Riversong Tradition Acoustic Guitars Adjustable Acoustic Guitar by Mike Miltimore

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Riversong Tradition Acoustic Guitars

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Adjustable Acoustic Guitar

INSPIRATION:
As a store owner, guitar tech, and sound engineer, I have seen many problems with acoustic guitars. The acoustic has been unchanged since 1842 with a glued on bridge and neck, it has been the "status quo" with the top brands. My goal was to build a more resonate guitar that addresses many of traditional problems. My dad taught me to look for solutions not problems and that was the idea with our guitar project. I tried to re-invent every step in creating the Riversong Guitar.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Riversong guitars are stronger and more resonate due to the neck thru design, adjustable for neck angle and length, string height and intonation can optimized. A soundhole "diffuser" disc balances the tone and makes studio recording better. The neck is solid all the way eliminating the 14th fret hump, and the high contact neck pocket increases surface conduction over traditional designs. Handmade in Kamloops BC Canada. We are the adjustable acoustic that plays like an electric!

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
With a simple twist of an allen key, the angle of the neck is changed to precisely adjust the string height. Traditional designs involve taking the strings off and sanding down pieces and then testing and resanding always leaving the string height high to accomadate humidity changes. With the Riversong system you can non-destructively adjust until the string buzzes and back it off with infinite precision.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
In 2007 I started experimenting with alternative guitar designs. Over the next 7 years the new Tradition series Riversong Guitar was created. All experimenting and development was done in Kamloops BC Canada. The original prototypes were created in my home shop, later developed in the basement of our families music store "Lee's Music", and finally in our own 8000sq ft guitar factory in my hometown of Kamloops.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
My first goal was to make a renewable wood guitar from products around my "backyard". I was also very concerned to make our guitars easy to service. The guitar is familiar to any qualified technician utilizing many off the shelf parts. The parts that are really unique to our guitars can be obtained at many hardware stores. The build process uses CNC lasers, unique jigs that we have built for a very high level of consistency. Speed is not our main concern, consistency and quality are!

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Nut width is 42mm, scale length is 25.5" (although because of our active design, the "felt tension" feels dramatically less. The overall dimensions are very similar to a dreadnaught shape to fit in standard cases. The neck profile is much thinner and stiffer due to the materials and build process we use.

TAGS:
Riversong, Guitar, Acoustic, Innovative, adjustable, Canadian, Adjustable, Handmade, six string

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
I would start off with drawings, then a model. If the drawing and model worked, I would then go into a full prototype. During the process I was taking notes, pictures and modifying the prototypes. I read every book, and formed my own concepts, then built test jigs to measure traditional guitars to understand the complexity of the acoustic guitar. I ran 100's of experiments including top loading deflection test jigs. Once I had reduced the complexity into the simplest form, it was ready.

CHALLENGE:
This guitar project has been the hardest and most rewarding project that I have ever done. The design took six years. Everything was built in our music store. Once our guitars started to take off, we had to build a new factory. The hardest part has been managing the cashflow and HR in a period of heavy growth. As well as the lack of manufacturing service companies. For example sand paper suppliers, coating suppliers, box suppliers, etc... Overall we have a solid team that really puts their nose to the grindstone and works well together.

ADDED DATE:
2015-02-28 04:49:50

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Mike Miltimore

IMAGE CREDITS:
Mike Miltimore

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Riversong Guitars

PROFILE:
Riversong Guitars is a Canadian manufacturer of the worlds first patent pending adjustable neck acoustic guitar. The structure is opposite conventional guitars giving Riversong Guitars a balanced tone that is adjustable under full string tension for neck angle and intonation.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Riversong Tradition Acoustic Guitars Adjustable Acoustic Guitar by Mike Miltimore is a Nominee in Musical Instruments Design Category.

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Riversong Tradition Acoustic Guitars Adjustable Acoustic Guitar by Mike Miltimore is Winner in Musical Instruments Design Category, 2014 - 2015.



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