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Barcelona brothers bank on body-swapping guitar Revolution

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The Revolution guitar range is made up of two body cores and numerous snap-on body shapes
The Revolution guitar range is made up of two body cores and numerous snap-on body shapes
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Fancy an SG shape with Strat-like single coil pickups? The Pons Revolution has you covered
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Fancy an SG shape with Strat-like single coil pickups? The Pons Revolution has you covered
A black Pol core, with twin humbuckers, married to a black Les Paul outer body shape
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A black Pol core, with twin humbuckers, married to a black Les Paul outer body shape
The Revolution's Pol body core has a maple neck ending in a Les Paul-like headstock
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The Revolution's Pol body core has a maple neck ending in a Les Paul-like headstock
A blonde Tele outer shape with a Jan three pickup body core
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A blonde Tele outer shape with a Jan three pickup body core
The Strat-like headstock of the Revolution's Jan body core
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The Strat-like headstock of the Revolution's Jan body core
Barcelona brothers David & Óscar Pons with their Revolution guitars
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Barcelona brothers David & Óscar Pons with their Revolution guitars
A Les Paul body shape with a single coil pickup trio and tremolo bridge? That will be a Revolution guitar
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A Les Paul body shape with a single coil pickup trio and tremolo bridge? That will be a Revolution guitar
The Pol body core sports two humbucking pickups and a hardtail bridge
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The Pol body core sports two humbucking pickups and a hardtail bridge
The Revolution guitar system allows players to change style or tone by swapping out core and outer body modules
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The Revolution guitar system allows players to change style or tone by swapping out core and outer body modules
The Revolution core modules are made from maple
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The Revolution core modules are made from maple
The Revolution's Jan core module features three Pons single coil pickups, a maple neck ending in a Strat-like headstock and three volume/tone knobs
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The Revolution's Jan core module features three Pons single coil pickups, a maple neck ending in a Strat-like headstock and three volume/tone knobs
The Revolution guitar range is made up of two body cores and numerous snap-on body shapes
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The Revolution guitar range is made up of two body cores and numerous snap-on body shapes
The volume/tone knobs and instrument jack on the core modules pop through the outer body module of the Revolution guitar
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The volume/tone knobs and instrument jack on the core modules pop through the outer body module of the Revolution guitar
The core module of the Revolution guitar is fashioned from maple, with a 22-fret maple neck
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The core module of the Revolution guitar is fashioned from maple, with a 22-fret maple neck
The Revolution's Pol core body module features two Pons humbucking pickups, a Tune-o-matic bridge and a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
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The Revolution's Pol core body module features two Pons humbucking pickups, a Tune-o-matic bridge and a maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
A Fender-inspired body shape in sunburst, with a Jan body core
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A Fender-inspired body shape in sunburst, with a Jan body core
The Pons brothers no longer need to fight over guitar choices, the Revolution is designed to satisfy different style and tone needs
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The Pons brothers no longer need to fight over guitar choices, the Revolution is designed to satisfy different style and tone needs
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We've seen a number of attempts at making guitars that cater to the ever-changing moods of players recently, including the Somnium snap together six strings and the 20:14 range from Barcelona's Aclam Guitars. And we stay in Spain for another take on modular music making, this time in the company of brothers David & Óscar Pons. The Pons Revolution offers two body cores and a growing number of snap-on body shapes, to satisfy a player's need for a mid-performance style or tone change.

A Revolution guitarist can opt for a Jan body core sporting three proprietary single coil pickups and a Strat-inspired headstock, or a Pol core with twin Pons humbuckers and a Les Paul-inspired headstock. In either case, the travel guitar-like body is fashioned from maple, has three volume/tone knobs and a 3 or 5 position rotary pickup switch, and is attached to a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard.

The volume/tone knobs and instrument jack on the core modules pop through the outer body module of the Revolution guitar
The volume/tone knobs and instrument jack on the core modules pop through the outer body module of the Revolution guitar

The Jan core has dot inlays in the neck, a tremolo bridge and 22 medium frets, while the Pol core has trapezoid inlays, Tune-o-matic fixed bridge and jumbo frets.

The all wood outer body shapes come in a number of color and style options – from a glossy red SG shape to a sky blue Tele and a black Flying V to a white Strat. The core and shape are simply pushed together and snapped into place for an instant style change, going from Santana-like rock to Metallica metal in seconds or keeping the same shape but changing the core for a different sound.

The Pons Revolution guitars are on show at the Musikmesse in Frankfurt this week. The video below demonstrates the kind of experience on offer. Sadly, we've no word on pricing or availability as of writing.

Update April 12: We've just received pricing confirmation. The Revolution core modules are expected to sell for around €450 (US$480) each, with snap-on bodies costing €200 a pop. Though the company is looking into offering cheaper and more expensive snap-on module options in the future, to suit customer tastes.

Source: Pons Guitars

Pons Guitars Revolution Series The Multi one Guitar Concept

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