Based in San Francisco, Rock N Roll Relics builds classy boutique guitars with vintage style and bags of character. Founded by luthier Billy Rowe, the company has found a niche in aged and relic’d guitars. Its new model, the evocatively named Revenge, is the first offset set-neck design by Rock N Roll Relics. But its intriguing shape may divide opinion…
Let’s take a look at the specs of the new model. The Revenge has a mahogany neck with a 24.75” scale and a modern 10-14” compound radius rosewood fingerboard loaded with 22 medium jumbo frets. The guitar is available in various body woods: mahogany, Spanish cedar and korina. As a boutique, hand-built instrument, there will also be options and variations available, so specs will vary depending on your tastes. You can also choose to get your guitar with a suitably aged finish.
The Revenge uses an ABR-style bridge and tailpiece. Two humbuckers are controlled via two volume and two tone controls. The pickup switch is on the lower horn mounted onto the pickguard itself. Kluson tuners should keep everything nicely in tune and look suitably classic, supporting the vintage aesthetic.
This intriguing model has hints of Gibson’s Firebird and single-cut guitar designs, blended with a waist that is reminiscent of offset shapes. The headstock and single-cut elements also remind me of early Hamer guitars. Although we don’t yet have full details on this new model, it’s certainly piqued our interest.
But what about that shape? A quick straw poll among a few of us at Gearnews on the looks of the Revenge was divided. What’s your take on this new design? Beauty or chimera? Let us know in the comments below.
RRP – USD 2799