: RKS Guitars - “Gold Rush.”
RKS is a design firm that is best known for creating the latest version of the Panaflex camera, an insulin pump, and the Teddy Ruxpin doll. For a brief period of time, from roughly 2003-2007, it produced RKS Guitars and partnered with Dave Mason to develop signature models (Mason was actually a partner in the company). RKS’s instruments, based on the structure of a fe
The guitars were primarily constructed of composite, but when tone woods were used, they were hardly exotic; the wood came from American tree farms. The neck-through-body-construction allowed for openings in the body such that the pickup selector switch was situated in the acoustic cavity and not on the body top. The Gold Rush model shown here was a hollowbody electric. The company won numerous design awards but didn’t quite sell enough to keep the business going.