Up for sale, a 2021 Riley "Tiger" T-style electric guitar. Expertly handcrafted in Everett, WA, with a keen eye for detail, Garrett Riley builds modern guitars from the ground up with a timeless feel and effortless playability. Riley's resume includes a recent 7 year stint at Mike Lull Guitarworks, where he was instrumental in crafting Lull's instrument line.
The solid alder body has hand-shaped ergonomic contours including a subtle forearm carve, belly cut, and contouring on the back of the cutaway for unparalleled access to the highest frets. The roasted maple neck has a smooth Danish oil finish, capped with a thick slab rosewood fretboard boasting a 12" radius and Plek'd medium jumbo fretwire. The Tiger truly sings when plugged in, channeling the resonant, balanced tonal quality of the tonewoods through a pair of hand-wound Doubleday alnico magnet single coils crafted in Austin, TX.
Via the three-way pickup selector, the guitar offers a range of timeless T-style tonalities. The bridge position is overwound at a robust 8.8k ohms, split between Alnico V magnets for the low strings and Alnico II magnets for the high strings, with a pushed P-90-esque quality that easily cuts through dense distortion, offering a glassy treble sheen. The neck pickup has plenty of bell-like sweetness and chime, featuring Alnico III magnets and 43ga wire, balancing well with the bridge pickup at 7.1k ohms. This Riley weighs 7lbs 8oz, currently strung with 10-46 strings.
The roasted maple neck features a very slender, fast-feeling C-shaped profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and rolled fretboard edges for added comfort, measuring .765” deep at the 1st fret and .840” at the 12th. Finished in satin hand-rubbed Danish oil which highlights the dynamic grain of the roasted maple, the neck profile is silky smooth on the palm. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features a modern and notably flat 12" radius with clay dots and Jescar 51108 nickel silver medium jumbo fretwire. The scale length is a full 25 1/2“, and the hand-carved bone nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The headstock features Gotoh-made Kluson-style tuning machines and a satin nitro lacquer finish on the face over the Riley decal.
The Doubleday pickups are wired to a harness which includes 250K CTS pots, .047 ceramic disc tone cap, a CRL three-way pickup selector toggle, and Switchcraft 1/4" jack. Hardware includes a lightly aged nickel bridge base, compensated brass saddles for optimal intonation, and a chrome control plate with a pair of aged knurled knobs. The gloss nitro lacquer white finish is accented by a transparent celluloid pickguard with a leopard-style pattern and a subtle purple-ish cast. The tasteful factory relic treatment on the body includes faint lacquer checking and a few subtle simulated marks of wear.