STUDIO SERIES OM
BY CHARLES SAUFLEY
Brace-free top construction Fishman Prefix Plus-T preamp and undersaddle transducer Adjustable truss rod
simple headstock, which is an understated
union of classic, American, utilitarian
motifs (Martin, Stella) and more contem-
There’s not much else to the Studio
OM, at least on the surface. The tuners are smooth and cool-looking chrome
Gotohs with a responsive 1: 18 gear ratio.
The preamp and pickup configuration is an
intuitive and easy-to-use Fishman Prefix-T
system with undersaddle transducer.
The most interesting aspects of the
Studio OM are what you don’t see on
the surface. Carbon-fiber guitar makers
25. 4" scale
In the oft-puritanical realms of guitardom, any deviation from the norm can raise
ire and incite calls of blasphemy. And when
it comes to the heresy, otherwise known
carbon-fiber guitars, not even decades of
acceptance by discerning players can sway
some hard-core, flattop dogmatists.
It’s a damn shame too, because there’s a
lot of upside to carbon-fiber instruments—
from durability, to tuning stability, and
smooth playing performance. What’s more,
many carbon fiber guitars are just plain
good, regardless of what they’re built from.
The new RainSong Studio Series OM (
officially dubbed the S-OM1000N2) is one
of them—a sturdy, balanced, playable, and
well-proportioned instrument that’s perfect
for any serious guitarist that’s
always on the run.
Even if you can’t
to the outward
appearance of a
with its matte,
denying the handsome proportions
of the Studio OM.
The cutaway’s style
is a almost a cross
which tastefully and
modestly attests to
the design malleability of carbon fiber and
RainSong’s own sense of
aesthetics. A simple two-pin-stripe rosette is further evidence
of tasteful restraint. So is the