AV - AVGT - AVTL - AAV - WATL
The Avenger was in the Reverend line-up from the very begining. The first production model, SN 00002, had a teal body and a maple neck. Nine out of the first 15 Reverends made was from the Avenger family. The last Avenger made came out of the factory on May 9, 2006 and was Lime Green and had a maple neck, serial number 04939 (see images at bottom of page).
Overall, 503 Avengers of all types were made making it the third most poplular (after the Rocco and Slingshot family).
Avenger for Sale?If you are thinking about selling your Avenger, or any other USA Reverend Guitar, Bass, or Amp, please send me an E-MAIL as I am always interested in buying USA Reverends. I also keep a list of sellers and buyers so at the very least, I might be able to steer you in the direction. Our website has a classifieds section, and all are welcome to post their Reverend gear here for free!
The Avenger Family :
- Avenger - AV (275 units) Three Reverend Strat-style pickups with 5-way pickup selector
- Avenger GT AVGT (79 units) Twin Rail Humbucker bridge, Strat-style middle and neck
- Avenger TL - AVTL (110 units) -Tele-style bridge, Strat-style middle and neck
- Advanced Series Avenger - AAV (5 units) Premium Model locking tuners, 3ply beveled guard
- Workhorse Avenger TL - WAVTL (34 units) Single Ply Guard, non locking tuners
The Avenger TL entered the line up in 2001, with the first being a Lava Swirl with Trem, sn 02555. The review in Vintage Guitar Magazine in 2003, states that the AVTL has "three pickups, with a traditional five-way switch, and offers a fat tone similar to a 1960s Strat, but with more bite and a different character - a bit more aggressive, with more tonal range than I expected. Very usable tones! The bridge position, as promised, yielded a brilliant and cutting sound just like a Tele should, and there was - I repeat - no feedback. None."
The Avenger GT was also a founding member of the Reverend Guitar line up and the first production model was sn 00005, Foam Blue with a maple neck. The last AVGT came out of the factory in 2004, but it must have been a special order as most of the GT production had ended by Sept 2003. The last GT, sn 03640, was in the faux wood Flamed Maple, with maple fretboard and a Hipshot Trem.
Avenger Collecting Notes
The most plentiful finish of all the Avenger Models is Aged White (66) followed closely by Black (64) and Sky Blue (47).
Of the metal tops, there are 14 Lava Swirls (LAV), 10 Bug Eye (BUG), 5 Engine Turned Aluminum (ENG) and 1 Ridged Aluminum (RIG).
In the Brushed Aluminum finishes, 17 were in Moroccan Gold (GLD), 12 were made in the Lake Superior Blue (LBLU), 6 in Dragon Fly Green (DGRN), and 6 in Space Race Silver (SLV).
There are not many Sand Blasted Finishes out there... 10 Hawaiian Scene (6 Chrome, 2 Lake Superior Blue, 1 Gold, and 1 "jet black custom"). There are only two with Hot Rod Flames, 1 each of the AVTL (see images below) and AVGT.
ONE OF A KIND
There are a few "one of a kind" Avengers not mentioned above. Faux Ash, Birdseye Front/Blood Red Back Custom, Aged Burgandy, Dusty Rose, Houser Purple, Lime Green, and a White AV TL.
Almost 1/3 of all Avenger models (147 of 503) were sold with some sort of Tremlo. Of these, 107 were the standard fulcrum tremlo, 27 were the Hipshot Tremlo, 11 were Bigsby, and 2 were the "Revsby".
Maple necks made up 1/3 of all Avenger models sold (167).
Twelve models had the Phase Switch option, and 35 had the Studio Switch. Eight Models had both.
Five models are noted as being "Custom".
Reverend Avenger For Sale?
If you are thinking about selling your Avenger, or any other USA Reverend Guitar, Bass, or Amp, please send me an E-MAIL as I am always interested in buying USA Reverends (if the wife will allow!) But if not, I might be able to steer you in the directions of someone who does, or expand your guitar's exposure by listing it here on the RevFan.com site (for Free!)
Avenger 00313 - Fire Engine Red
Avenger TL 02836 - Space Race Silver - Tremelo
Avenger TL 04012 - Smoked Chrome/Hot Rod Flames
Avenger 04939 - Lime Greeen/Maple
Reverend Avenger 01404 - Sky Blue
Reverend Avenger 00471 - Turquoise/Tremolo/Custom
Reverend Avenger 03470 Aged White/Maple
Reverend Avenger TL 03434 - Aged Yellow/Maple/Tremolo