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Reverend Kingbolt RA with Railhammer Pickups

markmann

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I've been curiously interested in Reverend guitars ever since I saw guys playing them live. The unique design caught my eye and I was impressed by the tone and it didn't hurt that the players were all top notch. There's a store in Eastpoint MI not far from me that carries Reverend so I went and played a Jetstream HB. Nice guitar but didn't like he feel. Went back and played a Double agent, Gil Paris and Reeves Gabrels through a Twin. After playing for over an hour I really started to dig the feel and the tone of all three guitars. I decided to target a Rev with Railhammers. About a month later I found a killer deal on a new Kingbolt RA in 3-color sunburst with Hyper Vintage Railhammers. Man, what a sweet axe. I love everything about it and can honestly say it's been the most satifying guitar buy ever. QC is excellent and I don't plan to upgrade anything at this point. I wanted an Am made guitar but dang, those Koreans are building some really nice guitars.
 

Multicellular

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I have several Reverends. I love em. My Sensei has 2x Railhammers and I put a Railhammer in my Double Agent too.
 

c_mac

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I'm a huge Reverend fan and have loved the Railhammer offerings I've tried so far. Interestingly enough, even though I play far more country and low-medium gain rock, I like the Chisel and Anvil more than the Hyper Vintage. I currently have a Bayonet with an Anvil/Chisel set and it just sounds incredible. My old Sensei had the Chisel set and they were awesome too! I had a HV in a Rick Vito and it was just ok, I was surprised that I didn't like it better. Most of the other guys in my band don't comment much on the guitars I play and they all chimed in after I started using the Bayonet. I also have a satin blue Kingbolt but I swapped the Railhammers for EMG 89Xs.
 
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doublescale1

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I put a set of Hyper Vintage pickups in my '06 McCarty - wired them with "push/push" pots at Vol & Tone for selectable Series/Parallel - lots of cool tones to be had with those pickups. In Parallel they kind of sneak up on Tele tone and have a pretty percussive quality.
 

markmann

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Interesting that you mentioned tele tone because one day I was playing the Rev though my champ and when I adjusted the bass roll off and tone I stumbled across a pretty convincing tele tone.
 

markmann

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I almost bought a used bayonet but I let it slip through my hands. I don't regret buying the kingbolt but now now I need to try the anvil/chisel set.

Damn gas.
 

Sheherezadeh

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I have a Reeves Gabrels Spacehawk with the Chisel and Hyper-Vintage. It's one of my favorites, and might be my band's favorite.
 

markmann

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I assumed that the chisel and/or anvil would be more suited towards heavier tones so it's interesting that c_mac uses his for low-gain and country stuff. Before I bought my Kingbolt I heard others saying that they used theres for metal and drop-D tuning so I was pleasantly surprised at the beautiful clean tone the hyper vintage produce. I still need to experiment more with amp settings and pedals to get my preferred dirt tone but the clean tones happen naturally for both neck and bridge.
 






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