R&R (Roman & Rudi)

R&R DR Dreadnought 2014

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R&R DR Dreadnought 2014

R&R guitars are designed by Rudi Bults and made by Roman Zajicek, old guitar-friends, Roman the accomplished Luthier, and Rudi the owner of the Fellowship of Acoustics, you are all familiar with. This is the number 6. R&R Guitars is born out of a deep desire to build a guitar - at any level, tone, looks and finish- able to compete with the major high-end guitars such as made by Collings, Santa Cruz,  Blazer & Henkes, Merrill, trying to give a a blink to Wayne Henderson.

This being an European Project, the only man to ask for this job was Roman Zajicek.His response to my question if he was interested to push his boundaries, was very rewarding. It was a big yes! And together we've pulled out all every trick and piece of knowledge we had gathered over the last 40 or 50 years of combined experience. Building techniques are based on the best old and new,  'Vintage and traditional' at the basis, but innovative and with proven improvements where possible with the single purpose to make the best sounding guitar on the planet.

It all starts where it all started, the unbeatable pre-war Martin D-28, and we tweaked it with nowadays improvements. Obviously full hide Glue construction, Not only the dove-tail, but the whole guitar, since it has proven to produce the best sustain and overall tonall response, but also with a unique neck reinforcement-concept that is based on the T-bar found in old guitars, but improved- with two standing Carbon Bars in the neck to optimize the stiffness like the T-bar did. However we combined it with a trussrod and kept the dove tail neck construction!

Another thing we did is investigate what are the best frets on the planet and we came up with 'Jescar gold' frets. They are very endurable, and have more mass, and therefore more tone compared to nickle frets. Of course the nice gold looks are a cosmetic extra that underlines the quality of the guitar. Other features include X- bracing, forward shifted, scalloped & wide to provide optimum vibration on the surface and increase tone, AAAAA grade aged Alpine spruce top with maximum tap-tone, Selected Indian rosewood for back and sides, Honduras mahogany neck, ebony fingerboard, ebony bridge, Waverly tuners, Herringbone purfling, Bone Nut and Saddle.

The signature looks is the beautiful slotted headstock with RR Torch inlay. Why, because in my experience a slotted head is more than just a cosmetic extra, compared to a solid head, the slotted head provides a more open sound from the start, but is also more resonant and transparent,making the guitar very responsive even to the lightest touch. Other features include diamond and square fingerboard inlays, flamed maple binding. In excellent condition with some nailmarks and weather checkign on the top finish. Includes original hardshell case.

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