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GUILD BOB MARLEY £359
Guild has unveiled a tribute model for none other than reggae legend Bob Marley. The A-20 Marley is based on the Guild Madeira A-20 acoustic, which Bob used to write many of his hits. It’s a dreadnought-style body, fitted with a solid spruce top and mahogany back and sides. The neck is also mahogany, fitted with a pau ferro fingerboard with a 648mm (25.5-inch) scale length and, in keeping with Bob’s 70s Guilds, features a flat, round-cornered headstock and period-correct Guild logo. There’s a Marley script inlay at the 12th fret, plus Bob’s signature on the scratchplate. Meanwhile, inside the included deluxe gigbag there’s a booklet containing the history of Bob’s guitar, three custom picks and an exclusive poster of Bob with his Guild. www.guildguitars.com
RAPIER 33 £429
John Hornby Skewes and guitar designer Alan Entwistle have teamed up to revive the Watkins Rapier (albeit without the Watkins brand name). The Rapier 33 resembles the same double-cut outline as the Brit classic, but this time it comes loaded with Entwistle EWR64 foil-style mini-humbuckers. These are controlled by a three-way switch giving you bridge/ neck combinations, with a slider switch to engage the middle pickups – that’s seven tonal options from the pickup switching alone. There’s new hardware, too, with a modernised Original Rapier Hi Lo bridge/vibrato, Wilkinson E-Z-Lok tuners, a Graph Tech bone nut. It’s available in 3 Tone Sunburst, Artic White, Daphne Blue and Fiesta Red. Full review next issue. www.jhs.co.uk