Manufacturer's ID: ML3-BEA-SMO
What we say:
Rabea Massaad, Rob Chapman’s six string partner in crime, is honoured with not one but two signature guitars! The other is a Baritone model but this one is a standard 25.5” six string based on the ML3 but with some interesting details.
Using a similar T-style body and reversed headstock to the ML3 Modern, the ML3 Bea opts for a flat top rather than the carved , arched top of the Modern. This body is made from Alder and has a Flamed Maple top. The customary Satin finish is Smoke here, showing off the Maple’s Flames in a moody fashion.
Rabea has opted for a distinctive Padauk neck with a back-angled headstock and a satin stain finish that looks beautiful and feels smooth. This guitar is ready for action! The Ebony fingerboard has 22 jumbo stainless steel frets for a lifetime’s playing.
The hardware is impressive too: a Wilkinson tremolo provides stable whammy-ing whilst two new Chapman pickups - a Henchman and a Henchman Mini - provide some high-octane ceramic sounds that are perfect for Metal, Djent and other heavy genres. A 5 way switch gives you some coil splitting options as well so you can enjoy some sweet single coil tones as well as bone-crunching sledgehammer heavy tones.
This guitar is not necessarily of interest to Rabea Massaad fans only: it is an excellent choice for any modern player who needs some hot, heavy tones in a guitar that is well put together and feels fantastic.
|HEADSTOCK||Angled Heritage Headstock|
|TUNERS||Hipshot Grip-Lock Open (18:1 Gearing)|
|STRING NUT||43mm Graph Tech Black TUSQ XL Nut|
|NECK||Padauk with Satin Finish|
|NECK JOINT||Recessed Bolt-On Neck with Volute|
|TRUSS ROD||Dual Action|
|FRETBOARD||Indian Ebony Fretboard with Rolled Edges|
|FRETS||22 Jumbo Stainless Steel Frets|
|FRET MARKERS||Glow-In-The-Dark Side Dots|
|12TH FRET INLAY||Pearl Infinity|
|SCALE LENGTH||648mm (25.5")|
|BODY TOP||Flame Maple Solid Flat Top with Satin Finish|
|BODY BACK||Alder with Satin Finish|
|BODY CARVES||Arm Carve, Front Lower Spoon Cut, Rear Tummy Cut, Rear Lower Spoon Cut, Rear Heel Contour|
|BRIDGE||Wilkinson 2-Point Tremolo, Brass Block|
|NECK PICKUP||Chapman Henchman Mini-Rail Humbucker
OUTPUT: 8.5k ohms
|BRIDGE PICKUP||Chapman Henchman Humbucker
OUTPUT: 15k ohms
|PICKUP SWITCH||5 Way Super Switch with Coil Split|
|CONTROLS||Master Volume (500k) , Master Tone (500k)|
|STRAP BUTTONS||Chapman Strap Locks|
|STRINGS||Ernie Ball Regular Slinky Nickel Wound, 10-46|
|CASE||Chapman Pro Hard Case|
|PICKUP SWITCHING||Position 1:Bridge, Position 2:Bridge+Neck Only Split (Outer Coil), Position 3:Bridge+Neck, Position 4:Neck+Bridge Only Split (Outer Coil), Position 5:Neck|
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