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The Riverboat Dread

A Solid Wood Adirondack Spruce and Bolivian Rosewood Dreadnought

The Riverboat Dreadnought
A very limited number of guitars is available for prepaid preorders for January 2022 delivery
Our tribute to the iconic Toronto coffee house on Yorkville Avenue. In its day the Riverboat hosted every folk and/or blues performer, from famous to first time artist.
Suggested Retail Price: 
CAD $4,699.99
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Our tribute to the iconic Toronto coffee house. By far the most famous of all Yorkville’s clubs was the Riverboat coffeehouse, at 134 Yorkville. Owned and operated by Bernie Fiedler, the Riverboat opened in October, 1964 and quickly became part of a prestigious North American circuit that included Detroit’s Chess Mate and New York’s Bitter End. Situated below street level, the club seated 120 people in red booths amid pine walls and brass portholes. Every seat was in close proximity to the stage, providing an intimate showcase of the top names in popular music, including Howlin’ Wolf, Simon & Garfunkel, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee, Tim Buckley, Ritchie Havens, Junior Wells, John Prine, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Arlo Guthrie, Buddy Guy, Kris Kristofferson, John Lee Hooker, Doc Watson, Tim Hardin, Jerry Jeff Walker, Janis Ian, Steve Goodman, Odetta, Seals & Crofts and James Taylor. The Riverboat is where the protest folk singing star Phil Ochs wrote his popular ballad “Changes.” When Eric Clapton was in Toronto with his band Cream, the Riverboat is where he went, with his hair tied in a bun as a disguise, to hear Tom Rush perform. When actor Jack Nicholson was in town shooting The Last Detail, he snuck in through the Riverboat’s backdoor to catch some late-night music. Everyone played the Riverboat except Bob Dylan, although even Dylan was rumored to have sat, incognito, in one of the back booths one night.


Neck Profile: 
shallow "C"
Frets To The Body: 
Scale Length: 
646 mm (25.4 inches)
Fretboard Radius: 
14 inches (35.59 cm)
Neck width at nut: 
43mm (1.7 inches)
E to E string spacing at nut: 
3.5 cm (1.4 inches)
Body Style: 
Square shoulder Dreadnoght
E to E string spacing at saddle: 
55 mm (2.15 inches)
Width at Lower Bout: 
40 cm (15.75 inches)
Body finish: 
Neck finish: 
Fretboard and Bridge: 
Macassar Ebony
Afrcan Mahogany
Tuning Machines: 
Grover 18:1 gold finished Rotomatics
Body Back and Sides: 
Solid Bookmatched Bolivian Rosewood
Body Top Wood: 
AAA grade solid bookmatched Adirondack Spruce
Nut & Saddle: 
Genuine bone
D'Addario EXP16 light gauge (12-53) coated Phosphor Bronze
Professional arch top hardshell case (included at no additional cost)
Otional L.R Baggs Anthem pickup/preamp

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The Riverboat Dreadnought

AAA Adirondack Spruce Top

We couldn't be more excited about re-introducing classic Adirondack Spruce as a top wood for the Riverboat series. Not only are we using genuine Adirondack Spruce but we've selected only AAA grade (or better) bookmatched pieces for the guitars. Our craftspeople have stepped up their game to a whole new level - tone tapping each pair and hand shaping braces to match the characteristics of the individual top.

Bolivian Rosewood back and sides

Our Bolivian supplier continues to amaze us with the variety of bookmatched solid Bolivian Rosewood backs and sides they send our way.
The Bolivian Rosewood back and sides

Genuine Grover 18:1 Rotomatics

We love our Grovers. Who wouldn't? With precise 18:1 tuning ratio and butter-smooth action, Grovers have earned a reputation as some of the best tuning machines a guitarist can buy.

Neck and body joined by proper dovetail joint

The best way to ensure the tones that produce vibrations of the body aren't killed dead when they pass to the neck is to use a hand-carved dovetail joint.
neck to body dovetail joint
The Baby Boat and hardshell case

Professional hardshell case

Every guitar we ship is placed in a custom fit professional archtop hardshell case before it goes into the carton. There is no additional charge for the case.

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Try any of our guitars in the comfort of your own home. If you don't fall head over heels in love within a week we'll arrange to take it back and issue a full refund (including shipping).
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