Swiss guitar maker Relish is billing its new Trinity system as “The First Pickup Swapping-Ready Solid Body Guitar” – a bold claim indeed. Intrigued? You can get in on the early bird order today if you have the cash in hand (it’s not as much as you might think).
Hot swap your pickups
The Relish Trinity is a single-cut dual-humbucker guitar developed in partnership with PT Cort in Surabaya, Indonesia. By partnering with Cort the company is aiming to make Relish’s signature pickup swapping system far more affordable than their previous futuristic Mary One models, which came in at €3799.
Plug and Play
The guitar has an aperture in the back to let you pull the pickups out with your fingers and swap them for a different set. No special tools needed. Now that is an alluring prospect! But Relish has obviously thought this thing through; in the demo video you can see how simple they’ve made it to adjust the heights of the pickups. Just twiddle a dial to raise/lower the pickup to the desired height.
This new model has a basswood body in one of three metallic finishes: red, blue or black. You also get a 25.5″ scale length Modern C-shaped Canadian maple neck that has a smooth satin finish and is loaded with 24 medium-jumbo stainless steel frets. These are loaded into a fairly modern 10″ Laurel fretboard, so the guitars should play pretty smoothly without any choking on bends and vibrato.
Cort make high quality guitars on a budget, so I would expect the build quality to be good enough.
This guitar ships with two Relish Buckers, however single-coil and P90 models can be also be fitted using the company’s unique pickup swapping system. The pickups are wired to a standard set of controls: volume, tone and a three-way selector switch.
Currently, these are the pickup sets available:
- Relish P90 Duo
- Relish Vintage P.A.F. Duo
- Relish S-Style Single Coil Duo
- Relish Hot Ceramic Humbucker Duo
The system certainly looks interesting, but it could all come crashing down if the extra pickups are too expensive or hard to get hold of. But you can get your pickups modified by Relish to slot into the Trinity. Pop them in the post and Relish will adapt them to let you fit them into the swappable Trinity system. That’s a great idea.
I’m really not a fan of the body shape or headstock on the Trinity, so it would be hard to get me to part with my money for one of these. But many of you might be more positively impressed by the aesthetics.
If the idea of swapping pickups at will appeals to you, check out the video below or follow my link to read up on the full specifications of Relish’s new Trinity guitar. You may want to get in early as they are offering a pretty enticing deal: Get your pre-order in before 19 January 2020 to get exclusive access to the Early Bird P90 Bundle Special, made up of a Trinity guitar in your preferred colour plus one swapping-ready Relish P90 duo.
RRP – USD 1699 inc Relish Gig Bag