How to Set Up Your Guitar
Neck-Thru Construction - The Patented Riversong Neck System
Our patented Neck-thru technology offers many benefits including strength, intonation, less bracing, easier playing due to the ability to make precise adjustments, variable top loading, an even balanced sustain tone, and volume up and down the neck (yes even on the body), eliminating the need of an expensive neck reset, slinky easy string tension, reduced heel, and the integrated strap pins are part of the structure of the guitar.
Riversong's unique patented Neck-thru design also has a truss rod that runs the full length of the neck. Most traditional guitars have a truss rod that ends at the 14th fret and continuing with an elongated screw head. Riversong necks have a full-length truss rod that adjusts the entire length closer to how an electric guitar is constructed.
The patented neck system has a small amount of flex (like a Strat) and this allows regular gauge strings to feel a lot less stiff further enforcing our electric-like feel.
Our Active Body System
Riversong’s innovation is the active body system. It works by moving the neck all the way through the body allowing two things happen:
- The structure shifts from neck joint to the end block
- The mass of the neck is now equal in and out of the guitar and it is free to vibrate like a tuning fork helping to ring up and down the neck and throughout the body. With the structure coming from the back of the guitar, the body and the neck has a little bit of flex (like a Strat vs a Les Paul) this flex gives the body the ability to freely vibrate and give the strings a really slinky feel (low tension)
(G2 Models, Custom Shop models only)
Mass is what great tone is all about. We experiment with all sorts of construction techniques and the most popular always filter out of our custom and signature lines into our other lines. One of these experiments was skeletized bracing, a technique where we take all the mass we can out of the ¼ sawn Canadian Sitka spruce bracing leaving only what is necessary for strength, similar to how an engineer makes a bridge out of lots of triangles. We then hand sculpt the bracing for the proper spring tension and tap tones. Currently skeletized bracing is only available in our G2 series and Custom Build Shop.