Brian May Guitars Rhapsody Electro-Acoustic

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Dr. May with The BMG Rhapsody

Brian May with Kerry Ellis on the intimate "One Voice" European tour at Teatro Le Muse, Ancona, Italy on 21st February 2016.

  

The Brian May Guitars Rhapsody

The Acoustic Centre and House Music have had a long association with Brian May... the Brit guitar legend has been a loyal customer and friend for many years, even going so far as to cut the ribbon for the grand opening of their London City branch. The store - along with the Bass Centre - was also a major supplier of kit for the West End and touring productions of the smash hit Queen musical "We Will Rock You".

More prominently, Brian and his long serving guitar tech, Pete Malandrone have been active in an ongoing collaboration with House Music under the BRIAN MAY GUITARS moniker, a hugely successful vehicle for a range of cost-conscious, production replicas inspired by Brian's "Red Special", the iconic instrument he constructed with his father more than 50 years ago that has since become as celebrated as the great man himself.

In addition Brian May has also contributed to the development of a range of other instruments including The BMG Bass, BMG Uke and The BMG RHAPSODY.


A superb, next generation, small-bodied, electro-acoustic guitar designed in collaboration with Brian May, the BMG Rhapsody features a distinctive RS-style double cutaway design and serious quality Fishman on-board electrics.

This new, upgraded 2020 version of the Rhapsody now features the Fishman Flex Blend system - incorporating a Sonicore under-saddle pickup for true acoustic reproduction and a soundhole mounted condenser microphone for an additional level of dynamic sound quality. The discrete Flex Series preamp includes a volume control, pickup blend, chromatic LED tuner with mute, phase switch, and a variable semi-parametric EQ control that allows players to choose either a natural, flat sound (with no EQ) or dial in a “scooped” tone with progressively emphasized treble and bass, and a reduced midrange response, dependent on their playing style.

With its compact dimensions, road-ready construction and a crisp, versatile sound, the Rhapsody makes an ideal travel companion, songwriting partner and first-call studio instrument with a delivery and performance fit for any professional stage.

The BMG Rhapsody Features

  • Natural Gloss Finish Solid Spruce Top
  • Sapele Back & Sides with Ivory Binding
  • Luan Neck with Dual Action Trussrod
  • Edge Bound Techwood Fingerboard
  • 24 Fret + Zero Fret
  • Techwood Bridge with PPC Saddle and Ebony Bridge Pins
  • Chrome Open-Gear Machineheads with Ebony Tuner Buttons
  • Fishman Sonicore Under-Saddle Pickup
  • Fishman Soundhole Mounted Electret-Condenser Cardioid Microphone
  • Fishman Flex Blend Onboard Preamp
  • Fitted with D'Addario EXP-16 Acoustic Strings
  • Includes Padded Soft Case with Embroidered Brian May Guitars Logo

Fishman Presys+ Features

Style, elegance and intuitive design are the hallmarks of Fishman’s Flex Series. With a discrete, feature-packed footprint, the highly detailed and stylized knobs have been designed with ergonomics, elegance and function in mind, offering precision performance and a smooth feel.

    • Volume Control
    • Chromatic LED Tuner with Automatic Mute
    • One-knob Rotary Tone Control with Phase Switch
    • Blend Control
    • 1/4" Combination 9 Volt Battery Box
    Body Solid Spruce Top / Sapele Back & Sides
    Finish Natural
    Neck Luan
    Fingerboard Techwood with White Pearl Dot Inlays
    Frets 24 Medium +  Zero Fret
    Nut PPS
    Body Bindings Ivory ABS Pinstripe Binding
    Bridge Techwood with PPS Saddle and Ebony Bridge Pins
    Tuners 3-A-Side M-1060CR Chrome Enclosed Gear Machines, with Ebony Tuning Buttons
    Pickup Fishman Sonicore Under-Saddle Transducer
    Microphone Fishman Soundhole Mounted Electret-Condenser Cardioid Microphone
    Electronics Fishman Flex Blend Preamp - Volume Control, Tuner with LED Display + Mute Function, Tone Control with Phase Switch, Pickup Blend Control
    Scale Length 614mm (24.17")
    Total Length 1016mm (40")
    Width @ Nut 45mm (1.77")
    Width @ 12th Fret 57mm (2.24")
    Width @ 20th Fret 60mm (2.36")
    Body Depth (Upper) 75mm (2.95")
    Body Depth (Lower) 85mm (3.35")
    Strings D'Addario EXP16 Phosphor Bronze Regular Light • Plain Steel : .012 - .016 - .024 • Wound : .032 - .042 - .053
    Extras Padded Soft Case with Embroidered BMG Logo

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