Welcome to Ridgewing Guitars!

Conceived as an art project more than 30 years ago, the Ridgewing Guitar marks the culmination of a long journey . The goal was to discover the minimum volume of a full-sized professional-quality acoustic guitar while creating a design that allowed easy and instantaneous dis-assembly and reconstitution of the instrument.

With its modular design, the Ridgewing Guitar can be packed into the space the size of a violin case, and yet it has incredible acoustical tone. Its extremely durable materials and the piezoelectric pickup in its bridge makes it a great live performer

The beauty, functionality, and performance of the Ridgewing provided validation of the creator's concepts beyond all expectations.

The Ridgewing isn't just a guitar. It's a fully modular guitar system, which means that the entire instrument comes apart and all of its components are interchangeable. Disassembly and reassembly take seconds and don't require any tools. The Ridgewing is the most customisable guitar ever made - completely reconfigure it in seconds for different playing styles, or change its look to express your own personal style.  The Ridgewing is a great travel companion, but it isn't a travel guitar. It's a full-sized performance quality guitar that stores in a tiny space because of its modularity. The Ridgewing is an electric guitar with an acoustic-style saddle, a piezoelectric pickup, and  acoustically-active carbon fiber body structures. The Ridgewing's clean harmonic-rich native tone is  acoustic-like, but is intended to provide external effects a rich tonal foundation for creating fat and nasty overdriven tones, tight and controlled heavily distorted tones, and everything in between, and outside.

Grillwork:   The pattern that ultimately emerged for the grillwork was a combination of heavier lines  which handle the string tension superimposed with finer acoustically active lines in a more whimsical pattern incorporating biological and wave patterned themes. The final result was intended to have some resemblance to a dragonfly wing.  The thought was that, since the purpose of a grillwork soundboard was to be the optimum minimal structure for moving air (in this case for making musical sounds), the 350 million-year old design of the dragonfly wing served as a good model.    


The body Design:  A body design emerged that consisted of two joined "frames" to which were attached the grillwork. Of central importance was that the grillwork did not touch the main central member, so that the bridge, when attached to four hard points on the grills, was free to vibrate as it would on a normal acoustic guitar soundboard.  In essence, the idea was to "trick" the bridge into thinking that it was on a normal acoustic guitar by embedding it in a vibrationally similar environment.