The "Heartbreaker Featherweight" - Rick Turner Guitars Limited Edition
November 14, 20222 min read
Heartbreaker Guitars and Rick Turner Guitars have collaborated on a very special project of Model 1 Featherweights. It has officially been dubbed, “The Heartbreaker Featherweights". This project was originally conceived in late 2021 by our own Brendan Smyth, along with Mr. Rick Turner himself. Initial designs and concepts had only entered their beginning stages when Mr. Turner tragically passedaway in April of 2022. After a lengthy period of discussion with the Turner team and family, it was eventually decided that moving forward with these Featherweights would be the right way to pay tribute to the life and influence of Mr. Turner, as well as his extensive commitment and generosity shown to our shop. These ten guitars were designed very deliberately, using select materials and a host of technical appointments that truly make these some of the most formidable instruments on the market.
For those familiar with the standard versions of the Model 1, these instruments will be generally familiar in terms of their playability and technical aspects. Each of the ten pieces comes equipped with Turner’s full electronics package. This includes the rotatable Turner Hot Humbucker paired with the LR Baggs Piezo Bridge, a Parametric EQ with sweep control and a 12dB boost / cut function, a coil split function and a blending knob to seamlessly switch between the magnetic and piezo pickups.
As for how theseHeartbreaker Featherweights differ from their standard counterparts, the Featherweight Model 1’s are notable for their decidedly more vibrant, responsive attack, mainly due to the employment of a Cedar core. While the Model 1’s standard Mahogany core generally provides a bit of a more robust, midrange oriented tone, the Featherweight’s Cedar core gives the instrument a more resonant, acoustic tone with plenty of accentuation in the top end. Additionally, the instrument weighs in at about 5.5lbs, a little over 2lbs lighter than the standard Model 1. Each of these ten Featherweights is capped, front and back, with either Ziricote or Maple, in either Satin or Gloss finish. All of these Featherweights come with a one-piece Mahogany neck, a Royal Blackwood fingerboard, and the Planet Waves Auto-Trim Locking Tuners. A select few of these instruments will also be given a special Sunburst finish. Needless tosay, each of the ten Heartbreaker Featherweights will have its own unique character and design and serve as a reflection of our gratitude and appreciation for the influence, innovation and benevolence of Mr. Turner throughout his life.
TheHeartbreaker Featherweights are a perfect encapsulation of all of Rick Turner’s cutting-edge ideas and building philosophies, and we are proud to finally present them to the world.
Thank you for everything, Rick. We truly miss you.
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