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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A video explanation of my bracing principles

A video explanation of my bracing principles

Another of the main questions I'm asked is, "What is going on there with your bracing?" I thought the best way to explain it would be to do another little video and put it on YouTube. Check out the link bellow. I've put another on there as well, it's in three parts, and it demonstrates a little of the way I construct my VaultBack backs.

Just look at "all videos" by darluthier. Part 1 is just images of the construction process, the following two are actual videos. YouTube only allow 10 min videos at a time, so the film is split.

Written: Wednesday April 27th, 1:00am 2011