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The RBM2, also known as the RBM2NT, is an RBM series solid body electric guitar model introduced by Ibanez in 1991. It is a signature model of American guitarist Reb Beach, who is best known for his work in the melodic rock band Winger. The RBM2 was made in Japan by FujiGen.

The RBM body style is the second unique body shape used by Beach after the modified Explorer styled WRB3 model. The body, which was designed by Reb Beach himself, features a deep cutaway at the back of the body all the way to the tremolo. It is also known as Voyager style.

The RBM2 features a mahogany body with an Hawaiian koa top bolted to a Bolivian rosewood neck with a 22-fret Bolivian rosewood fingerboard with ivoroid dot position markers. Components include active EMG pickups with a humbucker at the bridge and single coils in the middle and neck positions, an EMG EQ switch and a double locking tremolo bridge. The RBM2 was introduced with an Edge tremolo; for 1992 the trem was changed to the Lo Pro Edge.

The RBM1 is a similar model with some less expensive features such as a maple neck, rosewood fretboard, Ibanez pickups and no exotic top.

The RBM2 was discontinued after 1993. It was replaced by the somewhat similar RBM400.

Specifications

Specifications for RBM2
Model name: RBM2/ RBM2NT
Year(s) produced: 1991–1993
Sold in: Worldwide
Made in: Japan
Finish(es): Natural (NT) a.k.a. Oil (OL)
Body
Body material:
Mahogany w/ Hawaiian koa top
Neck joint:
AANJ
Bridge:
1991: Edge tremolo
1992-1993: Lo-Pro Edge tremolo
Hardware color:
Gold
Pickguard:
Brass
Neck
Neck type:
1991-1992: RBM
1993: Ultra
Neck material:
1-piece Bolivian Rosewood
Scale length:
648mm/ 25½"
Fingerboard material:
Bolivian Rosewood
Fingerboard inlays:
Ivoroid dot
Frets:
22 / Jim Dunlop #6130
Nut:
Top-Lok III
Electronics
Pickup configuration:
HSS
Bridge pickup:
EMG 89 (H)
Middle pickup:
EMG SA (S)
Neck pickup:
EMG SA (S)
Controls:
Master volume / EMG SPC (mid-range boost) toggle / 5-way lever

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