Way back in 1996, when Reverend Guitars founder Joe Naylor designed the first Reverend guitar, the philosophy was simple: Design the best guitar you know how to. Make it look cool and sound great, and put it out there and see what happens.
Somebody’s got to make sure inventory is in stock, that dealers are ordering guitars regularly, and that the bills are getting paid. Like any company, there are things that need to be done that aren’t fun and aren’t why you got into business. But one of the things they get to do at Reverend Guitars — is check out the latest and greatest bands.
As touched on in my last two blog posts, the legends surrounding the music of Detroit are many. From the Stooges and MC5 all the way up to Kid Rock and the White Stripes, there are numerous figures that conjure up all kinds of visions. But none of them really confound the mind like Tricky Gomez.
When music aficionados speak of Detroit, they tend to go on and on about the slew of rock bands and R&B groups to come out of the area. When you consider the sheer number of rock legends and near-legends from the area, it's easy to see how one could spend hours discussing the Stooges, the MC5, Alice Cooper, Ted Nugent, Bob Seger, The White Stripes, etc.
Even after he passed away in 2009, Ron Asheton's legend hovered somewhere between "overrated" and "underrated," though today his impact cannot be overemphasized. In other words, if you've missed out on his incendiary guitar playing — meaning somehow one of Detroit's legendary bands, the Stooges, escaped your notice — then you've clearly been on another planet.
Reverend Guitars and Naked Body Guitars have collaborated on a one-of-a kind instrument, which will be raffled off for charity on April 28. The Reverend Warhawk II, painted to match a 1967 Mustang and equipped with a Railhammer Chisel pickup, will be raffled off along with the car to raise money for The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.
Here's a Guitar World video from the 2013 Winter NAMM Show, which took place January 24 to 27 in Anaheim, California. During the gear-filled weekend, we paid a visit to the gang at the Reverend Guitars booth to check out the company's new models, including the Tricky Gomez (pictured). For more about Reverend Guitars, head to reverendguitars.com.com.
Reverend Guitars has renovated the headstock on its Volcano and Ron Asheton Signature models. The new, symmetrical headstock provides a better contrast to the offset body of the models (the models have similar body shapes), which lends the guitar a more classic feel.