#1
Since I first saw one, I have wanted a Yamaha SA503 TVL. They went out of productions before I could get one, and they never pop up on the secondary market when I have the cash to get one.

However, I think I now have something close enough- a Reverend 2011 Manta Ray 390 LE. Even though it, too, is out of production, and their run may have been more limited (only about 99 were made), they're more common on the used market. And less expensive. Here's mine:









Lets compare the specs:


Yamaha SA503 TVL
Set Neck
24 3/4" = 628mm
Fingerboard Rosewood
Radius 14" = 355mm
Frets 22
Body Maple
Neck Maple
Bridge Chrome Bigsby Tremolo
Pickups Bar Single Coils X 3
Pickup Switch Dual 3-Way Selector Switches (All Access System)
Controls Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3, Master Tone
Colors Black, Translucent Blood Red


Reverend Manta Ray 390
body: semi-hollow with 6 mm solid maple flat top on korina, and 'shooting star' f-hole.
Black back and sides with cream binding. 18" x 14-5/8" x 1-3/4"
pickups: three Reverend P-90s, output/tone calibrated for each position. Hum cancelling when combined
neck: glued-on, one-piece korina, tilt-back headstock
truss rod: dual-action, access at headstock
scale: 24-3/4"
fingerboard: rosewood, 12" radius, single-layer binding, pearloid block inlays
frets: 22 medium jumbo
neck profile: medium oval
nut: 1-11/16" (42.86 mm) width, graphite
tuners: Reverend Pin-Lock Tuners
bridge: TOM w/ roller saddles, and Bigsby B70 tremolo
controls: custom volume, tone and bass contour


My experiences so far:

The neck is the heralded Reverend neck. Medium oval- not too big, not too small. Action is nice. The Bigsby is what it is.

The body feels so nice against me, with a large leather padded strap. It projects pretty well for a flat-topped semihollow. (I know, I know, like that matters...)

The sound is awesome. The 3 P90s sound HUGE, but they also have subtlety. Very responsive. Played some surf, jazz, punk, new wave, alt-rock, classic rock and metal on it so far, and nothing tripped it up. With the Bass contour knob, I can get super twangy or super heavy.

I might have to get another one... And I don't say that about many guitars.
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#2
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#4
Alas, no- I have never gotten around to recording myself.

But trust me, I am the SHIT and it is da BOMB!
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Why, yes, I am a lawyer- thanks for asking!

Log off and play yer guitar!

Strap on, tune up, rock out!
#6
Quote by dannyalcatraz
It projects pretty well for a flat-topped semihollow. (I know, I know, like that matters...)


Very important for those Kumbaya moments gathered around a bonfire on a sandbar in the middle of the Mississippi River.




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I might have to get another one... And I don't say that about many guitars.


Wait. I thought you said that about ALL your guitars.
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Quote by dspellman
Very important for those Kumbaya moments gathered around a bonfire on a sandbar in the middle of the Mississippi River.



Damn skippy, son!


Wait. I thought you said that about ALL your guitars.


Nope. I like variety- I have just over 20 guitars now, and while I would buy guitars of those brands again, there are precious few I would buy the exact/substantially the same model of again.

So, for instance, I have 6 Jon Kammerers. Of those, the only "duplicates" are a Scorpius solidbody with a trem and a semihollow hardtail version.

I have 2 Fernandes Ravelles: one with the Sustainer in the neck, one LE Goldtop with the SD 59 & 4JB pickups. I'd like to get a SHIN Koi- which has the same pickups as the Goldtop.

I want to get a second Dean Cadillac to drop a set of engraved BareKnuckle Rebel Yells into, so it can be my Steve Stevens fanboi guitar.

I'm seriously contemplating a second Reverend Rick Vito for slide...but I may go with a Warhawk 390 II for that instead.

And now this Manta Ray is being all sexy & seductive...
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!
#8
Hell yeah Danny! That's a beaut, I enjoy a good new reverend day! Now get a new amp already!
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#9
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!
#12
Mmmm...that is an excellent suggestion.
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!
#13
https://www.ultimate-guitar.com/forum/showthread.php?t=1257936

All New Guitar Day threads must contain two of the following three items:

Pictures of your guitar
Clips/video
A reasonably thorough review.

This means more than "I like it, it's green, here are the specs." Please write at least a few complete sentences that would help someone who hasn't tried your guitar understand what you like about it. Specs are nice to include but don't add any content that couldn't already be found online - so add your own flavor and content to your review!


Each of these must be user-created. This means you must write the review or take the pictures or make the video. Stock photos or someone else's youtube videos are not acceptable.

Threads without these requirements will be closed and the user will be given a warning.


I can only see one out of the three wanted items...

Double standards ?


Oh and HNGD
#14
*psst*

Look under the listed specs, and you'll see a summary of my experiences with it thus far.
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!