The BMG Rhapsody Electro-Acoustic

The BMG Rhapsody Electro-Acoustic
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"It plays like a professional instrument and has all the on-board electronics to complement the fact" - dv247 Magazine

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

This new, upgraded version now features the Fishman Flex Blend system, incorporating a Sonicore under-saddle pickup for true acoustic reproduction plus a soundhole mounted condenser microphone for an additional level of dynamic sound quality. The discrete, side mounted 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 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.

BMG Rhapsody 2020 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 Flex Blend Electronics

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

Dr. Brian May with singer Kerry Ellis on the duo's intimate "One Voice" 2016 European theatre tour with his natural finish Brian May Guitars Rhapsody

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 / LED Tuner with Mute / Tone / Phase Switch / Pickup Blend
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 Bout) 75mm (2.95")
Body Width (Upper Bout) 24cm (9.5")
Body Depth (Lower Bout) 85mm (3.35")
Body Width (Lower Bout) 35cm (13.8")
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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Rating:  
Beautiful
Monday, 19 April 2021  | 

I received my guitar today and Im really happy to discover it in the real - she is so beautiful and I cant wait to start playing it tomorrow!

I would also like to thank you for the quick shipment and the efficiency of your service. To be honest, I was not expecting that she would arrive so rapidly. Its a birthday gift to myself and I thought It was more prudent to order it a few weeks in advance to have it in time. Now its sure that I will definitively not miss the date... in May!

Thank you very much!

 

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A beauty
Wednesday, 14 April 2021  | 

Such a beautiful Instrument!! I am so happy with it! I enjoy playing and try to my best to be worthy of this special guitar... Thanks all of you and take care!
Keep on Rocking! Cheers Roland

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Excellent
Sunday, 11 April 2021  | 

A excellent guitar.

I already have the Red Special and love how close the sound was to Brian's sound, but also wanted a acoustic guitar with the ability to mix piezo pickup and built-in mic to get a rich acoustic sound into a amp, or mixer for recording.

Not so big as some acoustic guitars, so easy to handle, and with a nice low action on the strings for easy fretting without killing your fingers.

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Rating:  
Really pleased
Monday, 29 March 2021  | 

This is a really good guitar. Small, but the sound is brilliant both through an amp or played on its own. The build quality is excellent - which is what you would expect from BMG.

The guitar was delivered 24 hours after ordering (which is amazing service) and I have played it every day.

Small, comfortable and a great sound. I would give it six stars if I could!

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Rating:  
Great guitar, great delivery service, too
Monday, 8 March 2021  | 

This order went as smoothly as it could. The product is great... I enjoy playing the BMG Rhapsody a lot (guitar not at fault for my lack of practice/talent hahaha).

The delivery was smooth too. I live in Luxembourg (EU) and the delivery was easy despite Brexit regulations.

What's next? A Red Special, or maybe the Bass, I wonder....?!

All the best to the BMG team!

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Rating:  
First impressions count, don't they?
Saturday, 6 March 2021  | 

It is way too early to review the BMG Rhapsody in depth - but my foremost impression is: it plays amazingly well for an acoustic guitar. Comparing the size to my Takamine and Gibson acoustics, it is pretty small but yet full sounding. It consists mainly of neck (24 really accessible frets) and of less body. This might be a reason for its handy haptic.

The service was almost flawless: as a customer in the EU I would have liked some info on the tax and custom fee I had to pay, as well as the overall procedure. The given shipping information was simply dead wrong. I had to investigate actively, how to complete the delivery.

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Response:

As explained on the SHOPPING BASKET and CUSTOMER SUPPORT PAGE pages, since Brexit, supplies of product to the European Union are now zero-rated for UK VAT/sales tax.

The 'Worldwide' prices for all BMG products therefore now apply to ALL purchases outside the UK and include a 20% tax-free export discount for all international customers.

However, before delivery, customers across the EU are advised that they will need to pay standard VAT/sales tax for their order, according to the rules in their own country (plus a modest customs clearance charge, over which we have no control).

Effectively, for EU customers, the final price should therefore be equivalent to purchasing the product in their own country.

For further clarity, we strongly advise customers to contact their local customs authorities.


Rating:  
Exciting sound, comfortable neck
Thursday, 7 January 2021  | 

This guitar has a smaller body then average guitars so it has less bass tone, but who cares, it's not a bass guitar. It has an exciting tone. All the acoustic and the electric sound is well used.

The Fishman Under-Saddle Pickup and the Soundhole Mounted Electret-Condenser Cardioid Microphone works brilliant. Tuner well enough.

The number one reason I choosed this acoustic guitar that I hope, the neck is same as the BMG Special, and yes... it's easily playable at the last fret too.

I love it!

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Absolutely Stunning
Monday, 21 December 2020  | 

An absolutely stunning guitar, flawless electrics, and beautiful tone. Whats hard to tell from the pictures is the size of this guitar. It has such a thin body compared to my other acoustics. This will be a joy to play in shows all over Florida next year!

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Rating:  
Really great guitar
Wednesday, 16 December 2020  | 

It's a very nice guitar and a good compromise between an electric guitar and an acoustic. I also have a Gibson, but I don't touch it much anymore as I am playing the BMG instead. It has a nice balance and very good warm sound. Even the strings have the good density and tension. Very happy with this purchase ... my neighbours probably less !

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful.


Rating:  
Outstanding guitar
Tuesday, 17 November 2020  | 

This was a birthday present to myself. I couldn't be happier. It looks and sounds incredible. 2020 just got a little brighter.

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Rating:  
Excellent service
Tuesday, 3 November 2020  | 

Unfortunately my guitar took longer than the expected 48 hours to be delivered, in fact it took just over a week. Be that as it may I cannot fault the customer service.. (I was) supplied with updates via the phone and when I was told the actual date to expect delivery it was spot on.

So I'm not pleased, just have to learn to play it now.

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Response:

The BMG Rhapsody is always worth waiting a little longer for, as every instrument receives a thorough, professional set-up in the House Music workshop.


Rating:  
Loving it
Monday, 24 August 2020  | 

Even better than I expected - Sounds great through the amp, but I was really surprised by how well it sounded and projected on its own, especially given the small body. Fit and finish very good, neck feels great - What's not to like?

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Rating:  
Great Guitar
Wednesday, 19 August 2020  | 

Plays great and sounds great.

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Awesome sound
Wednesday, 29 July 2020  | 

It's a beautiful guitar with a rich sound, despite the small body. I'm glad I bought it. It handles quite well and is a real lightweight. It is quite head heavy though, you feel that when playing it with a strap. BTW, it doesn't have both strap attachment points, if you want to put a strap on it you have to attach those yourself. I can't say anything about the electrics, I didn't use it with an amp so far.

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Rating:  
Its pretty!
Wednesday, 15 July 2020  | 

This is a very light guitar. To me it sounds best with a little amplification. It has a built-in tuner and its a little smaller than I was expecting but that makes it comfortable to play... I also very much like the design of it, its pretty to see!

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Rating:  
Sounds like it looks - excellent
Wednesday, 13 May 2020  | 

I've paired it with a Yamaha THR5A for home use and I am completely blown away! Plays nice and easy and sounds great. 10/10 - would buy again.

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Rating:  
Superb guitar - so little and yet so big
Wednesday, 13 May 2020  | 

What a fantastic guitar... a body so small and yet such a great sound without being connected.
When I connected the guitar the balance between the 2 mics is fantastic, and you can change that... WOW.

Great sound, great playability even with 012 strings, and so so light... 5 stars!!!

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Rating:  
Well worth the wait
Monday, 20 April 2020  | 

I just wanted to thank you very much for sending the Rhapsody acoustic. It arrived safely today and looks & sounds great. I have been keenly waiting for it to become available again - it was well worth the wait.

Thank you again and I wish you all the very best during these uncertain times.

Best Regards
Mark Rogers

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Rating:  
Awesome Guitar - Exactly what we need
Monday, 10 September 2018  | 

This guitar is simply wonderful. I've always wanted a Rhapsody, but I'm not a huge fan of the B-Band electronics which the old models had - as soon as I saw they had changed to Fishman, I bought one immediately.

I'm in an acoustic band, but we play loud and fast. For that reason, the electronics in the guitar and the small size and weight of it is a perfect fit. The body is very small, so although the tone is lovely, purely acoustic it's not got massive sound, though plugged in with that Fishman pickup, the sound is really full. For us, it's perfect, as it's really as close as you can get to having an Electric that's still an acoustic, in terms of size, feel and look.

No guitar is perfect and I've had a couple of minor issues - I had to put a large washer on the inside of the jack socket as it kept coming loose (I supposed it's not really designed for the jump-around energetic gigs we do), and a new set of strings can take a bit of time to settle, but apart from that it's not let me down. The only addition I've made is to add a strap nut on the base of the neck as I prefer to attach a strap there rather than at the top.

It has a wide but short fretboard (even though there's 24 frets), which I love, but bear that in mind if you're used to thinner boards. For me, it fits perfectly, and when I slip it over my shoulder before a gig I get that feeling that only guitarists will understand - when a guitar just feels like an extension of you, rather than just an instrument.

All in all, bang for buck, best guitar I've ever owned.

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Rating:  
Thank you
Tuesday, 5 December 2017  | 

I really like this guitar, as I really like it and I respect Brian May. I had also bought the BMG Special and now I can be proud of owning two great guitars. Thank you.

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