R2 Walnut

Availability: This guitar is currently built to order with a lead time of 6 to 8 months and is finished and assembled in Los Angeles, CA.

The Phred Instruments R2 is a small body archtop guitar Hand Made in California: carved top and back, sides moulded and shaped to form, all solid woods, parallel bracing, kerfing, and fully hollow. No details were spared in the making of R2.

Featuring a hand carved figured claro walnut top, back, and side.

Neck: Curly eastern maple with padauk center lamination.

Adironadack spruce top braces.

The body, f-holes, neck and headstock are bound.

Additional features include a high gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish, 24 frets, 25.5” scale length, 14" radius, 1 11/16" nut width.

include a dual humbucker setup with Seymour Duncan '59 pickups, discrete humbucker/split coil/parallel switches per pickup, and a 3-way pickup toggle. One main volume, and one tone control.

R2 is professionally setup in California with low action and D'Addario 10-46 strings. The frets are leveled, dressed and milled for a nice smooth and clean feel all around. Hardware and Electronics are installed in California as well.

Use Coupon Code 50PercentDown at checkout to make a 50% down payment on an R2 pre-order. The remaining balance will be due when your order goes into our Setup Queue.


This guitars includes a custom fit Hard Shell Case.


Replace the stock bone nut with a brass nut to enhance the guitar's natural sustain and brightness.
Brass Nut


Choose from the following Seymour Duncan pickups. Four-conductor wiring and no logo on the pickups.

'59 Pickups (SH-1) Stag Mag Pickups (SH-3)
Seymour Duncan '59 pickups Seymour Duncan Stag Mag SH-3 Pickups



Choose from the following Schaller M6, 6-inline, chrome tuning machine heads.
Schaller M6 Tuning Machine Heads on PHRED instruments Guitars

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The fully hollow archtop body features a figured claro walnut side, a figured claro walnut back, and a figured claro walnut top, with a dual humbucker setup, discrete split coil switches and a 3-way pickup toggle for many different tone combinations!

There is one master volume and one master tone knob for dialing in your tone. 

The guitar strings pass over a gabon ebony floating bridge with brass saddles that is not anchored to the guitar body. Similar to a violin, banjo or mandolin bridge, the bridge simply rests on top of the body and is held in place by string tension. 

The gabon ebony tailpiece is attached to the end of the guitar, holding the strings in place. 

There is one 1/4" standard guitar output jack on the side of the guitar body. 

R2 is delivered inside a custom Hard Shell Case.

The curly eastern maple with padauk center lamination neck is set-in to the body with glue.  The back of the neck contour is a C-shape that feels somewhere in between a strat and an LP neck, not too thin, and not too chunky either. 

The 2-octave gabon ebony fingerboard has 24 frets which are leveled and milled in California for a nice smooth feel along the edge of the fretboard and all around. 

The fretboard features a 14 inch radius which is perfect for soloing and playing chords up and down the fretboard.

Topping off the fretboard are hand cut "R2" pearl with reconstituted stone accent inlays, inspired by R2D2.

At the top of the neck, you'll find a bone nut for good sustain, with a tilt-back 6-inline headstock featuring our signature Phred Instruments logo in hand cut pearl. 

Under the fretboard is the adjustable double-expanding truss rod, keeping the neck stable in any climate.

The PHRED instruments R2 gets its inspiration from Trey Anastasio's Languedoc guitar, R2D2, and is our second generation of the Reprise model.

Products specifications
Body Style Archtop Hollow Body
Body Top Wood Figured Claro Walnut
Body Rear Wood Figured Claro Walnut
Body Side Wood Figured Claro Walnut
Body Binding White with Black Stripe
Bridge Style Floating with brass saddles
Stop Tailpiece Style Archtop Wood
Neck Wood Curly Eastern Maple with Padauk Center Lamination
Fretboard Wood Gabon Ebony
Frets 24 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length 25 1/2"
Fretboard Radius 14 inch
Nut Width 1 11/16"
Nut Material Bone
Fretboard Inlays Hand Cut Pearl with Reconstituted Stone Accents
Neck Binding White with Black Dots
Neck Stabilization Double-Expanding Truss Rod
Headstock Binding White with Black Stripe
Tuning Machines Schaller M6 Tuning Machines
Neck Pickup Seymour Duncan
Neck Pickup Color Chrome
Neck Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split/Parallel)
Bridge Pickup Seymour Duncan
Bridge Pickup Color Chrome
Bridge Pickup Toggle Switch Mini Toggle (Series/Split/Parallel)
Control Knobs and Toggles
Volume Knob(s) Master Volume Knob
Tone Knob(s) Master Tone Knob
Pickup Toggle 3-way Pickup Toggle
Output Jack(s) One Mono Ouput Jack
Other Specs
Guitar Strings D'Addario EXL 110 Nickel Wound 10-46
Dimensions TBD
Weight TBD
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Guitar setup

Professional Setup and Feel

To ensure that we deliver high quality playability and tone, one of our master guitar techs in the Los Angeles area meticulously inspects your guitar from headstock to the bottom strap button, and performs a setup to make your PHRED guitar feel comfortable to play. You can look forward to smooth level frets without any sharp edges, low string action, and adjusted intonation.  If you have a specific request for your guitar setup, just let us know.  All upgrade options purchased with this guitar are installed by our techs in Los Angeles while your guitar is getting a setup.


Satisfaction Guarantee

100% Satisfaction Guarantee

Purchase a PHRED guitar with peace of mind.  We will make every effort to ensure that you are happy with your PHRED guitar when it arrives.  However, because our products are customized, all sales are final.  Our warranty outlines situations where we will honor an exchange.


Left Handed guitars by PHRED instruments

Custom Builds for Left Handed Guitar Players

We do custom builds for left handed guitar players. In the Additional Notes text area above, just type in that you would like this guitar made left-handed.  There is no additional charge for left handed Phred guitars, but expect a 4-6 month build time. 


Shipping Options for PHRED guitars
Shipping Methods

If you live inside the continental USA, your guitar will ship via UPS Ground. If you live in Hawaii, your guitar will likely ship UPS 3 day. If you live outside of the USA, your guitar will likely ship via the United States Post Office. You may request FedEx shipping if you prefer FedEx delivery.


Package Tracking

Shipping Notification via Email

All guitars ship with a tracking number which will be emailed to you at the time of shipping. You will receive one email from PHRED instruments and possibly a second or third email from the shipping company and/or the place from which you purchased if it was other than the PHRED instruments website.


Phred International Shipping
International Shipping and Delivery Charges

Shipping charges are calculated at checkout for international shipping. If you live outside the USA, there may be additional import charges added at the time you receive your guitar. These charges are unknown to PHRED instruments, LLC, and will not be reimbursed by PHRED instruments, LLC.


Packaging without a Case
Packaging (without a hardshell case)

PHRED instruments guitars are placed inside a foam sleeve which is placed inside a corrugated guitar box with Styrofoam support for the guitar neck and bubble wrap around the bottom, top and sides of the guitar. The guitar box is sealed with clear tape and then wrapped with a second layer of corrugated cardboard and sealed with clear tape to add stability and strength to the shipping box.


Packaging with Case
Packaging (with a hardshell case)

PHRED instruments guitars are placed inside the hardshell case, the hardshell case is placed inside a plastic sleeve, and then placed inside a shipping box with cardboard end pieces, providing a protective air gap.




Damaged Package

What to do if there is Damaged upon Delivery

While it is extremely rare, there is a plan in place just in case things go wrong with the delivery. If your shipping box arrives with damage to the box (holes, tears, cuts, etc.), please take pictures of the box and email those photos to us. If possible, please also contact UPS (1-800-PICK-UPS) immediately to report it. If the guitar arrives with damage as well, please contact us immediately to arrange for a return request. We will need to setup a damage claim request with UPS and either tell UPS to pickup the package from your location, or have you return the package back to us.



Return Guitar

Return and Refund Policy

Purchase a PHRED guitar with peace of mind.  We will make every effort to ensure that you are happy with your PHRED guitar when it arrives.  However, because our products are customized, all sales are final.  Our warranty outlines situations where we will honor an exchange.

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