Where are Reverend basses made?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The title says it all. I don't care where they are made, I am just curious because that Mercalli 5 is very tempting.
  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The website says they started in Detroit and are currently headquartered in Livonia, MI, but it is unclear about where the instruments are made.
  3. OldDirtyBassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    I don't know either, but the examples I've heard from the Reverend company are burpy as all heck.
  4. nerkoids


    Jan 3, 2014
    I've read somewhere they're made in Korea. Or assembled in the US with Korean hardware and pickups made specifically for them.
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  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That would fit with their reasonable prices.
  6. OldDirtyBassist


    Mar 13, 2014
    They have the fundamental Fender tone to go with that burp. None of the other Fender-like companies that I know of have this, including the high end/boutique guys.
  7. They are made in Korea. Same plant that makes the Duesenburg guitars which is apparently one of the top Korean plants. I haven't played any of the basses but I am a huge fan of the guitars. Very well made.
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  8. Bob-I


    Sep 12, 2014
    I read an article about their move to manufacturing in Korea. They stated that moving production offshore cut costs and increased profits allowing them to expand the business. After the move they employed more US employees than before and in addition the jobs created with this move were higher salary jobs such as marketing, product management, distribution, etc. overall the move was good for the US workers and economy. PRS has made similar claims with their SE line. It was very interesting stuff.
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  9. Last I heard they were made on Earth, as there were some issues with getting the Mars plant up and running.
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  10. Barisaxman

    Barisaxman Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 17, 2005
    Omaha, NE
    Made in Korea, and the Mercalli 5 is awesome. Bought it on a whim and my Fender American Jazz 5 went away cause the Mercalli has all the tonal options I wanted. Great bass and the fit/finish is excellent. I'm GASing for a teal/flame maple, which wasn't an option when I bought mine.
  11. Back in the day when the awesomely awesome Brad Houser 5 was offered, they were made in the U.S. Man, they need to bring that model back in a bad way, just like Fender needs to bring back the Roscoe Beck 5. Those were the only passive 5'ers I ever liked.
  12. Korea is correct. I love mine. Well made a cool to look at. Wide neck makes it a challenge to play especially above the 12th. I have a blue 5 string Mercalli. Love the tone.
  13. BobaFret


    Jan 22, 2008
    I'm diggin' the Meshell

  14. Obese Chess

    Obese Chess Spicy Big Dad Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    Portland, OR
    Yeah, I miss the wackiness of the old models (Rumblefish, etc) but the new stuff looks and sounds great.
  15. Mustang Surly

    Mustang Surly

    Jul 10, 2013
    My Dub King was made in Korea. Excellent fit and finish with no issues whatsoever.
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  16. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I have 3 American made Rumblefish XL 5s. Awesome instruments. Unique tone. Kinda early Fender / Dano surf sound on steroids, with burp and growl and big gnashing metal teeth!
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  17. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Mine are early MIA and have Eastpointe MI on the headstock.
  18. Doctor Hugocat

    Doctor Hugocat Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    Los Angeles
    I was interested in the same question a few months back: I was surprised that the company didn't put it on their website (at least I couldn't find it).
  19. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    I really like their new line. The Rumblefish XL was my first real bass I bought brand new. I loved it but honestly I like the new basses better. :bag: don't tell anyone. I've played all but the Meschell posted up above. Gigged a decision for a while and do miss it. Don't miss my Rumblefish tho.

    The Mercallis are really great but from the new line I think the Dub King is my favorite. Followed by the Thundergun then the Mercalli. Right now I have a hard time putting down my ESP RB 1005 so my opinion probably shouldn't count. :ninja: