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The Rapier™ 44, is the latest model in this successful series of electric guitars by the legendary UK guitar builder and designer Alan Entwistle, based on the original iconic Rapier’s that played a major role in the industry of British built guitars from the 1960s. Now with a quartet of Entwistle EWR64 mini-double coil pickups and Rapier’s famous switching system producing 15 sonic permutations, the new generation Rapier 44, looks stunning finished in Fiesta Red with white scratchpate and Arctic White with black scratchplate, and retains all the glorious charms and visual characteristics of the original. Significant tonewood and hardware upgrades include an African Okoume body, 4-bolt, Canadian hard rock maple soft ‘C’ profiled neck with fully adjustable truss rod and a 23 fret (including zero fret), 12 inch radius fingerboard. For accurate intonation, tuning stability and perfect return to pitch from the original HI-LO vibrato design, the Rapier 44, now includes smooth friction-free precision cut, 43mm GraphTech nut, Wilkinson WJ55 E-Z Lok machine heads and high spec’d roller bridge.
Rapier 44 Features
Body: Original double-cutaway solid body featuring Okoume, a central African tonewood chosen specifically for its warmth, depth and high-end clarity.
Vibrato: Original Rapier Hi Lo design smooth action vibrato system, with chrome finish.
Pickups: 4 Alan Entwistle low-noise EWR64 mini-double coil pickups, delivering exceptional tonal response, balance output and clarity.
Controls: Two Volume Controls and a Tone control. 3-way pickup selector switch. 2 slide switches: Middle pickup selector and bass.
Machine heads: Wilkinson WJ55 patented E-Z-Lok machine heads. Simple, effective locking action for increased tuning stability. Staggered string post heights provide correct string rake angle for smooth vibrato action and correct playing tension.
Neck: 4 bolt hard rock Canadian Maple with soft ‘C’ profile for instant comfort, speed, accuracy and great feel. Fully adjustable truss rod,
Fingerboard: 12" radius rosewood fingerboard, fitted with 23 medium jumbo frets (including zero fret).
Scale Length:24.75" / 628.5 mm.
Frets:23 - including zero fret. Medium profile for added comfort, accuracy and an overall positive feel.
Nut: GraphTech friction-free 43mm nut.
Headstock: Classic design with new generation Rapier logo.
The Rapier™ 44 is a collaboration between Alan Entwistle and JHS.
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