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Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by Jon Silberman, Aug 7, 2005.

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  1. martyncrew

    martyncrew Gold Supporting Member

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    ;) Um, it was a joke. English dry humor...clearly this thread is one of the most successful threads on the TGP
     
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    D'oh!

    Uh . . . maybe it was American obtuseness.

    ;)
     
  3. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    I knew if I lived long enough eventually I'd have to start something qualifying as "most successful." :eek:
     
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    Don't get carried away, I said one of the most successful! ;)
     
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    How come I don't see anyone posting pics and reviews of the new set-neck models?
     
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    martyncrew Gold Supporting Member

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    Plenty of such postings on the Reverend Discussion Page which can be accessed off the Reverend website.

    Most of us over here are old f*rts fixated on the old US models.
     
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    I've been using my new Daredevil and may be shelling out for more, but have to confess to falling into the above category.
     
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    I'll be 50 next year...is that old?
     
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    With no intent to denigrate the quality or tones of the new ones at all, they're traditional, wood, made-in-Korea imports. That's cool but I can't really get super-excited about that. The discontinued USAs, by contrast - those are unique and unparalleled instruments (perhaps Danelectors come close but only in the sense that an Escort comes close to a Lexus). I.e., although I don't deny my old fartedness, I don't think, in this case, that's the controlling factor. Had Reverend begun with the Korean imports and graduated to the phenolic USAs my views on the two types of Revs would be identical.
     
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    I have a Manta 290 and I love it. (I might have to sell it, though, I have a Baker Junior on the way). Very woody and round sound IMO, but like all rev P-90s it really snarls wide open and handles distortion well. Setup and playability is excellent, particularly to the 22 fret with the set neck and double cut.

    I freakin LOVE the les trem, much better than the bigsby. Perfect for the limited things I do with it, which is an occasional warble on a solo or bouncing my hand on it for effect on a chord. Unlike the Bigsby, you can lay your hand on the tailpiece to maintain open string tuning while bending other strings, although the detunine is minimal given of course that the spring is pretty substantial. Rev sets the trem up really well, drilling a hole to lock down the washer where the spring rests for stability, and adding padding on the rear of the unit to protect the finish.

    Fit and finish were excellent, the flame maple veneer is nice

    I also have a WHII 390 on the way.
     
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    Whippersnapper! Get of of my lawn.
     
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    RAILhead (real name is Maury, BTW) Gold Supporting Member

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    My Manta should be here around the 15th, but I have no clue about my WHII.
     
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    That part I agree with.

    My take on Reverend US vs Import (after owning both) is that the US Revs are of incredible quality and uniqueness. The unique aspect comes quite a bit from the construction itself, but also from the style. The new imports no longer have that body construction, although Joe is still bringing great design to the guitars and working hard to hold quality control. Because the imports are solid-body, the sound is ENTIRELY different. This can be good, bad, or just different.

    I've decided to get one (or more) imports because I do love the feel and sound of the Reverends in general. They just work for me. And Joe has always made guitars affordable.

    What I would love to see is some way for the US models (even if they are not made in US) to return. Those wild tops are just crazy and wonderful. The sound is great. People just say "what is THAT?" (in a good way) And, so far, people have not been doing the same for my Daredevil, but then again I didn't choose one of the more innovative designs such as the Warhawk.

    I can see though that as Joe stated, that the market may have had enough of that flavor for now. Hopefully someday he will bring them back, or do special editions.

    One of the things I don't like about the imports is the Wilkenson tuners. They work fine in practice, but changing strings is not easy. This is a minor beef, but I need to make sure I have a pair of wire cutters with me at all times if I am using one of the imports. I'm not sure what the alternatives are for locking tuners on a 3x3 headstock.

    I guess I'm feeling a bit more flush now after killing myself at work lately, but I'm likely to order one or possibly 2 imports before Joe pulls the plug on buying direct. If I don't like them, I'll sell. But like someone else mentioned, I'm getting more and more queasy about taking my US Reverends on family vacations, etc and would like to be able to grab something like the Buckshot. To add to my Reverend collection, I'm considering going for Buckshot + Warhawk 390.

    One last comment on US vs Import. It seems with the non-traditional body construction of the US Revs, the sky was the limit with color palette. This added to the unique flavor. Now with the imports, the colors have gone more traditional. Not a horrible thing, just more, well... traditional. I think Reverend is walking the line between "something different" and something that sells, although they don't need to be mutually exclusive. In fact, often "something different" is often the thing that makes it big. Anyway, just hoping Reverend keeps up the unique vibe.
     
  15. Jon Silberman

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    You speak for us all! :)
     
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    I'm a little disappointed there is no Winged Eel Fingerling signature model.

    discuss amongst yaselves
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    I ordered a Gil Parris model today. I'm jazzed.
     
  18. Glenn_K

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    Ok, here is the latest Daredevil clip. This is an ALL Reverend clip.

    Daredevil HB
    Goblin 5/15 amp set on 5 amp.
    Rumblefish PJ

    Daredevil is run through Xotic Effects AC Booster. Rumblefish is straight into pre-amp, then into board. Goblin on US. A little Reverb with the Goblin. No processing after recording.

    One thing to note. The Daredevil has Snake Oil Brand strings on it--the Vintage Nickels which are really too warm for it, but come out good on the recording anyway.

    http://7doorsedan.com/listen/White_Russion.mp3
     
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    Now that's what I'm talkin about...thanks Glenn! Great tones and nice playing. A little tougher, more raw (in a VERY good way) than the previous clip which was also nice. The hotter Billy Gibbons type tones were EXACTLY what I was hoping for from my DD...I can't wait!
    Greg
     
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