We love to see guitar design being pushed to the limits and that is certainly what Ridgewing Guitars are doing. However, the big problem is that we, as guitarists, are often not very open to innovation. Just think of the division in opinion of guitarists when the Steinberger headless guitars were launched in the 1980s.
Fortunately, for those who love innovation in design there are a growing group of guitar luthiers who, wanting to differentiate their guitars from the rest of the market, embrace atypical guitar design or raw materials. We think, if executed well, this approach should be welcomed and applauded.
That brings us nicely onto Ridgewing Guitars.
Tim White is hoping that the guitar world will welcome his range of Ridgewing guitars which after more than 30 years in creation are being launched on a commercial scale.
Ridgewing Guitars are a full size guitar made from carbon fibre and embrace a modular design. This means that the guitar can be broken up into the individual modular parts in seconds. The benefit of creating a modular guitar is that it makes it an ideal travel guitar. But we think this guitar is so much more than a travel guitar.
The concept for Ridgewing Guitars was born in 1981 when Tim White started experimenting with the idea of making a full size guitar which could be broken down quickly making it ideal as a travel guitar. The design went through a number of stages before, in 1997, White hit on the idea of designing the guitar around the shape of a dragonfly wing. The intricate grill-work proved difficult to make but after a number of trials he was able to create a prototype that could be broken down into bits that could be fitted into a space the size of a violin case.
The guitar, dubbed the Chrysalis due to its unique design, was launched in 2000 and was well received. However, due to the complicated design, it was never produced commercially and the concept sat on the shelf gathering dust. Over the years material technology improved and White decided that he could dust off the concept and produce a commercial guitar. He formed Ridgewing Guitars in 2012 with business partner Arjun Mendhi and gradually formed a team of craftspeople capable of creating a commercially viable version of the original Chrysalis.
The company finally launched a range of Ridgewing Guitars in March this year at the SXSW in Austin Texas. The range of guitars includes models with features such as self-tuning headstocks, golden grills and bridges with built in DSP and pre-amp.
You can see the innovative design and amazing sound of Ridgewing Guitars in the video below.
To find out more details about Ridgewing Guitars visit their site at Ridgewing.com.