Wood grading "systems" vary greatly, and while no single system is particularly right or wrong, one man's "3A" is another man's "4A", and one supplier's "5A" may be another supplier's "Master Grade".
I choose to ignore most of this as marketing semantics, and grade my wood according to my own experience.
We, in fact, cut and process most of our own sets from carefully chosen billets, and our clients are usually astounded at the quality of the materials we've used in their guitars for the prices they've paid.
Standard "LI" model features - non cutaway
Two piece mahogany neck with center strip
Side dot position markers
Premium tuners with 20/1 gear ratio
Dual action - USA made - truss rod
African mahogany back and sides
ABS purflings and bindings
Engelmann or Sitka spruce top with scalloped braces
Spruce blocks and linings
Ebony bridge with two piece compensated bone saddle
Acrylic lacquer finish
Additional "LX" model features - non cutaway
Two piece premium African mahogany neck with center strip
Fully bound neck and headstock with Ebony fingerboard, head plate and exotic rear facing to match back and sides.
All binding piped & mitered in multiple layers and side purflings Choice of several exotic woods for back and sides
Premium unbleached bone nut and saddles.
Premium grade Engelmann or Sitka spruce top, hand tuned and voiced
|Sitka or Engelmann||n/c|
|Cedar||$250 & up|
|Adirondack Spruce||$ 600|
|Presentation grade figured
Or bearclawed spruce
||call for availability|
|Figured MahoganiesÂ||$150 & up|
|Brazilian RosewoodÂ||$2,000 & up|
|African BlackwoodÂ||$1,500 & up|
The above prices reflect an averaged cost for better grade examples of each species. Higher grades, especially what I have always termed "Presentation Grade", are usually available and are priced accordingly.
Lower grades of these species are available as well however, we choose not to use them.
Many other back and side choices may be on hand or are obtainable; please call us to discuss available inventory, or any specific requests you might have.Select Paua lip abalone purflings and trim Soundhole ring $200 Top purfling $500* Back purfling $500* Side purfling $1,000* * with cutaway add $250 Neck and headstock $750 * add side purfling $250 Wood body binding $300 Neck & head $300 Inlays 12th fret initials - per letter $100 Vine, floral, and custom work by estimate only
Introducing our Ryan Style beveled arm rest
Over the years, Kevin Ryan has been a good friend and mentor, and I have freely allowed his exemplary style and design sense to influence my own work.
I have a great deal of respect for many modern
builders, but I can think of no living maker for whom I have more.
With Kevin's kind permission and blessings, we now offer our interpretation of his beveled armrest design, and add our own, matching rear bevel as separate, but complimentary, appointments to our guitars.
Armrest bevel $1,000
Rear bevel $1,000
Thank you Kevin, you continue to be a leader in our industry, and a true inspiration.Please visit Kevin at www.ryanguitars.com