SOLD Reverend USA Brad Houser 5 - Engine Turned Aluminum

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by RyanKinBK, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. RyanKinBK

    RyanKinBK Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2013
    After 12+ years of ownership, I've decided to part ways with my US-made Reverend BH5.

    It's an amazing instrument. Killer construction, amazing variety of useful tones, and a very eye catching design. (No joke, I've gotten several gigs just because the band leader liked the look of my bass.)

    From Revfan:

    The prototype Brad Houser 5 String (Black Phenolic, sn 01719) was made sometime 2000, but production did not get rolling until April of 2001. The last BH5 to leave the factory did so as Dragonfly Green, sn 04156, in March of 2005.

    The Brad Houser represented the high end of Reverend Bass offerings and has been praised by musicians for its retro vibe but sound all of its own.

    The Reverend Website listed the features as:

    • Designed with Brad Houser (Critter's Buggin, New Bohemians, Bass Player mag's 10 Young Guns To Watch) for the ultimate in versatility and performance!
    • 5-string with 35 inch scale, two black Reverend humbucker pickups, 3-position voicing switch (parallel, single coil, series) for each pickup, volume for each pickup, master tone control, Hipshot bridge with adjustable spacing, Hipshot Ultralite tuning keys, and wide neck (3 inch at 22nd fret)
    Bass Player Magazine's review by E. E Bradman, the bass is praised as:

    "Overall, the bass offered no stunning clarity or bright, modern tone, but thanks to the Reverend circuitry and semi-hollow design, it had a strong sound all its own. We recommend it to low-end lovers looking for a versatile 5 that evokes passive hollow- and semi-hollowbodies of the past. The Houser’s looks will always stand out, but its sound and price will definitely turn heads—and with flats, it’ll move a dance floor, too."
    Collecting Notes

    There were only 79 BH5's made and the most common color is Black, in which there are 14 instruments. Red Mahogany is the second most common color, but even so there are only 12 instruments in that finish. No other finishes makes it in to double digits, though there were four Sky Blue and two in Aged Yellow.

    Metal Finishes

    The most common metal finish is Moroccan Gold, with 10 instruments, though one is listed as having a black back. Lava Swirl comes in close behind with 9 instruments. Bug Eye is right behind with 8. Fans of the Engine Turned Aluminum can sleep a little easier as there are 3 of those out there... somewhere. There are three Space Race Silver BH5s and two in Lake Superior Blue brushed aluminum. The last BH5 made, in Dragonfly Green noted above, is the only one in that color.

    Faux Wood Finish

    Along with the 12 Red Mahoganies, there were four in Flamed Maple. There was one in Blue Wood, and one in Green Wood as well.

    One of a Kind

    There are a few one-ofs that are not already mentioned. There are single instruments in Blood Red, Safety Orange, Hunter Green, "Houser Purple" and Ultra Marine.
    Currently strung with newish La Bella 760FLs.

    Asking $1425 shipped CONUS. Not interested in any trades at this time.

    Last edited: Sep 19, 2018
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  2. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I’ve had three of these, they’re very cool.
    Do you have the correct case for it?
  3. RyanKinBK

    RyanKinBK Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2013
    Unfortunately, no. The orginal case was gone by the time it came into my life.
  4. rbeck47

    rbeck47 Supporting Member

    Apr 24, 2005
    SE Wisconsin
    Had one of these in Red Mahogany several years ago. Fantastic bass with a huge sound. GLWTS.
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  5. Matt R

    Matt R Supporting Member

    Jun 5, 2007
    Newbury Park, Ca.
    Awesome bass GLWTS!
  6. Joelc73


    Nov 13, 2000
    New York
    Awesome basses. I loved mine. Gigged it for years. If it had been a 34” I would still have it.
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  8. RyanKinBK

    RyanKinBK Supporting Member

    Oct 30, 2013
    And, sold to Mr. Triple F!

    Heading to WI.
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