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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Bare Knuckle pickups demo

Bare Knuckle pickups demo

A David Antony Reid Hybrid Electric guitar. For years now I've been interested in making an electric guitar but I've never found pickups that impressed me enough, so I wasn't happy with putting my name to an electric instrument.

'Bare Knuckle Pickups' have changed all that! This guitar is ready for testing so get in touch to try out these awesome pups! You can either visit me at home where I have a 'Blackstar HT5' valve amp, or at my studio where there's a 100 watt 'Marshall', and you can crank it right up there!! I've chosen the 'Riff-Raff' humbucker, and the 'Piledriver' single coil because I love plenty of grunt; but, if you role them off a little the tone is sweet and pure.

I've also coil-tapped the humbucker too so you can produce five very different tones with these two pickups thanks to a push-pull volume pot.

I've used a vitamin Q oil and paper capacitor, 'CTS' pots and an 'Oak Grigsby' switch. This instrument is NOT for sale, however, after enthusiastic interest I've been encouraged to make one which shall be. I intend on using a slotted headstock on it but fully intend to stay with most of the other styling and materials used on this current instrument.

For many more images of this David Antony Reid electric Hybrid check out my gallery. Also, for more info on Bare Knuckle Pickups check out the previous project on this page.

Written: Wednesday August 30th, 11:11am 2028