In pictures: Rob O'Reilly BE Guitar

1st Oct 2013 | 11:15

In pictures: Rob O'Reilly BE Guitar
Rob O'Reilly BE Guitar

We’re willing to bet you’ve never seen a guitar that looks quite like this before – this is the BE Guitar from Rob O’Reilly, an axe-savvy entrepreneur who received financial backing from Dragon’s Den Irelandand a Kickstarter campaign. Mr O’Reilly based the design on one of his favourite pairs of sunglasses, or so the legend goes.

One of these innovative instruments has just landed in the TG post room, so we thought we’d give you a sneak peek at what makes this guitar such a unique proposition.

For the full review of the Rob O’Reilly BE Guitar, check out Total Guitar issue 247, on sale 28 October.

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In pictures: Rob O'Reilly BE Guitar
Rob O'Reilly BE Guitar

A pair of Wilkinson single coils provides the BE’s tones, but one of the guitar’s big selling points is its transparent acrylic centre – you’ll see why in a minute…

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In pictures: Rob O'Reilly BE Guitar
Rob O'Reilly BE Guitar

That’s right: you can put your own picture in the BE Guitar’s body! Inserting it is as simple as removing the magnetised backplate and inserting your image of choice

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In pictures: Rob O'Reilly BE Guitar
Rob O'Reilly BE Guitar

Here’s the back of the BE Guitar, where you’ll find the balance bar, which is designed to keep the guitar’s weight consistent and make for a comfortable playing experience when seated

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In pictures: Rob O'Reilly BE Guitar
Rob O'Reilly BE Guitar

The side of the BE features an inbuilt pick holder, plus volume control and pickup selector

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In pictures: Rob O'Reilly BE Guitar
Rob O'Reilly BE Guitar

Finally, on the back of that paddle-like headstock is a set of Rob O’Reilly’s locking tuners for enhanced tuning stability

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