The Reverend SPY was another model that was in the Reverend Line-up from the begining. The first production model SPY was in Turquoise and enters the archives in 1997 as serial number 00035. By the time Reverend USA production ceased, only 206 SPYs had been produced. SPYs fell out of the official Reverend Catalog in 2003, but after Reverend announced the impending cessation of the USA line, a few more were ordered by Savvy Rev-a-holics. The last SPY to come out of the shop was custom ordered, in Smoked Chrome with Hawaiian graphics.
SPY For Sale?
If you are thinking about selling your SPY, 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!)
SPY Collecting Notes
With 206 total instruments, only a few colors made it to the double digits in production. The most common finish is Turquoise, representing over 25% of them at 57 instruments. Sky Blue is a distant second with 23 made. These are followed by black (20), and Aged White (12).
For the specialty metal finishes, Bug Eye leads the way with 11, Lava Swirl follows with 4, Ridged Aluminum 3, and one lonely Engine Turned Aluminum Spy comes in last.
As stated above, the SPY model leaves the catalog in 2003, which severely reduced the number of Brushed Aluminum SPYs made. In fact, most of the SPYs in Brushed Aluminum seem to have been ordered after it was announced that USA production was ending. There are no SPYs in Moroccan Gold, 3 in Dragonfly Green, One each of Lake Superior Blue and in Smoked Chrome, both with Hawaiian Scene graphics.
The Faux wood finishes were brought on board to "lure" folks who were more interested in traditional wood guitars into the Reverend congregation. As with the Brushed Aluminum finish, the faux wood finishes come in as the SPY goes out. There is one Quilted Mahogany, but again, it was ordered and made as a last hurrah after it was announced that USA production was ending..
SPY "one of a kinds", not mentioned above: Navy, Safety Orange, and Pink.
One of the first "Specialty" Reverends was one in a finish called "Formica Corporation" (archives - F.C.). The story is that 14 instruments were ordered by the Formica Company to give to their top salesmen. The finish is a wood grain phenolic top over a chrome base. The wood grain top has been "cut" with tiny little squares to allow the chrome underneath to show through. The effect has been referred to as "studded Mahogany" or "pin dot". Its a neat effect, and a handsome instrument. These rarely come up for sale and have become part of Reverend Lore. These rarely change hands and I only know of 2. Please contact me if you have one of the other 13!
Almost 30% of SPYs (59 of 206) were sold with either a standard fulcrum Tremelo (49) or a Bigsby (10).
Maple necked SPYs make up about 10% of the population (21 of 206).
Wiring options: One model was retro-fitted in 2003 with a Studio Switch.
CUSTOM and NOTES
The first Reverend Lava Swirl guitar made was SPY (sn 01918). Another quasi-famous SPY is the High Times Give-away model. The official name was "Greenwood" as it had a faux wood finish (in Green) Gold Guard, and Green Lipstick Covers.
One black SPY is noted as "Destroyed", but there are no details about its destruction (as in WHY!). Another SPY, in Coral Blue and is listed as being a "Prop - Non functioning / sellable".
Sky Blue Spy #02605 was returned for an upgrade of Studio Switch, Graph Tech Saddles and Sperzel tuners. Another Sky Blue was returned for the addition of a Tremelo (#02533). One Ridged Aluminum Guitar (I believe it was a Hitman?) was coverted to a SPY - #01335).
Reverend SPY For Sale?
If you are thinking about selling your SPY, 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) 02240 SPY RIG TRM
Reverend Spy 01645 - Formica Corporation (Studded Mahogany)
Reverend SPY 02240 Ridged Aluminum/Trem
Reverend Spy 00267 - Turquoise
Reverend Spy 00452 - Fireball Red/Maple