Jetstream HB review by Reverend

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  • Features: 9
  • Sound: 9
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Reliability & Durability: 9
  • Overall Impression: 9
  • Reviewer's score: 8.8 Superb
  • Users' score: 8.2 (9 votes)
Reverend: Jetstream HB

Price paid: A$ 600

Purchased from: eBay

Features — 9
2005 - Made in Korea. This is one of the earlier versions. Newer models have curved relief at top bout-- mine is a flat solid body. 25.5 inch scale with double humbuckers - Reverend's own custom pups. Medium jumbo frets on a C- shaped neck. All the details are on the manufacturer's website: easiest to just check it out there. Offset guitars are suddenly cool again (how many re-issued Jags and 'Stangs in 2017?) so the Jetstream fits with this, although it's a full-length Fender scale, not the shortened versions.

Sound — 9
Very versatile palette of sounds available due to the bass-contour roll-off. Using the bass and treble controls, you can pretty much dial up whatever sounds you want: from twang through to fat rock. Thrash Metal might be a stretch too far given the neck shape and passive pups. Blues Rock is the sweet spot for mine. I can't quite find a convincing Jazz tone without pedals. Dialing the treble back on the neck pup, fattening up the bass response and keeping the volume back works ok, but nothing special. I won't be parting with my Ibanez Jazz-box just yet.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
The guitar was more than 10 years old when I bought it so I can't really comment on the factory set up. Currently the set up is very good. Accurate intonation, medium-low set up, pickups adjusted. I'm guessing that my guitar wasn't used much (or very well cared for) prior to me because the finish and detail is great. Binding is now creaming up nicely. Medium Jumbo frets are dressed pretty well but maybe not quite up to Custom Shop standards. 3-way selector works crisply. Pots are linear in their delivery.

Reliability & Durability — 9
Solid, reliable and gig-worthy. No issues so far. Strap buttons are factory and work well with my Slick straps. I'm not the kind of player to dance around the dance and swan dive off the speaker stack and so more energetic types may form their own views. The gloss finish over three tone burst is robust, sweet and unlikely to wear away anytime soon - and I'll be keeping it away from the relic fan-boys. You can't apply road worn cred with steel wool, sand paper and yellow varnish! Hardware seems bullet proof.

Overall Impression — 9
Overall this guitar is brilliant value for money, looks great, and sounds strong. Blues, bluesrock, pubrock, and big wailing solos is what this guitar is for. Fat clean tones abound. It has the power of a Gibson SG but with the clarity of the Fender scale length. Sustain not quite at LP levels, but it's not going to break your back either. This is a unique looking guitar with a retro vibe and yet plenty of contemporary versatility. The most natural sound palette is unlike any others, and very hairy chested, but with some subtle work on the bass-contour and tone controls, it can do a very good impression of Fendocasters all the way through to Gib-Pauls.

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