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RainSong Hybrid Series H-DR1100N2 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar

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The RainSong Hybrid H-DR1100N2 acoustic guitar combines carbon fiber with glass fiber construction to achieve the signature RainSong sound and road- ...Click To Read More About This Product

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Signature RainSong tone and projection in a high-tech fusion of materials.

The RainSong Hybrid H-DR1100N2 acoustic guitar combines carbon fiber with glass fiber construction to achieve the signature RainSong sound and road- tough stability at an attractive price. The dreadnought is the traditional workhorse of acoustic guitar music. With a large, deep body and wide waist, RainSong's DR acoustic guitar has the powerful bass and ringing treble of a great rhythmic guitar, but still maintains a wonderfully balanced sound, with clear distinction among individual notes.

From rhythm to lead, the RainSong DR guitar makes its presence known. Capable of cutting through admirably in any acoustic setting, the RainSong Hybrid DR guitar is loud enough to compete with banjos, mandolins, and other traditional volume hogs.

The N2 neck on the RainSong Hybrid H-DR1100N2 acoustic guitar is a result of an extensive, long-term collaboration with the renowned artist Steve Miller and Master Luthier John Bolin. The neck design is based on a modified "U" profile that has been popular in guitars since the 1950s. It has a substantial feel that is ergonomically sound and results in better transfer of string vibration energy to the soundboard. The RainSong guitar 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 the truss rod is to allow customization of the relief to suit individual preferences. Includes case.

FEATURES
  • 6-string acoustic
  • Dreadnought
  • Carbon/glass fiber body
  • Carbon/glass fiber top
  • 25.4" scale
  • Bolt-on glue neck joint
  • Modified "U" neck profile
  • Carbon fiber neck
  • Composite fretboard
  • 21 frets
  • 1-3/4" nut width
  • 20" radius
  • Composite bridge
  • Gotoh tuners
  • Chrome hardware
  • High-gloss polyurethane finish
  • Includes RainSong hardshell case
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RainSongHybrid Series H-DR1100N2 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 7 reviews)

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83%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good audio (6)
  • Consistent (5)
  • Stays in tune (5)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Fun to play (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (3)
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(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Dreadnought

By Jon Fields

from Allentown, PA

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Comments about RainSong Hybrid Series H-DR1100N2 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

To my ear, it is a big loud dreadnought with all the rich over tones and low end response I expect from any fine dreadnought guitar (my benchmark is a Martin HD-28V, which I had the chance to A-B it against on the day the RainSong arrived). If being composite means more than durability and lack of worry, it might have given it a touch more high end than the HD-28V, though that could be the newer strings. I would not call it uniquely composite sounding in any way.The attention to detail in its construction (inside and out) is excellent (heads and shoulder better than my CA, though it is a lower end raw model). The nut is perfectly fit and cut. The fret job is perfect (I would call my CA?s fret job as being perfectly functional, and stainless is no excuse given the perfect stainless Carvin?s I?ve seen). Looking inside there are no wrinkles or anything less than ideal. The neck relief is just right (~~.005?, slighter than my smallest feeler gauge) and the action at 3/32" and 2/32" (low/high E, 12th fret) is very aggressive. It is great to see that the guitar can handle that. But for my planned usage I want to be able to really cut through single note lead lines and I plan to shim the saddle in 1/32? increments to see where I want it, and then make a new saddle.I think a full gloss American made guitar at this price point is very competitive (the cheapest all gloss Martin lists for ~$2.5K).

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

wow simply great

By just me and my guitar

from michigan

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

  • NONE

Best Uses

  • Everything You Can
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about RainSong Hybrid Series H-DR1100N2 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

when i bought the guitar i was really looking to get a martin,,i have several all wood very nice guitars and mandolins,,i teach,i play,i love music,,living in michigan it's a constant battle with the temp changes and weather,constantly watching the humidity and having to adjust for temp's,,i have never had to make an adjustment on this guitar for any of that,,it's sound is amazing,the action on the guitar was a bit higher than i like a simple saddle adjustment and it's spot on for me,,this guitar stays in tune better then any i've owned,i use elixer's on it and in an acoustic setting the sound hog's like our mando's,,have met there match,,,,,quite simply it's a dream to own and play,,when i pick up another guitar now i'm just spoiled to my rainsong and find other's lacking.....

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent, forever stable guitar

By CarbonConvert

from Klamath Falls, OR

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Pros

  • Consistent
  • Good Feel
  • Loud
  • Rich Sound
  • Stays In Tune

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about RainSong Hybrid Series H-DR1100N2 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

    This is an amazing playing, great sounding, and indestructible guitar. Highly recommended.

    I think it's the only Rainsong that doesn't come stock with electronics. But acoustically, it's the LOUDEST guitar I have (incl. a 1968 D-28 and Composite Acoustics dreadnaught). It is also very comfortably light, but of course, MUCH stronger and hardy than a fine wood guitar.

    SOUND: People say Rainsong is to Taylor as Composite Acoustics is to Martin. I don't really get that here. I agree that my CA dreadnaught has the Martin thing going on, but this Rainsong sounds more like a super-steroid Martin D-28. Different. . . but very good. I don't think they're TRYING to get a specific wood sound in their design—just a GOOD sound. And they do. Even as a dreadnaught, you can get amazing sensitivity and responsiveness in finger picking. In fact I've been keeping this one in open tuning for solo slack key playing, but in a flatpicking jam circle this baby will throw it down. Soundwise, if I HAD to keep only one it would be the CA . . . but that's hypothetical and this Rainsong is definitely a keeper in it's own right. It is "warmer" than the earlier Rainsongs I've played. One last point: I disagree that composite guitars lack the "complexity" of wood guitars—I think that is true only for wood guitars costing 3-4 times the price, or that are 40+ yrs old like my D-28.

    PLAYABILITY: even though the neck is (comfortably) meaty, THIS is where I see the Taylor comparison—just an incredibly well-playing guitar. Strings fret very low at the nut, overall action is low but with no buzz and yet it's a canon (or can be). AND you can adjust the otherwise unnecessary truss rod to your absolute ideal action and it will stay there (!) through the seasons, through monsoon then drought, essentially forever. Finally, I've had it for over a month now and the only tuning I've done (since it came out of the box in tune!!!) has been a small tweak to the B string after much bending.

    (2 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Not playable!

    By Chris

    from Las Vegas

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    Pros

    • Consistent

    Cons

    • Flat Sound

    Best Uses

      Comments about RainSong Hybrid Series H-DR1100N2 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

      I am a professional inventor/musician/songwriter this guitar reminded me of when I was a child and would go into Thrifty Drug Store and pick up a 29.00 Tyesco Guitar. And, wondered how someone could even play it. I was hoping for this to be my answer to my Guitar's all drying out in Las Vegas. However, this one is worse then the guitar's I just gave away, which were Alverez and two custom Carvin's due to wood shrinkage. I guess I will just have to deal with the issue's of a wood guitar. At least they are playable.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I bought this guitar now for the second time

      By Jon Fields

      from Allentown, PA

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Durable
      • LOUD!!!
      • Rich Sound
      • Stays In Tune

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about RainSong Hybrid Series H-DR1100N2 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

        If you look down the list of reviews you will find my review after buying this guitar for the first time. It was a new design from RainSong at the time. Later I ended up selling it and buying the top-of-the-line CO-DR1000N2. In a light, compact gig bag they are nearly as sturdy as a wooden guitar in a heavy, bulky case. This guitar is perfect for carrying on a plane (pay for early boarding) in a gig bag. The knocks of travel in a gig bag are never going to crack it. Add in you can leave it in a hot or cold car and don't need to worry about humidity it is as carefree as a Fender Telecaster. I installed the pickup mentioned below myself and I can tell you first hand it is made of stuff that is very hard and does not drill easily. It should be much harder to ding than a wooden guitar (in fact I've never put a ding in any RainSong I've owned...not true for my Taylors or Martins over the years).

        Rainsong guitars are loud and bright. In a jam session with other acoustic instruments you can pick a RainSong harder and get more volume than any wooden guitar. I put a Mi-Si Trio in mine and it is a great gigging instrument with startling good tone out of that very simple no-battery pickup based on the Baggs Active Element. Piezo pickups that sound quacky on a wooden guitar sound very natural on a RainSong. Of RainSong's guitar variations, I think this one sounds most like a wooden guitar; the brightness of a 000-18 with more volume headroom than a HD-28V.

        However does not have the beauty of top grade wood and in a quiet room I think I prefer the tone of a 000-18, but not by much. The bottom line is it is VERY long on practical aspects and maybe slightly behind the best wooden guitars in aesthetics.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect Composite Guitar

        By Cass

        from Delray Beach, FL

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Rich Sound
        • Stays In Tune
        • Vintage Acoustic Sound

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about RainSong Hybrid Series H-DR1100N2 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            I have owned most of the composite guitars on the market in my quest for one that sounds most like my vintage dreadnaughts & this is it!

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Sound, Light Weight, and Durable

            By JT

            from Wichita, KS

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            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Great sound
            • Light Weight
            • Rich Sound
            • Stays In Tune

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Great For Travel
            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about RainSong Hybrid Series H-DR1100N2 Dreadnought Acoustic Guitar:

            The Guitar is easy to play with the 1.75" nut. With plenty of space E to E. Loud when played hard with a clear bell like tone when played soft. And no worry's with temperature or humidity changes. The Guitar arrived in perfect shape and a day earlier than scheduled. I'm very pleased with the guitar, you will be too.

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