BMG Rhapsody • B-Stock

List Price £545.00
UK Price  £445.00 Inc. 20% VAT
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BMG Rhapsody — B-Stock

A brand new Rhapsody electro-acoustic with faulty tuner display, otherwise in A1 condition with onboard electrics working perfectly, checked and set up in the BMG/House Music workshop.

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

The Fishman Flex Blend system combines a Sonicore under-saddle pickup for true acoustic reproduction with 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.

"I Love MINE. I wrote my entire album on this guitar! It comes everywhere with me. Perfect festival / camping Guitar. It’s light, little, and really beautiful to play." — SINGER/SONGWRITER TALIA DEAN

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.

  • Sapele back & sides with ivory pinstripe binding
  • Solid spruce top with natural gloss finish and BM style Rhapsody decal
  • Luan neck, with dual action truss rod
  • 24 fret, 24" edge bound Techwood fingerboard with zero fret
  • Techwood bridge with PPC saddle and ebony bridge pins
  • Fishman Sonicore under-saddle pickup
  • Soundhole mounted electret-condenser cardioid microphone
  • Fishman Flex Blend on-board preamp
  • Volume control
  • Chromatic LED tuner with automatic mute
  • One-knob rotary tone control with phase switch
  • Blend control for microphone/pickup
  • 1/4" combination 9 volt battery box
  • Includes premium padded soft case with embroidered Brian May Guitars logo

Brian May and Kerry Ellis on the duo's intimate "One Voice" 2016 European theatre tour
"Crazy Little Thing Called Love" - The Rhapsody hits the big screen at Rock In Rio, Lisbon, 2016
With the Rhapsody in 2022 in a promo video for the deluxe re-release of "Another World"

Body Sapele back and sides
Top Solid spruce
FINISH Natural gloss polyurethane
BINDING Ivory ABS pinstripe binding
Neck Luan
Fingerboard Techwood with white pearloid dot inlays
Frets 24 x medium frets + zero fret
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
Bridge Techwood with PPS saddle and ebony bridge pins
Tuners 3-a-side M-1060CR chrome enclosed gear machineheads with ebony tuning buttons
Total Length 1016mm (40")
Body Width (Upper Bout) 24cm (9.5")
Body Width (Lower Bout) 35cm (13.8")
Body Depth (Upper Bout) 75mm (2.95")
Body Depth (Lower Bout) 85mm (3.35")
Scale Length 614mm (24.17")
Fingerboard Radius 500mm (20")
NECK Width at Nut 45mm (1.77")
NECK Width at 12th Fret 57mm (2.24")
NEck Width at 20th Fret 60mm (2.36")
Strings D'Addario EXP16 Phosphor Bronze Regular Light – Plain Steel .012 - .016 - .024 / Wound .032 - .042 - .053
Included EXTRAS Premium quality BMG padded soft case with embroidered BMG logo
Country of Origin People's Republic of China
Fishman Flex Blend

Style, elegance and intuitive design are the hallmarks of Fishman’s Flex Series acoustic systems. 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.

Quick Start

1. Set The Controls — Set volume off and tone controls to centre.

2. Plug In — Connect Flex to an amplifier or PA with a 1⁄4-inch instrument cable.

3. Tune Up — Press and hold the Volume knob to activate the onboard tuner. Once activated, the tuner mutes the output. Press volume knob again to exit.

4. Turn Up — Raise the volume and adjust the tone controls to your liking.

FLEX Blend Controls

Volume: For the cleanest signal, set the volume knob as high as possible, without causing distortion or feedback.

Tone: This innovative one-knob tone control allows you to choose between a natural, undersaddle sound with no EQ (flat) on up to a “Scooped” tone with emphasized treble and bass and reduced midrange.

  • To make individual notes sound thicker and punchier, turn the Tone control to flat (full counter clockwise).
  • Set the Tone control to the middle position for fingerpicking, or when you need just a bit of midrange cut.
  • Turn the Tone control all the way to the right (full clockwise) to add more depth and clarity to your sound, especially for hard strumming.

Phase: Push the Tone knob to reverse phase. Use this phase switch to improve bass response at low volume and suppress feedback at high volume.

Blend: The Flex Blend system incorporates a soundhole mounted high quality electret-condenser cardioid microphone. Turn the blend knob clockwise to add the desired level of microphone signal to the pickup.

Tuner: Press and hold the Volume knob to activate the onboard chromatic tuner, which accommodates all standard and alternate tunings. It is calibrated to A = 440 Hz and can be activated without an instrument cable connected. Once activated, the tuner mutes the output. Press volume knob again to exit. To conserve battery life, the tuner will turn itself off after three minutes of inactivity.

Battery Life

When it is time to change the battery, a low battery LED located on the preamp inside the guitar will light. To conserve power, unplug the instrument and turn off the tuner when not in use. Typical 9 volt alkaline battery life is approximately 100 hours.