Here is a stunning 2-tone burst Raven Custom of which there are only a handful built each year. Powered by a proprietary set of in house Elliott humbuckers developed just for this guitar, it's surely one of the finest sounding and playing guitars to come out of Elliott's shop to date.
The wood is selected first and has to meet certain size and grain characteristics. This maintains consistency from one guitar to the next. The upper bout is contoured for a very comfortable feel. The species of wood used for this guitar body is mahogany with a maple top. There is binding on the body.
The neck is a lap sawn, maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard and binding, traditional clay marking dots and custom side dots. The neck has a nitro finish.
The fretting process is done through epoxy fretting. This process is used for multiple reasons. One of the advantages to this type of fretting is that you lose the hollow gaps under the fret that you find with the traditional way of fretting. In traditional fretting, with each fret you put on, it is like driving a wedge into the fingerboard, which causes back tension on the neck. With epoxy fretting, all of these issues are eliminated. The epoxy under the frets helps to transfer string vibration throughout the neck to the body, and relieves all stress and tension on the neck that occurs with traditional fretting. This results in a stress-free neck, which allows the truss rod to work properly and to adjust the neck accurately.
The Raven utilizes a custom set of in house Elliott humbuckers developed just for this guitar. Elliott has found that these pickups are a perfect match to this tone machine.