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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My experience in Luthiery and guitar repair

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. He believes aesthetics are important, but tone and feel are his ultimate interests.

Amongst 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 lungs, and severe alergic reactions to all woods, David has been forced to retire from Instrument making, but continues to receive instruments from around the world at his Perth workshop in Scotland for a truly world class level of repair and restoration.  

History

"The Great Storm of 1987" during which many fruit trees, sycamores and maples fell in a hurricane will become musical instruments over a decade later.

Completed studying mechitronical engineering at Perth University. 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 instrument designs.

Just before completing his formal lutherie training, David was awarded, Guitar Of The Year, by Guitar Magazine, UK, for acoustic guitars over £1000.

Alongside making his unique instruments, began lecturing guitar construction at London’s South Thames College.

Awarded "Alumnus Of The Year" by Perth University.

Left lecturing position at London’s South Thames College to concentrate on his very own guitar making school, keeping ancient European hand skills very much alive well into the 21st century.

Awarded, Alumnus Of The Year, by Perth University – presented to him by no less than Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal - since studying mechitronical engineering with them from 1999 – 2000.

Acoustic Guitar Magazine, US, nominated David’s VaultBack model as one of their 8 dream guitars of the world.