#1
My first NGD; be gentle!

WHAT I SET OUT TO BUY
I was on the lookout for an under-$1000 guitar that was 1. versatile sound-wise, 2. looked good, 3. looked unusual. I'm happy to report I've found it, courtesy of much kind and patient advice from dannyalcatraz, a regular contributor on these here fora and, it seems, a fan of Reverend himself.

WHAT IS THIS REVEREND TRICKY GOMEZ OF WHICH YOU WRITE?
Never heard of Reverends until 2 weeks ago. Now I own a very rare one. If you look at their site (http://www.reverendguitars.com/instrument/tricky-gomez/) you'll find that they are Korean-made, US inspected and distributed scarcely. And even more scarcely in Europe, where I live. I hope over time more and more stores will stock these guitars.

Nextly, I should draw your attentions to the odd story of how the Tricky got it's name (again, thanks to dannyalcatraz for supplying the link): http://www.guitarworld.com/tricky-gomez-enigma-legend-and-reluctant-star. And there was I thinking "Reverend Tricky Gomez" was might be a slippery Mexican priest.

I won't list the features, which you can find under the link above, except to point out that unusually, Reverends tend to be made from Korina wood (about which Gibson are at pains to both complain and boast about: http://www2.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/korinawoodmakesgreatguitar.aspx), that quite a few of their number have RevTron pickups (similar, I'm told to Gretsch's FlatTrons) and that the Tricky Gomez (TG) models come with Bigsbies (their Manta Ray cousins do not).

MY TRICKY GOMEZ:
The TG I bought is, I'm told, one of very few made very early on during the Tricky Gomez production run. Three colours are "routinely" available from Reverend: a kind of pale blue, sunburst and red burst. Mine was, apparently, a red burst that was never "burst"; it was left as plain red - as were three others... and that's it. My guitar is one of four. My source for all this info is here: http://forum.reverendguitars.com/forum_posts.asp?TID=12082. From the looks of it, I actually have bought the one in that photo (more photos below).

When I was agonizing over which guitar to buy, I narrowed it to the TG from a list that included varieties of Gretsches and a couple of Hagströms. My interest is mainly in playing blues rock of the White Stripes/Black Keys variety, but if you look at the few TG video reviews online, you'll see that this guitar can be pushed around in a number of directions and manages in most cases to produce very nice tones (amps not withstanding). Disappointingly, my amp of choice (Tubemeister 18) has not yet arrived in the mail, so I cannot yet tell you about the tones my TG produces first-hand.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS:
Note I'm not all THAT experienced with guitars. Up till now the most sophisticated thing I've owned is a $350 Epiphone Les Paul copy. But I've handled a few in stores and compared to most of those, this thing is a dream. Right out of the box, it comes with a great set-up, low action with minimal buzz, and a quality fit and finish all over. The dials are smooth to work, the tuners... everything is as it seems it should be. If you grip the pickups, you can find they wiggle a little. I'm not used to that.

Easily my favourite thing about the guitar (and the thing I most feared getting wrong, seeing as I was buying it "blind" from thousands of miles away without a nearby Tricky to try first)... is the neck. It's a real peach. The profile is absolutely perfect, the fingerboard baby-bottom smooth. I am very impressed (and relieved). If you're interested, it comes with 0.10 gauge strings. I'll even tell you: the guitar smells (yes... smells!) lovely.

PURCHASING CONSIDERATIONS:
Reverend say the Tricky should cost you c. $1,300 (USD). Most places I've seen sell them for $1099 (original Reverend case included). I got a discount as mine had a blemish (hardly, hardly noticable scuff against the matt finish, just under the right forearm position). One reason I feel glad to have found the rare all-red version is that there seems to me to be some inconsistency in the "thickness" of the burst finishes. Spend 5 minutes online pulling up images of the TG sunburst, for example, and you'll notice that the black margin around the outside doesn't always reach in to the same extent across examples. Also, lighting makes an enormous difference, and I couldn't quite tell how "orangey" or "yellowish" the inner shades would be. To my knowledge there's only a single review of the red burst TG online, and in that vid, the guitar looks almost black. My suspicion is that the burst tones look plenty attractive in real life, but camera angles, artificial lights and bad webcams do the matt finish a unique disservice.

The red colour of my TG is not as bright and as it would seem from the pics I provide below. It is, rather, half-way to wine-red... perhaps a LIGHT wine red of sorts. And it's not as plain either; you can see coming through the grain of the wood (something my camera phone is blind to, for the most part). Around the outside of the body runs a cream, or ivory coloured band, about 1/5 of an inch wide. It offsets the red just perfectly. The other finishes have this too, but in my judgement few photographs do it justice.

DISAPPOINTMENTS?
None I could mention without feeling like I was just whining. If you absolutely FORCED me to find negatives, I'd mention these: 1. under where the right hand strums, one of the dials (that directly under the bridge pickup) just gets a tad in the way for me; it bumps against my palm as it goes across. Vigorous strumming styles might have to make a slight adjustment. 2. My particular guitar has a very tiny smear where the red paint got onto the ivory-coloured neck trim. But it's tiny, and likely doesn't affect other TGs.

Besides that, I have a complaint about the case: it is several leagues below the quality of the guitar. The whole case, including the handle, annoyingly, is made from a hard, uncomfortable, scratchy black plastic throughout which the stitches hold on by faint hope alone. Worse, the faux fur interior clearly rubs against the guitar in transit... and molts; mine arrived with reels of the stuff wound about the strings at the bridge. I have bought cases for under $50 that had a higher quality feel to them. For your hard-earned $1k, the case declares its Reverence with only a cheaply sprayed-on silver logo on the lid. However uncomfortable the grip, though, the case is balanced well to carry.

UNEXPECTED DELIGHTS?
Aplenty! Most notably, the neck playability (see above). Apart from this, I read complaints online that the TGs and Manta Rays suffered "neck dive" akin to that on Gibson SG models (of all things!). That, I declare, is false. The guitar seems beautifully balanced. I have (for the moment and until I re-equip) only a crappy, old nylon strap to hang the thing about my neck with and even with that the guitar stays in position at all times without me having to hold it up. I let it go: it stays. By contrast, on the same strap that old Gibson Epiphone copy I once had dove straight to the floor without asking. Of course, you'd expect all this, the TG being a semi-hollow body guitar made from a lighter wood, and whatnot.


SHOW ME THE PICS!
Here they come in two portions: 1. as advertised, and 2. as I received it.

1. As Advertized:

The whole guitar, from left to right:
http://s9.postimg.org/j388v3uun/Red_Tricky.jpg

The body at an angle:
http://s11.postimg.org/qrzcalier/Red_tricky_4.jpg

The back in its entirety:
http://s18.postimg.org/enx2ub0cp/Red_Tricky_5.jpg

The headstock:
http://s17.postimg.org/apnas2jf3/Red_tricky_9.jpg

The tuners:
http://s16.postimg.org/9t1wz7o1h/Red_Tricky_8.jpg


2. As I received it:

As it was packaged:
http://s22.postimg.org/gtcl093hd/As_packaged.jpg

The guitar in its case:
http://s11.postimg.org/uw9hukt4j/It_the_case.jpg

The body in daylight:
http://s21.postimg.org/lqwl4hvp3/The_body_in_daylight.jpg

The bridge and bridge pick-up:
http://s18.postimg.org/tljc0jhqh/Bridge_and_bridge_pickup.jpg

From bridge... ...to neck:
http://s8.postimg.org/nj0thm1d1/From_bridge_to_neck.jpg

The jack:
http://s22.postimg.org/dcjporj6p/Jack.jpg

Tuners:
http://s21.postimg.org/fl4bp8gjb/Tuners.jpg

Tuners sideways:
http://s14.postimg.org/6rsv8oo4x/Tuners_sideways.jpg


Let me know if you have questions about the guitar or if you'd like more details.

Cheers!
Last edited by lukethechemist at Aug 30, 2013,
#2
Sweet score!!! Don't be afraid to add this info to the reverend thread!
Can't believe I beat Danny to this post, I feel special.
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#3
Awesome. I like the look of Reverend guitars a lot, and that is definitely one of the nicest-looking Reverends I have seen.
#4
I was shipping in Costco when this thread got posted!

...But I got to see it in the "Help me find a..." thread.

And like I said then, I am really happy about this find- makes me grin ear to ear! HNGD!

As for the pornog...errrr....photos: nice work, and very thorough. . I like that second shot where you can really see the wood grain juuuust peeking through. And yours that give us the "aircraft carrier approach" shot is cool, too. That Rev is just...HAWT!

(Yes, I AM a bit jealous right now! )

I have to agree with your assessment of the Reverend cases. They seem to be...not quite right. The one I got with my Flatroc fits alarmingly snugly (to me, at least), especially around the Bigsby.
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Aug 30, 2013,
#5
Quote by lukethechemist

SHOW ME THE PICS!
Here they come in two portions: 1. as advertised, and 2. as I received it.

1. As Advertized:

The whole guitar, from left to right:


The body at an angle:


The back in its entirety:


The headstock:


The tuners:



2. As I received it:

As it was packaged:


The guitar in its case:


The body in daylight:


FTFY

Congrats!

#6
This is really making me miss my Manta Ray. Thanks a lot!
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#9
Quote by JustRooster
I used to want a Hagstrom Viking until I saw this.



I know what you mean, but I think the Hagstroms have some prettier finishes than most of the Tricky Gomez guitars.

(I'd still go Rev, though. )

Then again, the Manta Ray 290 has P90s and a nice blue flamed maple top...
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Aug 30, 2013,
#10
Happy NGD

Looks comfy as hell.
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#11
wow very nice
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I'll have to put the Classic T models on my to-try list. Shame the finish options there are Anachronism Gold, Nuclear Waste and Aged Clown, because in principle the plaintop is right up my alley.

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#12
Damn I need a semihollow. That is gorgeous.
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Quote by The Dimery
HNGD! I can't wait to get my Reverernd this Christmas!, the wife has given me a £800 guitar budget!

Nice- just about the entire product range is in your reach!

When you start shopping, you might want to start looking at Wildwood Guitar because they do ship internationally, and they seem to have a special relationship with Reverend. Some finishes are available exclusively through them.

(There are other good places, too, but that's a good launch point.)
Sturgeon's 2nd Law, a.k.a. Sturgeon's Revelation: “Ninety percent of everything is crap.”

Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
Last edited by dannyalcatraz at Aug 31, 2013,
#16
I'm going to bump this to see what the TS thinks of this guitar at the moment. I'm dead keen on picking one up myself.