Local success story Riversong Guitars continues to grow, with two exciting new products in 2019 — one that launched in January and one arriving later this year.
“This year is shaping up to be the best ever,” Riversong Guitar owner Mike Miltimore said.
The Kamloops company’s Generation 2 guitars — or the G2 — launched in January, while its more affordable guitars, the Pacific Series, will arrive in June.
The latter series is made up of eight guitar designs.
“The first seven models are more of a traditional looking guitar,” Miltimore said.
“The eighth model is a copy of our most popular selling guitar here in Kamloops.”
Riversong Guitars builds guitars with a unique design that features a neck that runs through the entire body of the guitar.
The guitars are stronger, more adjustable and, best of all, more resonant, creating more vibrant sounds.
The guitars continue to receive awards and accolades from around the world, most recently winning second place worldwide for best acoustic guitar from Musical Merchandise Review magazine.
With prices ranging from $379 to $25,000, there’s a guitar for just about every musician. Along with acoustic guitars, Riversong also creates ouds, ukuleles and bass guitars using its unique designs.
In 2016, Miltimore gave a Riversong guitar and ukulele to Prince William and Princess Kate during the royal family’s visit to B.C.
There are about 10 employees between Riversong Guitar and sister company Lee’s Music and two international sales managers have been added to deal with U.S. and European distribution.
Most models continue to be manufactured locally at the Lorne Street plant in downtown Kamloops, though some, like the Pacific, are being constructed overseas.
Miltimore started manufacturing the guitars in 2012 and, after much work, recently received a patent for his unique design.
Almost all the wood used in the guitars is sourced from B.C., much of it from near Kamloops.
Woods used in the construction of Riversong Guitars include Sitka spruce, big leaf maple, walnut, Chillakwian maple and wild cherry.
With so much going on in 2019, Miltimore is very pleased with where Riversong Guitars is today and where it’s going in the future.
“Things are really exciting these days,” he said.