25 Jan Rapier
Rapier is a collaboration between legendary UK guitar builder and designer Alan Entwistle and JHS.
The result is a new generation of guitars – an amazing recreation of that sixties UK icon, The Rapier.
Guitar players of a certain age will recall, back in the mid 60’s, noses pressed up against the guitar shop window, staring at the totally unaffordable solid bodied American guitar in red, and next to it, the more affordable UK produced Rapier, the only credible alternative.
The range includes all those stars from yesteryear: the twin pickup Rapier 22, the astonishing four pickup Rapier 44, and the truly beautiful Rapier Saffire, a blend of styles from the 1960’s UK guitar constellation, available in a six string and bass.
Available in Fiesta Red, Daphne Blue, Arctic White, three tone Sunburst and an outstanding sapphire green to black sunburst, with 3-ply scratchplate and distinctive Rapier headstock logo.
The new generation Rapier series offers exceptional playability and performance, will evoke nostalgic memories for old-school players and collectors, and offer an eclectic and edgy pro-spec alternative to new young talent.
Models: Saffire Bass, Rapier 44, 33, 22 electric guitars, Saffire electric guitars, Saffire 12 string electric guitars
The Rapier 33 for example is a classic double cutaway solid bodied electric, instantly recognisable with its forward slanted middle pickup.
Whilst Entwistle has successfully retained all the glorious charms and visual characteristics of the original Rapier 33, significant and meticulous attention has been made within hardware upgrades, construction and playability.
The specification includes a soft ‘C’ profiled neck with fully adjustable truss rod, is now crafted from hard rock Canadian maple, with a 12in radius rosewood fingerboard, fitted with 23 medium jumbo frets (including zero fret).
For accurate intonation, tuning stability, and perfect return to pitch from the original vibrato design, the new generation Rapier 33 now features a smooth, friction-free, precision cut 43mm Graph Tech® NuBone® nut, Wilkinson® E-Z-Lok machine heads and high spec’d roller bridge.
Loaded with Entwhistle EWR64 twin blade twin coil pickups and updated circuitry which can boost treble, cut bass to provide low noise operation and that immediately recognisable 60’s jangle.
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