Rathbone R2K Guitar - No.2 Double Top Koa

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Rathbone R2K - Double Top Koa Acoustic Guitar

The R2K Rathbone Orchestra Model 'Double Top' features a technologically advanced sound-table made of two super-thin layers of Koa with a Carbon Fibre lattice in-between.

This ‘Double-Top’ construction enables the sound-table to be a little thinner than a single solid piece of koa but remain strong and ultra-responsive. The result is a super-resonant and voluminous guitar with bags of both character and all-out power.

The Rathbone No.2 uses a now classic 'Orchestra Model' body shape. This beautiful body shape is said to have been originally created in an attempt to lure members of dance orchestras away from their banjos, toward greater projection of the steel-stringed guitar.

Due to the environment in which it was initially designed to be used, the 'OM' was not a large-bodied guitar. In fact, few of the early 'modern' guitars would be considered large today. So, the 'OM-sized' Rathbone No.2 is not a large bodied guitar either, but the neck joins the body at the 14th fret, so the scale length is one that we would recognise from most modern guitars. When first used, this 'long' scale length was found to help deliver a remarkably, and some may say disproportionately, powerful and dynamic tone. The tuned strings are under greater tension than on shorter scale guitars, so they give a far greater tonal response and 'punch'.

Specifications

  • Top: Solid Koa (Double Top Construction: 2 outer layers of wood with an inner layer of carbon fibre)
  • Back & Sides: Koa 
  • Scale: 25.5” / 650mm
  • Guitar Length: 41” / 1041mm
  • Neck: Mahogany
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Bridge: Rosewood
  • Binding: Wood
  • Nut / Saddle: Bone (Nut 42mm)
  • Strings: D’addario EXP-16
  • Machineheads: Open Geared Chrome - Finish: Gloss.

Additional Information

R2, R2-K