REVEREND USA ACCESSORIES
Besides Guitars, Basses, and Amps, Reverend sold a few branded accessories during the USA Period (97'-06'). These included Hard Shell Cases, Effects Pedals, Straps, and T-shirts.
The Accessories page has been one of the most difficult to put together as there are few records available (at least, to me) that detail the versions and quantities of the acessories sold and with which guitar or bass it went with. The cache of web "records" for Reverend Musical Instruments has provided a framework of information, but often the critical bits are still missing. More often than not, the best information has come from collectors/original owners who bought them in the early days, and dealers and distributors of the early lines. If you have any infromation, pictures, or insight, please feel free to contact me and I will get the info up as soon as I can.
Reverend has released the new Drivetrain II ($99) analog overdrive pedal. Like the original Drivetrain, it features drive, volume, treble, bass, auxiliary power jack, heavy steel chassis, hand-wired jacks and JRC4558 IC chip. The revised Drivetrain II features several important improvements made in response to customer feedback: * Increased output volume - With the drive set all the way off the pedal is still capable of substantial boosting by turning up the volume control. This allows a cleaner boost for fattening up the sound, pushing a tube amp over the edge or for simply changing the eq of your sound. * Wider range treble control - Allows more aggressive sounds and more tonal control which is especially useful with dark sounding humbucker equipped guitars. * Neutral bypass - Does not alter tone when pedal is bypassed and does not pop loud like common true bypass switches. Because it is buffered it also prevents signal and treble loss when using long cables or vintage pedals placed after the Drivetrain II. Reverend feels this is an improvement over true bypass switching. * Metallic Racing Green finish - Racy finish reminescent of 60's muscle cars. The Drivetrain II is a collaborative design effort by Joe Naylor and Bob Weil of Visual Sound, and is available factory direct from Reverend Musical Instruments.
Guitar and Bass Hard Shell Cases
The "tear drop" (TD) shaped case seems to have been with the Reverend Guitars and Basses from the begining. Reverend's records do not associate which type and how many TD cases were sold with particular instruments (as fas as I know). Joe Naylor has said that the Hardshell cases were sold with about 25% of the USA Instruments. Doing a little math that makes about 1200 cases of the various types available.
Due to the method in which guitars and basses were distributed in the early days, it would be logical to state that Reverend sold cases for those instruments with what they had available. If an guitar went to a music store with a case, and the instrument was bought "without" a case, that case would then be available for a guitar sold at a later date (thus pairing a later serial numbered instrument with an earlier style case).
Also, as case inventory waxed and waned, there was overlap between models. Some newer style cases went out before stocks of the older style were depleted. It doesn't seem that the folks at Reverend used up all of the "As" before they started distributing "Bs" and once the product left for their distributors, it was almost impossible to keep track what guitar went with what case.
So, its very possible that a earlier case languished at a Music store, unbought, until it was sold with a guitar that would normally be associated with a different style of case.
It has to be mentioned that guitars and basses have been mated with or seperated from their original cases long after they were initially sold. Unless you are buying an instrument from the original owner, it would be almost impossible to tell whether the case is original to the instrument. At the same time, there are some similar, if not identical, after market cases that only muddy the waters for the collector.
The information below should give you a pretty good idea of what kind of hard shell case or gigbag was available to purchase when you guitar/bass was manufactured. The use of "Mark" in the descriptions are by no means official, but I find it can be helpful to the collecting community in differentiating one case from another.
The Mark I Case
My guess is that Reverend originally ordered the Mark I case to "try them out." They seem to have come from a generic Canadian case maker. I have asked Mr Naylor about early Reverend cases and Joe only recalls that, "we bought them from a common distributor".
In my research for this section, I contacted serveral case manufactures and found that to buy cases in numbers, with wholesale discounts, you had to order order them in quantities of two dozen (24) cases.
This would be further evidence (though circumstancial) that only the first hundred or so of the early Reverends (including the prototypes) would have had the "Mark I" style of case.
These early cases have no logo, are lined in grey plush, and have brass hardware. The tolex is the normal "Fender" style and the tab that opens the inner compartment, is black plastic and marked "Made in Canada". The location of this pull tab is on the handle side of the case. There are four "stands" on the larger/bottom end of the case to rest it upright. The picture at right is a pre-production prototype Rocco in Desert Tan that was bought at NAMM in a MK I case.
This "common distributor" still makes this case today, and is identical to the early MK I case. The result is whe have little way of telling if the case is original to the guitar or it has been mated since its original purchase.
The Mark II Case
The Mark II case represents the first style of hard shell case that is exclusively "Reverend". There are a number of differences between the Mark I and Mark II cases, such as size, materials used, and style of construction, that lead me to believe that they came from different manufacturers.
On the outside of the case, the Reverend name in gold script now appears. The case itself measures 44.5" long which is about 2.5" longer than its predecessor. The tolex is different as well, now resembling elephant/marshal style and there are only two brass "stands" on the bottom of the case to rest it in the upright position. The latches are brass as well.
Inside the case, the compartment lid now has a tab made of white plasticized paper marked "Made in Canada" and it is attached on the outboard (handle) side. The earliest use of the Mark II case that I can confirm is #00096, and the last is in the low 300s. If you have a guitar before or after these serial numbers that you know was purchased togehter with a Mark II case, please let me know.
The Mark III Case
The mark III case is, in my opinion, the coolest looking of all the Reverend hard shell cases. The case is exactly like the Mk II case, except it now wears the "Tuxedo". The Black (top and bottom) and White (sides) tolex has become synonymous with the USA era Reverends. The case hardware is now nickel/chrome and the the logo on the case body is in Silver.
It retains the size of the MKII at 44.5" long and 4.25" deep, which is much bigger than the case needs to be. If you are buying (or selling) a guitar in this case (or the Mk II), please take extra pains to ensure the guitar is protected as, without bubble wrap or something else inside the case with the guitar, there is a high potential for the damage of the instrument inside.
Another problem with this case
(and the earlier Mk II) is that there
is no case lid retaining strap on the bout end (take a look at the Mk III at right, and the Mk
IV below to see it). This strap prevents the lid from
too far and stressing the lid hinge.
This case was probably manufactured by the same company as the Mk II, but not the later Mk IV and Mk V cases.
An interesting aside, a member at the Reverend Forum has a case that, for all intents an purposes, is a Mark III case but it lacks the Reverend Logo. While the current owner is not the original owner, the story is that the case did come from Reverend along with an early Commando. If this is, in fact, legitimate, my speculation would be that this might have been a prototype Mark III case that was sold by Reverend.
The Mark IV Case
The hard shell case with the longest run for USA Reverends is the Mk IV case. There are someslight changes to this version over the earlier MK III case. It is now about 2.5" shorter overall than its predecessor, which makes it the same size as the Mk I. The plush has changed to black, and the compartment tag is now leather and attached at the inboard (hinge) side, and marked by the case manufacturer, "TKL". This is the last style of teadrop cases from Reverend.
On January 1st of 2006, the Reverend website lists the Tuxedo Case (Mark IV) as on option, but just a few days later, on January 12th, the Tuxedo TD case is no longer an option on the website, and has been replaced by the Rectangular Mark V case.
Some long-time Reverend collectors say that they were able to order Tuxedo cases "back in 2006," so while unavailable via the website, you could probably still have ordered one until Reverend's supplies ran out.
The Mark V Case (a & b)
Joe Naylor did not like the looks of the import Reverends in the retro styled teardrop case. A new, "rectangular" style entered the line up and the teadrop case was phased out. While it is hard to pin down an exact date, the Mk5 case shows up on the web catalog in January 2006. Also, I found an Import Reverend with a serial number of 0444X that came with the Mk5a case. That guitar had a build date of October 2005. This would indicate that any USA Reverend with a SN of around 4440 could be eligilbe for the Mk5a case being "original" to the guitar.
There are two styles of rectangular case, and they are identical, except that one (Mk 5a) has an extra block of padding that the headstock rests against. The current rectangular case (Mk 5b) doesn't have this padding. The Mk 5a (with padding) was at least available up to guitar 04919, which was one of the last 15 guitars made in the last few days of USA production. The case that is currently available from Reverend is the MK 5b, without headstock padding block. This style case was shown in Reverends online catalog from about mid 2006. My speculation is that soon after the ceasing of USA guitar production, the swtich was made to the Mk 5b.
Both cases measure 42" x 14 3/4" x 4 1/2" and have black or dark grey plush. TKL is the manufacturer and the interior compartment has a plastic pull tab marked "TKL" on the outboard side (Handle side). The hardware is nickel/chrome.
The total number of bases was a about 20% of Reverend instruments made, or about 1033. Bass cases did not have as many iterations as their Guitar brethren, but non the less we have several distinct styles.
- Prototype Black TD, Grey Plush lining, No logo -- ???
- Bass Case I - Tuxedo TD, long, Red Plush Silver Logo
- Bass Case II Tuxedo TD, Short, Black Plush, Silver logo
Since bass production began after guitar production was well under way, and ended before USA Guitar production halted, it makes it harder to speculate which cases were available for basses and when. The same generic manufacturer of all black teardrop guitar case used with the earliest Reverend Guitars, also makes a similar bass case. I have seen Reverend USA basses sold with this style of case on eBay and Craigslist, but I cannot confirm with Reverend, whether they were ever sold with the early bases.
I am hesitant to put the all black/grey teardrop in the "official" line up of Reverend Cases, as the only evidence we have is circumstantial. The jury is still out, if you have any info on this, don't hesitate to contact me.
The Bass casses mirrored the guitar cases in availablilty date. The first Reverend Bass has the sn 00347, which would put it about mid 1998. By this time, Reverend had begun shipping guitars in the Mark III case (Black and White/Red Plush). It is possible that Reverend used a generic prototype case for the first few basses, but again, this is mere speculation.
There seems to have been at least 4 differend Guitar Gigbags used by Reverend. As with the hard shell cases, its is difficult to tell what gigbags were sold with which guitars/basses as they have been subsequently mixed and matched. In my research, I have found four different styles of guitar and 3 styles of bass gigbags. If you have an original gigbag that you bought with your Reverend Guitar or Bass and can help flesh out the details regarding when each type was available, I would appreciate you sending me a e-mail.
1997-2001 - Gigbag Style 1
The earliest gigbag style I can confirm is a pretty basic design that is fairly thin in its padding. It has two carry handles at the side, a single sling shoulder strap, and the Reverend logo at the guitar neck. This gigbag has one large zippered pocket that runs laterally to the body of the bag. Whenever I buy a Reverend guitar and it comes with this style of bag, I panic a little when it comes to shipping. I can't stress how little padding this bag has. I would say its more of a convienience kind of bag, than one that can afford any real protection. If you are shipping a guitar in this bag, do everyone a favor and pad the heck out of the guitar the bag, the box etc.
2001 - 2004 Gigbag Style 2
Around the time that Reverend moved to direct sales, a new style of gig bag was adopted. The web catalog description remains the same as the previous bag; "High quality padded black nylon with padded "backpack"straps, external accessory pocket and white silkscreened logo" but the bag itself now has only one large pocket on the bag body that opens perpendicularly to the bag in a "curved" shape. The logo is still in the script style and is located on the neck. Again, the protection level of this bag is suspect... I wouldn't trust this bag to protect my guitar.
2004-2005 Gigbag Style 3
The next gigbag is different in
style to the earlier models. Its a bit of an improvement over the earlier models as far as protection goes, though almost anything would have been better than the earlier styles.
The bag now has two pockets that open laterally, a large pocket at the body of the bag, and the long retangluar one at the neck. The logo has switched from the script "Reverend" logo at the neck, to the winged "R" logo at the bottom of the bag
2005-2006 Gigbag Style 4
The last gig bag available via the Reverend Web catalog was the ACCESS Stage-One Gigbag. It is not clear when it was first available, but it shows up by mid-2005 and is found listed in some advertisements for the Rick Vito model (as an available option). I can confirm that Rocco sn #04296 came with this style of bag.
There is no Reverend logo on the bag. By this time, Bass production has ended and imports are getting to be the focus of Reverend Production. By the end of 2005, no gig bags are listed on the web site.
Out of all the Gigbags available, the Access Stage One seems to be the most suited for the the task. One retailer states, "Likely the most protective gigbag at this price, durable black nylon exterior, dense foam padding, wall stiffener, strong nylon web handles, nylon zippers, large accessory pocket, padded shoulder straps...... an exceptional value.
Reverend Guitar Strap
To complete your Reverend collection, you need a Reverend Guitar Strap. Pretty Generic Black nylon 2" strap with the Reverend Logo repeated along the length. As with all straps of this type, its not the most comfortable for extended use, but hey, its genuine Reverend!
The first Reverend T-Shirt was available in Blue and had the Reverend Musical Instruments Logo with the Shield Background. Subsequent designs included the winged "R" and were available in Hunter Green, Denim, Orange and Black. If you have a picture of any of these shirts (even if its you wearing them) please send them my way so I can post them.
Drive Train I & II