“Effortlessly stylish”: Rapier’s latest madcap model blends elements of Les Paul and Strat builds into a single-cut, set-neck hybrid beast

The Rapier Deluxe channels both Strat and Les Paul inspiration into one guitar
(Image credit: Rapier)

Esteemed UK guitar builder Alan Entwistle is continuing his busy start to 2024. After working on a huge range of Vintage guitars, he's released a new generation of Rapier guitars – and our eye is immediately drawn to the Deluxe model, which looks remarkably like the lovechild of a Gibson Les Paul and a Fender Stratocaster.  

Rapier Guitars first came about in the '60s, offering an affordable alternative to American Stratocasters. Originally produced by Watkins Electric Music (WEM), the same UK firm responsible for the CopiCat echo, they were ultimately discontinued in the late '70s, before Entwistle reprised the guitar with the newly-formed Rapier brand in late 2021.   

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Phil Weller

A freelance writer with a penchant for music that gets weird, Phil is a regular contributor to Prog, Guitar World, and Total Guitar magazines and is especially keen on shining a light on unknown artists. Outside of the journalism realm, you can find him writing angular riffs in progressive metal band, Prognosis, in which he slings an 8-string Strandberg Boden Original, churning that low string through a variety of tunings. He's also a published author and is currently penning his debut novel which chucks fantasy, mythology and humanity into a great big melting pot.