It all started back in 2000, when world-renown industrial designer Ravi Sawhney was taking guitar lessons. He couldn't find a guitar stand that he liked. He approached one of his designers, Paul Janowski, and said, "let's design a guitar stand." Paul half-jokingly replied, "Let's design a guitar!" After mulling this idea over, Ravi posed the project to his design team. They eagerly went to work. Fifteen pound of illustrations later, a design emerged based on a human skeletal form. The RKS designers refined it further; legend has it, using a popular singer/actress' body as inspiration. Thus was created the first prototype.
Ravi was introduced to rock legend Dave Mason by Ravi's brother Ramesh, and a close friend of Dave's. Dave brought the professional-working-guitar-player's perspective, and was key in making the RKS guitar an instrument that the most demanding player could appreciate.
After over 15,000 hours of design time and obsession, RKS had a guitar that was ready for prime time.
By the way, Ravi and the RKS design team did eventually design that guitar stand; it's amazing! They just got a little sidetracked along the way.