COM - WCOM - CGT - WCGT - COM P90
The first Commando to make an
appearance, was finished in White and was sn 00062. Only two were made
first year of production. According to the latest Archive
update, there were 278
Commandos of all types made. That places it the 5th most
Reverend Family. In case your are curious, the order is:
Rocco > Slingshot > Avenger > Slingshot Custom > Commando > SPY > Wolfman > Hitman > Black Cat.
Reverend Commando For Sale?If you are thinking about selling your Commando, 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!)
The Commando Family:
- Commando - COM (188 units)
Reverend zebra bridge humbucker in bridge
position with coil tap, hot Strat-style pickup, and 3-way pickup
selector. This simple yet versatile workhorse covers an extreme variety
of tones from grinding rock to shimmering twang
- Workhorse Commando
- WCOM (5
Same as Commando except: Single-ply Pickguard and Non-locking Tuners
- Commando GT
- CGT (66 units)
Same as Commando but with extra
pickup in middle position, and 5-way pickup selector
- Workhorse Commando GT - WCGT
(15 Units) Workhorse Same as CGT except: Single-ply Pickguard and
P-90 - COM P-90 (3 units) Reverend P-90 Pickup in the Bridge Postition
with a hot Strat-Style Neck Pickup. 3 Way selector Switch and Bass
The Bulk of the Commando production was carried out from 1998 to the end of 2000, with just 27 units being made after that. Commando GT production was started in fall of 2000 and about 2/3rds of them were made by the end of 2001. Sporadic production continued until the end of 2005. The only Commandos made in 2006 were the Commando P-90s.
There is not much info on the net about the Reverend Commando. It didn't seem to get many reviews and was overshadowed by the Rocco and Slingshot models.
The most common finish ordered on a Commando is surprisingly - Bug Eye. There were 52 COMs, and 11 CGTs made in this metal finish for a total of 63 (out of 277). There were more Bugeye Commandos than any other model of Reverend in that finish (Roccos are second with 59). The next closest color was Black, with 39 guitars (COM 28, CGT 8, WCGT 3). Metal Finished Commandos made up over 1/3rd of the total. There were 16 Lava Swirls, 4 Engine Turned Aluminum, 4 Diamond Plates (more than any other model) and 2 Ridged Aluminum.
There were no sand blasted finished Commandos, and only 8 in Brushed Aluminum (6 Lake Superior Blue, 2 Dragon Fly Green, 0 Moroccan Gold).
There are a few "one-ofs" in the Commando family, TEAL COM, Small Diamond Plate, Sky Blue CGT, Red Mahogany CGT, Plexiglass COM, Lake Superior Blue WCGT, Hunter Green CGT, Greenwood COM, Fireball Red (CGT, WCGT, WCOM), Diamond Plate CGT, Burgandy WCGT, and Aged Yellow WCGT.
Only 28 Commandos were order with a tremlo, and 25 were the standard Fulcrum Tremelo. The remaining 3 were Bigsbys.
Maple fretboards only accounted for 36 of the the Commandos ordered. Optional wiring included 1 with the Phase Switch option and 4 were ordered with the Studio Switch wiring.
Seven Commandos are noted in the archives as "Custom" but there is no info that designates what the custom feature was.
Commando Evolution - By Dustin
The following Commando Evolution article was composed by Dustin and posted on the Reverend Forum. He graciously has allowed me to use the text and the pictures for the Revfan Site. For this, and all of his other service to the Reverend community, I heartily thank him!
BC (33 made) - Not many people think about the Black Cat (BC) as being the first Commando, but it seems to be the first sign of its conception. It was the first Rev to have a Humbucker in the bridge (no coil tap) and a Single-coil in the neck. A single volume control, no tone knob (integrated into the volume) and a G-style 3-way pickup selector. Almost all of them have the MIU neck (1st version). You can see the similarities and how it evolved into a Commando. The neck PU being straight instead of slanted toward the treble side like the COM's.
COM1 (53 made) - Next came the first "named" Commando. Humbucker in the bridge with a coil-tap and a Lipstick in the neck. G-style 3-way pickup selector. All have the old-style pickguards and both 1st (MIU) or 2nd (EPN) version necks.Notice the slanted neck pickup. That slant is also the easiest way to ID a Commando (Avengers have their neck pup straight across). They all have the neck pickup positioned like this.
COM2 (121 made) -This is the 2nd generation Commando and it features a Zebra HB with coil tap in the bridge and a S-style single coil in the neck. It has the more common F-style 3-way pickup selector. Most of these have Eastpointe necks.
COM3 (20 made) - Then there was the 3rd generation Commando. The only difference from COM2 is the HB. They all have covered Humbucker's. 3rd version USA neck as well.
CGT1 (45 made) - Next came the first generation Commando GT. Same pickup types as the COM2, but an added S-style single coil in the middle position. Coil tap on the HB and a 5-way pickup selector. Most of these have Eastpointe necks.
CGT2 (36 made) - Then there was the 2nd and final generation of the Commando GT. The only difference from CGT1 is the HB. They are covered like all Reverend HB's at this point. All have 3rd version USA necks. This version is not pictured, but it shares the same middle pickup as the CGT1 and the same HB as the COM3 below.
There is one Baritone Commando. This was not a model offered in Reverend's catalog. It shares the COM1 body and configuration, but has a WD Baritone neck. Check out the Headstock.
COM P-90 - Last but not least was a short span of 3 Commando P-90's. They feature a P-90 in the bridge and the Bass Contour.
Reverend Commando For Sale?
If you are thinking about selling your Commando, 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!)
Commando - 00236 Foam Blue/Maple
Commando - 00774 Aged White/Grpah-Tech
Commando GT - 01946 Bugeye Black Chrome
Commando GT - 01872 Fire Engine Red/Maple/Fulcrum Tremolo
Commando GT - 03764 Jet Black/Maple/Graph-Tech