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Reverend BlackCat

Reverend BlackCat

Black Cats were listed in the Catalog briefly between 1997 to March of 1998 and appears to have represented the stripped down or entry level guitar in the Reverend line. By the time the Reverend Catalog was being distributed at NAMM in 1998 however, it no longer included the Black Cat.

The archives show that 33 Black Cats were made in total, though four of these were made after they were deleted from the catalog (1 in 2002, 1 in 2004, and 2 in Feb of 2006) which were probably "special ordered" by someone in the know.

Own a Black Cat? I am always begging folks for picutres to be included here at the Reverend Fanatic site, so if you have one, and don't mind sharing, please send them my way.

Reverend WolfmanReverend Black Cat For Sale?
If you are thinking about selling your Black Cat, 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!)

Reverend Black Cat Features of the Black Cat were; no amrest, single ply pickguard, a rosewood fretboard, an uncovered humbucker in the bridge and a single coil at the neck, no tone control, a single volume control, and a 3 way selector switch. All but one (TEAL) came in the black phenolic Reflecto-Hyde finish.

In the beginning, Reverend made the guitar bodies in house, but outsoruced necks and pickups. Early Reverend "Made in USA" necks came from a variety of sources, including All-Parts and Mighty Mite. Eventually, Reverend would have pickups made to their specifications overseas, but initially, the early pups were Kent Armstrong models. In the case of the Black Cat, they were a Kent Armstrong MP-112 strat style neck pickup, and a Kent Armstrong M214 Humbucker in the bridge.

The original Retail Price of the Black Cat was $598.

Black Cat Collecting Notes

Reverend Black CatDuring the USA era at Reverend, it was possible to send your guitar/bass back to the factory for upgrades and/or changes. When looking through the archives, we often see notes on these changes.

One question that gets asked frequently is how these changes affect the collector value of the guitar. Its hard to say really, without seeing the guitar as the low numbers of USA Produced guitars makes just about every Reverend from that period a special case. But in general, its best to have a guitar in its original factory condition, according to the specs at the time it was issued. Exceptions to this would be guitars that were custom ordered with specs different than those generally available at the time of issue AND having these non-standard modifications being noted as "Custom" in the archives.

The first of the three noted/custom Black Cats is serial number 00103. This was sent back for "Bridge upgrade (string-thru)" on 12-6-02 and possibly acquired an armrest at that time as well.

Black Cat 00104 is annotated as "Custom - Lipstick, Chrome HB - String-thru 12-29-99." My guess is that it was made with the lipstick and chrome HB cover for its October 1997 delivery, but return in December of 1999 for the string through upgrade.

Because Reverend had so many different models and color options, there are a lot of "one-of" guitars and basses. There are no notes on Black Cat number 00130, save for one word, "Custom". It is listed, however, as "BCSC" and instead of the pickup configuration (S-HB), this model was order in a Single Coil/Single Coil set up.

Reverend Black Cat The owner of #130 is a long time Reverend Collector/Player/Enthusiast and about this guitar he wrote on the Reverend Forum, "My Black Cat sounds more resonant unplugged than any other Rev." Another Cat owner and Forum Member agreed, "though I have always been impressed with how the Revs sound unplugged, I must agree - the Black Cat does sound more resonant than the others."

Black Cat serialnumber 00104 was also a Custom order in the color TEAL. It too had a changed in pickup configruation and is listed as having one lipstick pup, and a chrome covered humbucker. This was also sent back to the Reverend Factory for String-thru conversion on 12-29-99. Unfortunately, I don't have a picture of this Black Cat, but if anyone has the guitar, or a picture of the guitar, please let me know.

Reverend Black Cat For Sale?

If you are thinking about selling your Black Cat, 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!)