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RNS Siren semi-acoustic thinline guitar in various timbers

RNS Siren electric guitar spruce 1

RNS Siren electric guitar spruce 2

RNS Siren semi-acoustic thinline guitar with Spruce soundboard, Fiji Mahogany back and sides and matching Indonesian Rosewood bridge/tailpiece, fretboard, pickup surrounds,headstock veneer and back stripe

RNS Siren electric guitar figured blackwood 1

RNS Siren semi-acoustic thinline guitar with Figured Blackwood soundboard, Blackwood back and sides, matching Indonesian Rosewood bridge/tailpiece and fretboard, Huon Pine pickup surrounds and Figured Blackwood headstock veneer

RNS Siren electric guitar Black walnut 1

RNS Siren electric guitar Black Walnut 2

RNS Siren semi-acoustic thinline guitar with Black Walnut soundboard, Rock Maple back and sides, matching Indonesian Rosewood bridge/tailpiece and fretboard, Rock Maple pickup surrounds and Black Walnut headstock veneer and back stripe

RNS Siren electric guitar Tiger Myrtle 1

RNS Siren semi-acoustic thinline guitar with Tiger Myrtle soundboard, Blackwood back and sides, matching Gidgee bridge/tailpiece and fretboard, Huon Pine pickup surrounds and Tiger Myrtle headstock veneer

RNS Siren electric guitar Casuarina 1

RNS Siren semi-acoustic thinline guitar with Casuarina soundboard, Blackwood back and sides, matching Gidgee bridge/tailpiece and fretboard, Indonesian Rosewood pickup surrounds and Coastal Banksia headstock veneer

RNS Siren electric guitar Figured Myrtle 1

RNS Siren semi-acoustic thinline guitar with Figured Myrtle soundboard, Blackwood back and sides, matching Indian Rosewood bridge/tailpiece and fretboard, Huon Pine pickup surrounds and Figured Myrtle headstock veneer

RNS Siren electric guitar New Guinea Rosewood 1

RNS Siren semi-acoustic thinline guitar with New Guinea Rosewood/Rock Maple soundboard, Fiji Mahogany back and sides, Indonesian Rosewood bridge/tailpiece and pickup surrounds,Rock Maple fretboard and back stripe and Coastal Banksia headstock veneer

 

 

Alternative guitar body designs

RNS Siren electric guitar Maple 1

RNS Siren electric guitar Maple 2

RNS Siren electric guitar Maple 3

Carved Rock Maple top, solid body version of the RNS Siren guitar

RNS Harrier electric guitar Tasmanian Myrtle 1

RNS Harrier electric guitar Tasmanian Myrtle 2

RNS Harrier electric guitar Tasmanian Myrtle 3

RNS Harrier carved Tasmanian Myrtle top, solid body guitar, being a twin cutaway version of the Siren

RNS Harrier electric guitar Blackwood 1

RNS Harrier electric guitar Blackwood 2

RNS Harrier electric guitar Blackwood 3

RNS Harrier semi-acoustic thinline guitar, with Tasmanian Blackwood soundboard, being a twin cutaway version of the RNS Siren

 

Various decorative headstock veneers

Coastal Banksia guitar headstock veneer

Coastal Banksia

Figured Myrtle guitar headstock veneer

Figured Tasmanian Myrtle

Tiger Myrtle guitar headstock veneer

Tiger Myrtle

Blackwood guitar headstock veneer

Tasmanian Blackwood

 

Australian Handcrafted Electric Guitars

RNS Siren Semi-Acoustic Thinline Guitar Features

Each RNS Siren semi-acoustic thinline electric guitar is handcrafted to cater for players looking for an individual, lightweight instrument which can satisfy all their guitar needs in one instrument whether their musical style is rock, blues, country, jazz, rockabilly, soul, metal or even acoustic folk (pretty much any style). 

Tiger Myrtle guitar 1

(Above)RNS Siren semi-acoustic thinline guitar with solid Tiger Myrtle soundboard
(below left)Figured Blackwood soundboard (below right)Maple back, Black Walnut stripe and control cover

Figured Blackwood guitar 1Black Walnut guitar 1

High quality electric and acoustic tone variations can easily be accessed via a combination of Seymour Duncan ’59 (bridge) and Jazz (neck) pickups and an LR Baggs Element Active undersaddle pickup/preamp system.

Casuarina guitar 1

Separate pickup coil switches allow you to go from classic humbucker tones to single coil or a mix of both in an instant. The acoustic pickup switch allows you to have real acoustic tone either through your main amp or through a separate PA or acoustic amp, which can be mixed with the ’59 and Jazz pickups in mono or stereo.

Black Walnut guitar 2

The unique, semi-hollow body is designed to provide a lightweight, highly resonant natural acoustic tone whilst limiting feedback issues usually associated with semi-hollow electric guitars.

Black Wanut guitar 3

Each guitar features carefully selected solid timbers for soundboards, backs, sides, pickup surrounds, rear control plate, bridge and tailpiece.

To hear demonstration of the tonal options available

Body design

The body of the RNS Siren semi-acoustic thinline guitar has been designed to offer something a little different without being radical. Larger than a Les Paul, smaller than a 335, it is a lightweight (approximately 2.8-2.9kgs or 6.2-6.4 lbs), balanced guitar, comfortable to play standing or sitting.

Tiger Myrtle guitar 2

Each guitar is constructed with all solid timbers and includes separate soundboard, back and bent sides.

Semi-acoustic guitar 1Guitar soundposts 1

Internally a partial centre block is placed between the pickups with 2 soundposts located near the bridge. This allows the main part of the guitar soundboard to resonate but limits the excessive resonance that can cause feedback issues.

Necks

Necks are designed for comfort, with a medium dimension C meets D neck profile aimed at providing excellent playability for a broad range of guitar player’s needs. Playability is further enhanced with a very smooth oiled finish. Fretboards feature 22 medium jumbo frets, 12 inch radius and pau dot inlays.

Guitar neck shaping 1

Guitar neck shaping 2

Solid neck construction includes a 2 piece Rock Maple ‘sandwich’ with a feature centre strip such as Blackwood or Rosewood, as well as an adjustable truss rod. Stability is ensured with a tight fitting set neck/body joint.

Guitar neck joint 1 Guitar neck joint 2

Headstocks are also designed for strength with a scarf joint, reinforced with side laminations and a feature timber headstock veneer. The adjustable truss rod nut is located under a screwless, matching feature timber cover.

Guitar headstock Guitar headstock veneer 1

Eack neck includes a handcut bone nut and quality Gotoh tuners.

Bridge and Tailpiece

To accomodate the LR Baggs undersaddle pickup and to maximise acoustic response, the bridge and tailpiece have been designed on similar principles to an acoustic guitar, with a bone saddle and bridge pins set in timber and directly anchored to the soundboard.

Electric guitar bridge 1

The tailpiece allows the strings to attach into the soundboard, providing the tightest connection between the string end and body. 

Electric guitar bridge 2

The base of the bridge is screwed directly to the soundboard and connected to the strings via the compensated bone saddle to maximise transmission of string vibration to the soundboard. Coupled with the LR Baggs Element Active undersaddle acoustic pickup/preamp system, this produces a true, high quality acoustic tone as well as providing the basis for excellent sustain and tone from the '59 and Jazz pickups.

Electric guitar bridge 3

The bridge/saddle is set up to ensure excellent intonation and action. However, unlike a conventional acoustic guitar bridge, the separate, screwed bridge allows movement to facilitate adjustment for overall intonation if required following a change of string gauge. Overall action can be altered with the use of rosewood shims that fit between the saddle and undersaddle pickup.

Timbers/Finish

Each guitar features solid timbers, carefully selected for both tonal qualities and appearance. All timber parts are made in house from larger timber stock.

Tasmanian or Gippsland Blackwood or Rock Maple is generally used for body backs and sides with feature timbers such as Tiger Myrtle, Figured Blackwood, Casuarina and Walnut being used for soundboards.

Guitar timbers 1 Guitar timbers 2

(Above left) Select timbers used to make guitar parts (above right) Rock Maple sides cut from larger slab

Some of the timbers used for pickup surrounds include Huon Pine, Indonesian Rosewood and Rock Maple, with headstock veneers and inlays being made with feature timbers such as Coastal Banksia, Tiger Myrtle and Figured Blackwood. Bindings are usually Rock Maple, with some featuring double binding using contrasting timbers such as Indonesian Rosewood or Australian Red Cedar.

Guitar timbers 3

(Above) Rock Maple binding cut from larger timber stock

Indian or Indonesian Rosewood or Rock Maple is generally used for fretboards but other select timbers such as Australian Gidgee are also used.

Maple guitar fretboard

Gidgee guitar fretboard

(Above top) Rock Maple fretboard (above lower) Australian Gidgee fretboard

The colours you see on the guitars are all natural, with no stains used. These natural colours are brought to life on the soundboard and headstock veneer with acrylic lacquer and on the body back and sides, neck and fretboard with a smooth, oiled finish. All finishes are applied thinly, sufficient to provide protection without impacting on tone.

Guitar Electronics

Electronics in the RNS Siren have been designed to maximise the tonal variations available from the Seymour Duncan pickups and LR Baggs undersaddle pickup/preamp to provide the player with full control over the tonal potential of the guitar. Real acoustic tones, humbucker tones, single coil tones or any mix of these are available, making it possible to use this guitar to produce a wide variety of useful tones.

The degree to which this tonal potential is used is up to each player. It can be used as little or as much as you like. If all you want is a classic bridge humbucker tone, a noise free single coil rhythm tone and a quality acoustic tone, then the Siren offers this without complication. However, if you want to mix it up and discover your own tone, then the options to find it are at your fingertips.

Magnetic pickups

The Seymour Duncan Jazz (SH2) neck and ’59 bridge (SH1) pickups provide the tonal basis for everything from classic rock to clean jazz to twangy country rhythm or heavy metal.

Seymour Duncan pickups

Broad tonal variations are made available by using a 3 way coil selector switch for each pickup. This allows for humbucker in series (normal humbucker sounds), humbucker in parallel (effectively 2 single coils) and single coil selection. The normal 3 way pickup selector switch allows these to be used individually or in a variety of mixes. The volume control (with treble bleed cap) and tone control add further potential, especially when used in combination with the acoustic pickup.

Electric guitar controls

Whilst many guitars these days feature 2 way coil splitting, allowing 'humbucker in series' and 'single coil', the addition of the 'humbucker in parallel' option has a number of advantages. These include providing a single coil tone but with the benefit of a hum cancelling effect, useful in a venue where a lot of single coil ‘noise’ is being created. It can also provide a number of tones which are distinctive from the other single coil tones, particularly when used in conjunction with the acoustic pickup.

Acoustic pickup system

Genuine acoustic tone comes via the LR Baggs Element Active undersaddle pickup/preamp system, as used on many acoustic guitars. This system, combined with the use of a bone saddle/timber bridge and the natural resonance of the solid timber soundboard, produces a high quality acoustic tone. This is aimed at satisfying the player's acoustic needs on stage or in the studio from the one guitar, with the benefit of much reduced feedback.

On board controls include a 3 way switch and volume control/battery switch (with treble bleed cap).

Electric guitar controls 2

The 3 way switch allows the pickup to be used on its own or in parallel with the ’59 and Jazz pickups, either in mono or in stereo. In the middle position, the pickup is off. In the down position the pickup can be used in mono, through your main amplifier, either on its own or in combination with the other pickups. In the up position, using a stereo cable, the pickup signal can be sent to a separate PA or acoustic amp for use on its own or in conjunction with the other pickups running through your main amplifier. This provides a broad range of useful tones not normally available on an electric guitar.

Battery Switch

The LR Baggs Element Active preamp is powered by a 9v battery, which would normally be switched on when a lead is plugged into the jack socket. Whenever a lead is plugged in, battery power is being used.

As the RNS Siren is likely to be used primarily as an electric guitar, this would result in the battery being drained unnecessarily when the acoustic pickup is not in use. In order to maximise battery life, a push/pull, on/off switch is included in the acoustic volume control. For acoustic use just pull the volume knob up and the preamp will be activated. In the down position the battery is switched off, prolonging battery life.

Electric guitar battery switch 1Electric guitar battery switch 2

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