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.
The Rathbone R2VSM pairs a solid Sitka Spruce top with a Mahogany back and sides for a sweet, warm and mellow vocal tone.
The top features a burst finish that blends deep browns and reds with warm oranges, punctuated with a subtle relicing for a wonderfully mature and traditional aesthetic.
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’.
Top: Solid Sitka Spruce – Relic
Back & Sides: Mahogany
Nut / Saddle: Bone (Nut 42mm)
Strings: D’addario EXP-16
Machineheads: Open-Gear Chrome
Finish: Gloss Lacquer
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