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-
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 -
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-
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.