Shootout at the GC corral

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dancehallclasher, Oct 15, 2001.

  1. well, i brought my reverend to Guitar Center this morning, while all the B.C. Rich death metal urchins were still in high school, to try out some distortion pedals. after i was done (the proco rat is my favorite so far, btw) i A/Bed the revvie with some other basses. i was glad to get the chance to do this at last; i bought it sound-unheard because i'm just crazy like that.

    the verdict?

    it was unbelievable. the rumblefish XL ($750) beat out basses costing many hundreds of dollars more. american P-basses, american deluxe active Js, stingrays, ibanez, all stepped up to the plate and were unceremoniously smacked down. the only tone which i thought put up a good fight was that of the more expensive warwicks in the store. however, in the feel and versatility departments, the reverend completely owned warwick, along with all the previously mentioned basses.

    so, i found out that it wasn't just a matter of deluding myself into believing that i spent money on a great bass. the proof is in the puddin'. i realize that it's all subjective, but now more than ever i HIGHLY recommend picking up a reverend if you have the means. :D
  2. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Hehe, it's funny 'cause it's true.

    What retailers carry Reverend? I've only seen them in catalogs and would really like to try one out.
  3. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    no chance for me to try one before buy. i live in italy and i have to make myself happy with my evil twins, the all black king of fingerprints MIA fender p and the mapleglo rick 4001. that's life!;)
  4. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    dhc - Did you get to A/B it with a Lakland or a Pedulla MVP or Thunderbass? Just interested in seeing how it stacks up to those.
  5. iv never tried a reverend (saw one in the bass center in london once though), but i sure as hell use a ProCo Rat 2! :)
    nicer then a lot of dedicated bass pedals (4 those not in the know, the Rat is a primarily guitar pedal) .......anyway

    oh, and i just got news that i can take lessons with one of the best session players in england!
    yay! :)

    its a good day to sleep!
  6. no, there were no laklands or pedullas in the house. actually i've never played a lakland, but what are they, like 2000 bucks? i'd sure as heck HOPE they're better than the reverend...

    superduck: has a list of dealers.
  7. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    at lease you get a break.
  8. James G. Ellis

    James G. Ellis

    Jun 22, 2001
    having owned a Reverend, a bunch of Warwicks, Pedullas and now a Lakland, I can speak to the comparisons.
    Feel-wise, the neck on a Reverend is hard to beat at any price point. Broken in, fast, well dressed. Unfortunately, mine fluctuated too much for my taste with the least little change in humidity.
    They are a bit uncomfortable with the rigid edges of the body, hum a lot unless if both pickups aren't on full (unless it is the XL model) and are prone to buzzing if you try to set the action as low as you can on one of the previously mentioned basses.
    But... they have incredible tone, especially when put to tape, are so light you can play them forever without the fatigue, and just have a mojo.
    That said... I wouldn't trade my Lakland for a stable of them. It is too pretty, has a better palette of tones and is just "the one."
    Nor would I trade my Sterling for one... an equally good neck and a more forceful tone, IMO.
    Plus, I felt the Warwicks, Pedullas, Lakland, Modulus, G&Ls and Music Man basses i have had all were much better made... but as the man said, they should be for the price difference.
    So should a Fender... but...
    Anyway, if I have a shot at another one and have the dough, I will snap it up and use it for recording. Great tone from a great and unique bass, especially when paired with a Sadowsky outboard preamp.
  9. I played Dave Siff's at The Atlanta talkbass get together. I was frankly put off by the plastic and metal. Then WOW! Playability was about as good as any production bass I've tried and the tone was one of the best all around bass sounds I've ever heard. With a flat setting on my old super cube (think neutral, even cold sounding sealed cab), it spoke!

    That being said, earlier that day I had tried a Smith neckthrough at GC. 4K price tag, around 3K street I guess. No comparision. The really good custom makers can demand their prices for a reason.

    But man, the tone on that Reverend, and I might could get into the palm tree motif I just saw on their website......... :D
    edit: maybe I'll just spray a palm tree on my old black bass :cool:
  10. RS


    Aug 27, 2000
    Cleveland, OH
    I'd wish I could try one out... I seriously about to
    order one from MFs and just send it back if it
    doesn't cut it. I'm pretty picky, and I hate buying new basses... hey DHC, send me yours for a couple weeks. It needs a vacation.
  11. it just went on fall break with me, that's all the vacation it's getting. :D