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I always laugh ha ha when I read threads on various guitar and gear forums asking "is this a good guitar for me" and whatnot, but since those of you who frequent this section of Muffs usually seem to have good advice, I'm asking anyway.
I'm interested in a semi-hollow humbucker guitar, and along with the Epi Casinos and Sheratons at Guitar Center, I'm looking at Reverends. The Club King, the Manta Ray, and the new Tricky Gomez in particular.

The problem is that I can't actually look at any Reverends because no one in Philadelphia or anywhere around here carries any. The closest dealer is an hour away and even they don't keep Revs in stock. I may call a couple of the NYC shops and see if they have any in stock and just make a day of it, but it's kind of a pain in the ass no matter.

So the possible solution is to just fucking order the thing, the one I decide on, and take a chance. I've got friends who play Revs and love the things, and my experience with a Manta Ray was that yeah it feels pretty good. Of course I can't listen to those humbuckers vs the Revtrons, nor hold the Club King against the Manta/Tricky and decide.

http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/tricky-gomez/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/manta-ray-hb/
http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/club-king-rt/

I'm going (cough cough) to Guitar Center this weekend to check out those Epiphones, and I'd sure love to be able to try out a Reverend. So I thought I'd ask here if anyone has any experience, thoughts, emotions, about the Reverend semi-hollows and might share them...
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Cant help you out with any personal experience...just that I've only heard and read consistant praise for them-

They offered a 3 P90 Manta Ray about 2 years ago that was so freaking sweet looking I'm pissed I couldn't buy one at the time.

What are you looking for in sound?

It appears like the revtron hole is different than the humbucker hole on those bodies...you might have better luck going for the humbucker body one for the benefit of having more pickup swap choices if you decide to purchase blindly and dont end up liking the humbuckers?

Gretsch electromatics sound and play very nice for the money too...they're kind of in the same ball park as the epis-
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I can't play the Gretsch necks, they don't fit my hands. I love the Epi feel and sound. Have never tried a reverend. Just too many choices, aint there?
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The reverends that I've always been interested are the ones that were made in the US when they first started out as a company. Semi-Hollow, top and bottom made of phenolic resin, injection molded sides, wood block and steel tone bar holding the pickups. Totally unique as far as construction. Now they just look like another decent quality guitar that doesn't stand out in a huge way.

Those original ones all got phenominal reviews, might be worth checking out the used market?
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Yeah the USA ones are more unique. I've not seen them on eBay or CL ever. There's a shop near you CursedFrogurt, called Billy Wray's that is the only shop in the area that deals in Revs, and they told me they rarely carry them. But they can give me a good deal, I'm told. Alas it's a crap-shoot either way.
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MrBiggs wrote: I'm interested in a semi-hollow humbucker guitar, and along with the Epi Casinos and Sheratons at Guitar Center, I'm looking at Reverends. The Club King, the Manta Ray, and the new Tricky Gomez in particular.
I had a Club King HB but sold it to my roommate a couple of years after I got a Jetstream 390 (another Reverend, but different style guitar). Quality on both guitars is pretty good for Korean-made.

I also liked the Pete Anderson sig model that I tried, but it's fully hollow, and had P90/soapbar type pickups instead of 'buckers.

Tricky Gomez looks neat but, it doesn't appear to come with 'buckers.
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GovernorSilver wrote: Tricky Gomez looks neat but, it doesn't appear to come with 'buckers.
They're based on Filtertrons, which are indeed humbuckers.

The current desire is less any particular humbucker "sound" and more something different than my Jazzmaster. The combination of semi-hollow, shorter scale, and Revtron pickups will, I hope, lean thataway.

I'm also keeping an eye out for a used Reeves Gabrels -- either the v1 or v2. I'm not a huge fan of Gabrels, but I like the guitar. Though a Jetstream or Double Agent would pique my interest as well if one appeared on the used market...
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MrBiggs wrote:
GovernorSilver wrote: Tricky Gomez looks neat but, it doesn't appear to come with 'buckers.
They're based on Filtertrons, which are indeed humbuckers.

The current desire is less any particular humbucker "sound" and more something different than my Jazzmaster. The combination of semi-hollow, shorter scale, and Revtron pickups will, I hope, lean thataway.
Ah, ok, this clarifies quite a bit for me.

Interesting factoid I recently learned - Joe Naylor (Mr. Reverend himself) plays with a guitar tuned down to low A#. When I asked him, he said he was starting to use a Bayonet for this low tuning - it's not a baritone but it seems to work for him. It's a new model with reverse headstock and Railhamer pickups.

At the time I bought my Reverend guitars, Naylor and his crew were still personally inspecting and setting up the guitars coming out of Korea. Dunno if that is still the practice. Also, I notice they tweak the designs a bit over the years. My Jetstream had an 11" radius. The current ones have 12".
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I'd like to hear the Railhammers. The Reeves Gabrels II has 'em, and they seem like they'd be pretty slick.
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Extensive use of Railhammer pickups (in a Reverend Sensei) here:

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Well I'm closer. The only guitar shop for miles and miles that carries Reverend can give me a fairly decent deal on the Tricky Gomez semi-hollow. The problem is of course that it would be totally blind. Order it, cross fingers.

My friend that has the Manta Ray, which is the same body as the Tricky, loves it and I'll be going to play around with it later this week.

I've got the other side of me, however, that believes I should pick up some cheap-ass thing on the Craigslist, like the funny-looking Ibanez Artcore AXD82P that's up there now for $275, and make it into something fun and unique. Put some proper pickups (TV Jones, Revtrons, Railhammers?) in it and a Bigsby, for example. I know that it might be polishing a turd, but it's not any loss, really, for the money.

These are always decisions that are such a pain in the ass. Grass is greener and all that. Anyone have opinions?
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Resurrection.

Anyone enjoying a Rev guitar these days? Researching them and considering buying one as my first guitar.
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Yes. They are very good instruments.
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Damn read through the thread and now realize it’s pretty old. Haha I’ve been eyeballing a Reeves Gabrels model w sustainiac for a while. I probably will eventually buy it, it’s a beautiful guitar. Curious what the OP ended up doing.
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I've got a Double Agent W. It's lovely.
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Don’t like the headstocks but well appointed, and they perform well.
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Geordie Greep from black midi plays a Reverend.

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Love Reverend guitars. They look awesome and the sound is superb.
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