Rock N Roll Relics is a cool-looking range of boutique guitars built in the USA. Its latest models are the Jet Single Cut and Double Cut, and both guitars look like a lot of fun to play, coming in various relic finishes.
Rock N Roll Relics
The company was started by Billy Rowe and has been around since 2005. Rock N Roll Relics specialises in making vintage-inspired ‘Old School’ American vibe guitars; think classic ’50s and ’60s designs with a huge dollop of cool thrown into the mix.
The Jet models come in Single or Double Cut flavours, with a very Gibson-esque style and 24.75″ scale length. I was fortunate enough to play one of the Thunders models a while ago, and it’s a really good guitar. Based upon that experience, I’d hope playing these new Jet models should be just as good.
This time around, though, instead of just a single P90 in the bridge, you are getting a Lollar humbucker and either a P90 or Humbucker in the neck position. There’s a bit more versatility on offer here.
The Rock N Roll Relics series offers a wide array of colour choices. The finish work features a thin nitrocellulose lacquer skin that is available with aged or non-aged options throughout all their models. On the hardware side, the Jet models have Kluson tuners, locking wraparound bridge or Tone Pros AVT2.
One thing I like about these is that Rock N Roll chose some nice wood for the construction. The body is two-piece lightweight African mahogany, with a body thickness of 1-38”. This should feel very light. The neck is also African mahogany, and the fretboard is rosewood. The Thunders model I played was really lightweight and very resonant, which made it a joy to play.
I really like the whole look and vibe of these Jet models. They look like a lot of fun to play. Being boutique instruments, there are plenty of options, including the nitro finishes and boutique branded pickup configurations. Be prepared to drool over the many permutations on offer.
RRP – from USD 2199 inc G&G hard case
- Rock N Roll Relics Jet Model Black: Rock N Roll Relics/James Chiang
- Rock N Roll Relics Jet Model Black with twin Lollar humbuckers: Rock N Roll Relics/James Chiang
- Rock N Roll Relics aged Klusons: Rock N Roll Relics/James Chiang
- Rock N Roll Relics aged: Rock N Roll Relics/James Chiang
- Rock N Roll Relics headstock: Rock N Roll Relics/James Chiang
- Rock N Roll Relics Jet: Rock N Roll Relics/James Chiang