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 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.

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
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 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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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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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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It’s 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 it’s a little smaller than I was expecting but that makes it comfortable to play... I also very much like the design of it, it’s pretty to see!

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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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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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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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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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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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Sounds great
Thursday, 17 August 2017  | 

Finally the little Rhapsody arrived home after long time waiting. It was a gift for my daughter, and she is very happy. It sounds great, it's beautiful and comfortable. Thank you!

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Very good customer service
Thursday, 11 May 2017  | 

Hi Barry

Last Friday I got the replacement Rhapsody. Wow!

What a surprise when I saw Brian's personalised message!

Thank you very much for all your efforts -nas you must have asked Brian to sign the guitar with some kind of special note 😊- and the very good customer service!

Best regards


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3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

Absolutely fantastic!!!
Tuesday, 21 March 2017  | 

The BMG Rhapsody is fantastic. There are no words to describe the sensations I feel when I'm playing it.

Thanks from my heart.

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Rhapsody Signature Edition... A masterpiece
Friday, 20 January 2017  | 

Hi Barry... guitar well received today... all is ok... really a "masterpiece".

Many thanks

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I Love The Rhapsody
Friday, 2 October 2015  | 

I have owned a BMG Rhapsody since they first came out. I have played many others in that time but keep coming back to the Rhapsody... with its chunky neck and 24 accessible frets it is just a joy to play and so versatile.

With its small (but perfectly formed) body you really need to plug it in to get the best from it. The B-Band pickup and pre-amp it give a great full sound for a small guitar, but practicing alone it is fine unplugged.

All my friends who have played it have loved it too.

Looks good, feels good and sounds great... what more can you ask?

Also a perfect match for my BM Super.

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26 of 27 people found this review helpful.