Price paid: $ 529
Purchased from: Reverend direct
Sound — 10
I'm filing this just to temper the enthusiasm of Stevegio, whom I know from the Reverend forum. I have to say that he's right on the key issue - this is a very, very versatile instrument, with a wide range of tones. It hits single coil percussiveness and can also deliver very fat tones, thanks to the bass contour control, a great feature that adds or reduces low end. This instrument is very well known among its owners for its powerful low end response. On Delta or Hooker stuff you appreciate that. Highs are not as ice picky as Fenders can be, if you need that much treble you'll have to mod the electronics or get another guitar. There's very good quack in positions two (Clapton) and four (Cropper) as well. Very little hum in the three single positions, unless you're playing very high gain. It's hard to get a bad sound out of this guitar if you can play. It's easy to get a good one with a decent amp. I own a dozen guitars and this is the one I use on shows most, because it does any genre well.
Overall Impression — 10
I play RB, soul, rock, blues, lately jazz. This guitar can do a decent job with jazz (it's not a hollow body fer heavensake), and a great job with the others. For slide it's a knockout. I've done clips with this where people thought it was an acoustic, others where it sounds like Allman. There are guitars with more expensive finishes, but if you're buying a guitar to take to a show, and you like a warm single coil sound, this one will probably make you happy. These guitars cost a couple hundred bucks more now than when I bought mine, still worth it. I have owned Fender (Mustang, Jazz and Precision), Charvel (jazz bass), Gibson (LP Standard and LP 60s Tribute with P90s), Washburn (Steve Stephens signature), and other very good guitars. My amps are mainly Peaveys, I'm a bang for the buck guy and a Studio Pro 112 with a Tech 21 Blonde pedal is like a roomfull of Fenders. I've been playing 47 years, and I play some things pretty well. I currently own six Reverends, half USA made and half imports, all bought used except the Jetstream. I also own an Aria with 3 P90s that was a piece of garbage (electronics, hardware, everything) before I modded it, reminded me that the Jetstream was fine out of the box. I'd buy it again if I needed to. Don't be put off by Stevegio's rave. If you're looking for a single coil sound with more presence, you'll like this guitar. I'm giving it a ten because for the price, nothing's better, just different.
Reliability & Durability — 10
This instrument is as tough as a Strat. I've used it without a backup. Main thing goes wrong at any show is a string breaking, locking tuners make changes fast. This is a workhorse guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Setup was fine, I adjusted action and pups to my taste (I need higher action than most and change tunings). No issues whatsoever to report. A few Reverend import owners had issues with the output jack, Reverend handled them. They take care of their customers. BTW, the guitar is substantial in weight and size, I'd say mine is 8 lb.
Features — 10
Made 2006, first run of the model. Chambered mahogany body, spruce top (!), maple bolt on neck, sperzel tuners, 3 Reverend P90 pups, volume, tone and bass contour controls, 5 way switch, graphite nut. Came with a decent gig bag, wrench. Has a Wilkinson tremolo that I blocked, I play slide and don't need it. Very well-appointed and designed instrument, especially at that price.