Considering a Reverend Pete Anderson PA1

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  1. thebard42

    thebard42 Supporting Member

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    I don’t have any experience with Gretsch, but my orange PA-1 RT does everything I want for a hollow body. I’ve used it for country, P&W, 90’s rock. I dig it, it has a cool, open sound. I bought it used for 40% retail, so that helps the decision. I like the satin, it has a cool vibe.
     
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    How is the tuning stability?
     
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    Pretty good with new strings, it gets iffy as they age.
     
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    Thanks for getting back to me ... just to be clear, are you saying that the actual tuning stability (the need to keep re-tuning after playing for some time) gets iffy with older strings, or that the intonation gets iffy (meaning the ability to get the guitar to sound "in tune" all over the neck gets iffy)
     
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    One more question I have regarding the PA-1 for any owners.

    Can anyone confirm that the pickups are height adjustable?

    In the images on the reverend website, you can clearly see that there is a single screw at each end of the P90 ... right in the middle of the dog-ear. My guess and hope is that that's there to allow height adjustment of the pickup. But, I have zero experience with hollow body guitars with pickups, and I can't try before buying. I also know that this guitar has a unique bracing mechanism that might play a part in pickup mounting.

    Wish Reverend could find a dealer in Sydney to work with! Would be happy as Larry if that was Big Music ... my current favourite music shop ... in case anyone from Reverend reads this :D
     
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    I just meant the strings. Stability is good for a month or so with regular D’addarios. Actually the openness and clarity of the guitar bring out a lot in the different types of strings and the age of strings more than any solid body guitar I have ever played.
     
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    There is no height adjustment on P90 equipped ones. Spacers underneath the PU's are used by some.
    The PA-1 has stayed in my fleet, pretty damn good guitar IMHO
     
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    I am very close to pulling the trigger on a satin black one on Reverb. I am stoked on the good reviews.
     
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    I was considering a PA-1, but tried one and felt the neck was too skinny. Nice guitar, just not for me.
     
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    I've been looking at that one for awhile.

    Reverends are the best deal out there right now. I really preferred to have American guitars until I bought a Reverend. That BCC knob is becoming part of my sound enough that I don't know if I'll able to go back. Also, Reverend guitars are built in Korea but go through a final setup here in the US before distribution
     
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    Korea has nothing to do with it. Not sure why that is such a hang up for people: how well it is built is what counts. I own four Reverends and everyone one of them is well made, well finished and plays top notch. Yep, I own US made guitars, too, and the Revs are right up there with them or, honestly, above and beyond.
     
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    It's impressive how consistently good Reverend is. They're one of the only companies whose hollow/semihollow guitars I'd have no problem buying used without playing first.

    I'm also in the "I don't bother upgrading it" camp with them, which is unheard of for me with any import guitars.

    I picked up a PA-1 in a used guitar store a few months ago and it killed every other archtop in the store. I wish I'd bought it. The neck is a bit thin but it seemed fairly similar to the neck profile that Music Man has on the Petrucci or Valentine guitars. It's exactly what's necessary to work well.

    And now I get to spend the rest of the day talking myself out of a Tricky Gomez. Jerks. :p
     

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