This is a genuine Watkins Rapier 33 electric guitar featuring the hi-lo tremolo. It was purchased in 1964 (probably from Crane`s Music, but not certain) by my oldest friend and has been owned by him since new. It was his first electric guitar and was used in our first band together in the Sixties. His playing career was cut short by chronic illness after only 4 years but he kept the guitar until his death last year when it came to me. Since around 1970, it has been kept cased in a cupboard at his home, only rarely being played.
About the guitar itself : I`m not a guitarist myself so I don`t know a great deal about it except that it has a feature called "hi-lo tremolo"...3 pickups and a whammy bar. It is in original condition and has not been modified. Cosmetically it has a few bumps and scrapes : some minor belt buckle damage to the rear of the body and a scrape to one of the horns(painted over) and similar to the bottom edge of the body (see photo).....nothing that couldn`t be restored fairly easily.
Soundwise : my grandson ( a real guitar player, unlike me) has played it through a Blackstar valve amp and says it has a great blues tone with a thicker and punchier tone than his Fender......he reckons that the intonation and action is still good.
It also comes in it`s original case (looks like a hardcase but I think it`s some sort of fibreboard) + a rather ancient lead and strap
I`m selling it because: I`m a drummer and I`m sure my old friend would approve of the drum stuff I`m going to buy with the proceeds.
This is an original example of a now quite rare electric guitar made in England at the height of the British beat boom.......
Note : I`ve only posted 3 pics (that`s all the add will let me) but I`ve got more, particularly close ups of the damaged areas which I can email to interested parties....I will seriously consider all offers....Thanks for taking the time to look...