dannyalcatraz
Black Cherry Jello
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#1
This arrived today:

Reverend Flatroc 15th Anniv. (gold metal flake, #5 of 12)


Korina body, 25.5" scale. 2 RevTron mini-Humbuckers (based on FillerTrons) and a Bigsby.

The body is slabby- the only curves are in its outline, really- but the korina is relatively light. Sustain is very good, and even unplugged, the guitar sings. The neck feels very nice in my hands, and that cutaway lets me go allllllll the way up.

This guitar was designed with rockabilly in mind, and they nailed it: the RevTrons deliver a nice retro hum, hot but twangy. The Bigsby does what it is supposed to do. the tuners hold on to the strings with a deathgrip, so it stays in tune no matter what I do. And then there is that sparkling gold metal flake finish...

But I wanted the deep blue metallic flake, not the gold... That color had amazing depth to it.

When the 15th Anniversary Flatroc limited edition guitars came out, I had ZERO interest in them. Then I got to play one in store in early January- blue metal flake #9 of 12. But I decided to think about it...and it sold a day before I could get back to the store. I went shopping online, only to find out they were disappearing quickly, both the original ones and the metal flake ones that were the last ones in the line. I eventually found blue metal flake #5 of 12 at Tulsa Band Instruments and jumped on it.

Except it sold in store before anyone noticed my online order had been processed. It was gone, as was red metal flake #4 of 12 and a flamed turquoise from earlier in the run.

The gold was all they had left. I was disappointed, but took it. In a display of understanding customer service, they threw in the Reverend HSC...which is being shipped directly from Reverend.

I was afraid I wouldn't like the color, but, like the lyrics of King Crimson's "Indicipline":

I do think it's good.
The fact is...
No matter how closely I study it
No matter how I take it apart
No matter how I break it down
It remains consistant.

I wish you were here to see it.

I LIKE IT!


Honestly, my pictures cannot do it justice.

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Mephaphil
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#2
Shit man, that's like... Beautiful!

What's the back like? Is there a contour or is it flat?
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dannyalcatraz
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#3
It has only a slight contour on the upper back:



At its thickest, the body is just under 2" thick. At the skinniest point on that contour, its just over 1".
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eddiehimself
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#4
Nice guitar; very retro.
EH


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dannyalcatraz
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#5
BTW, I have not the slightest clue as to why those photos are upside down- they're right side up in my photobucket library. I'm working on correcting it.

And mysteriously, they have righted themselves...

Anywhooo, it has an unusual control: it has the volume & tone knob, and the 3-way pickup selector blade, but that knob on the top is a bass contour. It boosts or rolls back the low end. It made playing Link Way's "Rumble" live up to the name!

Although I plan on keeping this guitar in standard, I'm planning on getting a Reverend Reeves Gabrels II down the road, and it has that same bass contour. That will be a lot of fun if/when I tune it to Robert Fripp's New Sandard Tuning (CGDAEG).
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#6
They ain't upside down, silly x

Unless you meant them to be the other way round, which would be weird...
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#7
On 2 of my devices, the second & third pictures showed up rotated 180deg from their current normal orientation.
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#8
They be trippin', yo.
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#9
FWIW, the current standard Flatrocs lack the Bigsby, and don't come in the 15th Anniversary colors.

They used to have a slightly different pickguard and control layout- as did the early 15th Anniversary models- but all of the new Flatrocs have the pickguard & layout from the last bit of the 15th Anniversary run.

See it here:
http://www.tulsaband.com/reverend-15th-anniversary-flatroc-electric-guitar-turquoise-bixby

If I hadn't been able to get the one I did, I may have gotten a standard Flatroc- they impressed me that much.
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samuraigoomba
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#10
Nice, looks like you fulfilled your dream of nabbing a Reverend.

Even though I'm satisfied with the guitars I have now, one of these days...
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#13
Those are not enough pictures. Post More.

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#14




Full length and a shot of it in my practice area. Alas, my practice area is being reorganized a bit right now, so it is in terrible disarray...

Otherwise, there would be drool on your keyboard right about now...
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dannyalcatraz
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Now, for something completely different- no, not a naked man playing a piano- a couple of low-light shots:






I took these in a darkened room, lit only by light filtering in from a single window that has its venetian blinds closed. As you can see, that ridiculous, deep metal flake finish STILL picks up light; VERY lively.

I hope one of these Revs went to someone who actually intends to gig with it, because that would have to kill on a dimly lit stage...

I also intend to write to Reverend to tell them that their metal flake finishes need to be a premium option or something, because they sure as sin did them right! Its one of the few purely cosmetic things I've seen come around that I would definitely pay extra for.

(Edit: email sent!)
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#16
Unsurprisingly, I approve.
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#17
Love it! Along with silverburst, metal flake is one of my favourite finishes. HNGD
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#18
Holy gold flake Batman!


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dannyalcatraz
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#19
Chapter 2: the case for my new baby arrived today, straight from Reverend!

Only...it may not be the right case. It doesn't look like it fits. Then again, this is my first Bigsby guitar, so I don't know how well they're supposed to fit in a hardshell.









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#21
do you have to take the spring out of the bigsby to close the case?


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#22
You shouldn't have to remove the spring. that would ruin the tuning etc... i have a guitar with the bigsby and it goes into my case fine. that case looks a bit to thin. :/
dannyalcatraz
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#23
Just heard from them today- they said it IS the proper case, and the pressure on the Bigsby helps keep the guitar from sliding around. I guess the post will deform the cushion a bit over time...

They DO make several models with Bigsbys, all using this case, and I haven't seen any complaints. Hell- the case was a freebie, so I can always get another if I worry about it too much.
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#24
very nice Those reverends look really cool but they're pretty hard to find to try over here
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dannyalcatraz
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#25
I had to look around a bit myself. When I finally tracked down this one, I had to go out of state to get it.

Tell you what, though: the next one I get- and YES, I will be getting another Reverend- I will be ordering it through my local guitar store. That's what I did getting my first 2 electrics- my Deans- and not only did they inspect it and set it up before I got it, it actually turned into a sales opportunity for them. Before my order, they sold Dean basses, but not guitars. Now, they sell more Deans than anyone else in the region.

I think Reverend could be big for them, too.
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#27
Those low light shots really bring out the shine. HNGD!
dannyalcatraz
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#28
Thanks, y'all! I'm still wondering how it is I didn't discover Reverends until maybe a couple years ago.
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4FunandProphet
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#29
I can't see that finish and not be reminded of the fishing boat my dad had when I was a kid; it was like looking into a thousand miniature headlights all set to brights. Talk about stage presence! HNGD dude! I would love to hear what she sounds like.

On a side note, I remember seeing and hearing about a few Reverends about ten years ago or so, but nothing really since then. None of my local shops deal in them, and I'm not big on buying guitars that I can't play first, so...
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Bhaok
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#30
HNGD!! Oh yes,the dinner called and they want their counter top back.
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dannyalcatraz
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#31
Quote by 4FunandProphet
I can't see that finish and not be reminded of the fishing boat my dad had when I was a kid; it was like looking into a thousand miniature headlights all set to brights. Talk about stage presence! HNGD dude! I would love to hear what she sounds like.

On a side note, I remember seeing and hearing about a few Reverends about ten years ago or so, but nothing really since then. None of my local shops deal in them, and I'm not big on buying guitars that I can't play first, so...

I wasn't around too many boats as a kid, but I recall many like you describe. I remember metal flake mostly from the sports cars of the 70's.

As for try before you buy, I understand that. But most of my axes were bought sight unseen, albeit through reputable channels with excellent return policies.

That said, Revs were never high on my GAS list until very recently. I'd heard them on YouTube, etc., but it wasn't until they came up with a few models I really wanted to try- the Reeves Gabrels sigs, the Double Agent- that I started tracking them down, and found a local retailer who sold them.

The Flatroc I bought was NOT the best one I played- again, see the Reeves Gabrels- but it was the rarest. And those RevTrons filled a tonal space in my collection i was seriously trying to fill. Besides, lets face it...


...that metal flake is reDONKculous!
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dannyalcatraz
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HNGD!! Oh yes,the dinner called and they want their counter top back.


Hmmm...if only they made one in aquamarine metal-flake!
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