A burly-voiced ladder-braced parlour guitar, for the performance of the Country Blues, and the accompaniment of Hillbilly fiddling.
Compact, but with a hefty punch! The floating bridge design and simple transverse top bracing prioritise volume, mids, and fundamentals. Subtle, it is not, but subtlety is not what every performance style requires!
Riley's aesthetics borrow from pre-20th Century Martins, 1920s Stellas, and the work of my great eccentric luthiery hero, Chris Knutsen.
Rileys can be built in a variety of wood choices, but my preference, for raw, thunky, 'instant-vintage' tone, is American White Oak and Torrefied Sitka Spruce, with a Walnut neck.