Calton/ custom carbon fibre Hoffee
Machine heads Schaller/ Gohto / Waverly or Custom, Handmade Robson