A real powerhouse, this R2SB Orchestra Model uses a Solid Spruce top for tonal clarity, and highly-figured Bocote for the back and sides. The beautiful Bocote wood responds similarly to maple with superb linear projection and clarity.
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 legnth 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'.
SOLID SITKA SPRUCE TOP
Spruce provides an ideal balance between strength and flexibility, hence its overwhelming popularity as the wood of choice for tops of acoustic guitars. Spruce’s versatile sonic character makes it ideal for a variety of musical genres and playing styles.
BOCOTE BACK & SIDES
Bocote is considered an exotic wood and has the sound and apearance to earn that moniker. Acoustically, it stands out for having a powerful and warm sound. Bocote has high density and stability, good sustain and a great ability for resonance. This makes it perfect for an acoustic guitar's back & sides.
BONE NUT & SADDLE
Bridge nuts & saddles made from bone are allot denser then their counterparts made from artificial materials like plastic, Micarta or Tusq. Bone nuts & saddles give a brighter more resonant tone with better attack, it will bring any guitar to life.
|Top:||Solid Englemann Spruce|
|Width at nut:||42 mm|