NAMM 2023: Rapier introduces the 44 – a four-pickup ‘what if?’ experiment in vintage British guitar design

Rapier 44 electric guitar
(Image credit: Rapier)

NAMM 2023: British brand Rapier has unveiled a new four-pickup electric guitar design, dubbed the Rapier 44.

The original Rapier was produced by UK firm Watkins Electric Music (aka WEM, producers of the iconic CopiCat echo) in the 1960s before being discontinued. The design was then reprised by UK designer Alan Entwistle under the newly-formed Rapier brand in late 2021, as the Rapier 33.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor,

Matt is Features Editor for Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.