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The Hybrid Series is built using construction techniques that are identical to RainSong’s highly-successful Classic Series. Expensive Carbon fiber has been strategically replaced in select areas of the body construction with more cost-effective Glass fiber. The Hybrid Series uses Projection Tuned Layering for the crystal detail, warmth and volume of the classic carbon sound. The instruments are bright, balanced and punchy – capable of cutting through in any acoustic setting. Glass fiber, while retaining the imperviousness to humidity and temperature changes, is not as stiff as Carbon fiber. The Hybrid Series sacrifices a small amount of projection compared to the Classic Series for a much more attractive price.
In keeping with the design goal of making the Hybrid Series value-based, ornamentation has been scaled back – the rosette is a simple pinstripe and the fretboard inlays are white dots. As with all RainSongs, the Hybrid Series features a UV-protective polyurethane finish that has been buffed to a high-gloss. While this enhances the appearance of the instrument and highlights the shimmering carbon weaves, it serves a more significant function. The UV protection is critical to prevent damage that all epoxies face with long-term exposure to sunlight.
The Hybrid Series features the new N2 neck. This neck is a result of an extensive long-term collaboration with the renowned artist Steve Miller and master luthier John Bolin. While the N2 has a more substantial feel than the original RainSong 6-string neck, it is ergonomically sound and actually results in better transfer of string vibrational energy to the soundboard. The N2 features a truss rod that is accessible from the headstock. Graphite does not warp or bow with changes in humidity and temperature. The purpose of a truss rod in the N2 is to allow customization of the fingerboard relief to individual preferences.
The Hybrid Series is being introduced with 3 models:
• H-DR1100N2 Dreadnought pure-acoustic (Retail Price $1999)
• H-WS1000N2 Deep-body cutaway with Fishman Prefix+T electronics (Retail Price $2399)
• H-OM1000N2 Slim-body cutaway with Fishman Prefix+T electronics (Retail Price $2399).
All models include a Customized Hard shell Case.
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