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Rathbone ventures into the world of parlor guitars with all-new No. 6 acoustic range

Rathbone No. 6 Parlor guitars
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British boutique acoustic guitar brand Rathbone has added to its family of sensibly priced six-strings with the all-new No. 6 range of parlor guitars.

As the name would suggest, it’s the sixth addition to Rathbone’s lineup, and marks the first time the company has ventured into the world of parlor-sized six-strings, having previously prioritized dreadnought, orchestra, grand auditorium, baby-concert and single-cutaway designs.

The No. 6 series comprises two separate models – the R6SB and R6M – both of which feature a 24.4” scale length, 42mm bone nut and rosewood fretboard and bridge.

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Rathbone No. 6 Parlor guitars

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Rathbone No. 6 Parlor guitars

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Rathbone No. 6 Parlor guitars

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Other appointments include open-gear chrome tuners, abalone rosettes and a slotted angled headstock, purportedly included to increase note clarity and definition.

Aside from that, the acoustics are wholly independent of one another. First up is the R6M, which boasts an all-mahogany design – that means a mahogany neck, back, sides and top.

Meanwhile, the R6SB sports a slightly more exotic combo comprising a solid Engelmann spruce top with bocote back and sides.

So, what can you expect from these two tidy offerings? According to Rathbone, the all-mahogany iteration is the warmer model of the pair, promising a mellow tone that sits nicely within a mix featuring other instruments.

Rathbone No. 6 Parlor guitars

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As for the R6SB, Rathbone says that the bocote-built instrument offers up maple-like qualities, promising “excellent projection with wonderful clarity."

There are no official US prices, though both the R6M and R6SB models are currently listing on the brand's website for £295 and £395, respectively.

To find out more, head over to Rathbone.

Matt Owen

Matt is a News Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.