David Antony Reid : : Luthier
David Antony Reid
is a true "hand-maker" of bespoke, contemporary and innovative stringed instruments.
As a multi award winning luthier, David
can take up to 400 hours to craft and sculpt his
average guitar - an approach employed due to strong feelings regarding a constant touch-and-feel understanding of the materials and construction method used.
believes aesthetics are important, but tone and feel are his
other accolades, David
is credited with inventing several modern guitar construction innovations such as the double-edged-scalloped fretboard, the ergonomic guitar neck, the dual compensated saddle, the multiple frequency soundboard and the multiple diffraction/reflection back.
More importantly David has 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.
Due to recent, serious ill health discoveries in his
has been forced to semi-retire from Instrument making, only concentrating on one special piece a year, and emphasising more on instrument repair.
now takes very limited orders for comission, but block-books clients in to his
London studio every six weeks for setups, fret dress etc, and continues to receive instruments for all repair from around the world at his
Perth workshop in Scotland.
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
Just before completing his
formal lutherie training, David
was awarded, Guitar Of The Year, by Guitar Magazine
, UK, for acoustic guitars over £1000.
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