The Gristle 90 is the next dimension in the Gristle-verse. A set-neck guitar with the Gristlemaster body shape, it’s loaded with a pair of Fishman p90s. Our own Joe Naylor worked with Fishman to capture the Reverend 9A5 tone in these pickups. The midrange punch and clarity of a soapbar pickup with an option for more hot-rodded sound at the push of a button. A push-pull phase switch in the tone knob means more guitar sounds to explore!
Fishman Greg Koch Gristle 90 Signature pickups are hum-free, boast extra clarity and treble shimmer, and a push button boost on the control plate kicks in the midrange gristle. Conveniently recharges with USB port at the input jack. For more information refer to the Fishman User Guide in the Support section of our website.
Our Bigsby tremolo system feels great and stays in tune all night long! We install a custom Soft Touch spring into all our Bigsbys for easy, smooth action. Our roller bridge works with our Pin-Lock tuners and Boneite nut to create a system that strings glide through every time.
We use "Boneite," a synthetic bone nut, that is more consistent than natural bone, on all Reverend instruments. It reduces friction, allowing the strings to slide through the nut slots smoothly, improving tuning stability.
Korina (aka White Limba) is a medium-light weight wood, highly prized for consistency and tonal qualities. Often found in boutique and vintage instruments, all Reverends feature Korina bodies. A highly resonant wood, Korina is a key factor to producing our lively, responsive instruments that are rich in harmonics.
The strategically placed chamber underneath the pickguard reduces weight, and turns up the body resonance for a more lively and responsive tone.
The paint on a Reverend is thinner than most production guitars, allowing the body to vibrate more freely, for a more resonant and lively tone. Thick finishes might look a little 'slicker', but at Reverend, tone is a top priority. Our finish is also UV cured, which means it's 100% dry from day one, unlike vintage-style nitrocellulose finishes, which can take years to fully dry.
A thumbwheel under the tuner pushes a steel pin up through the post, locking the string in place for exceptional tuning stability and super-fast string changes.
Every Reverend is hand initialed and serial numbered on the back of the headstock by one of our highly skilled technicians who sets up, inspects, and tests every instrument.
We took the traditional barrel knob and added a white dot, which lets you easily see where your knob rotation is set. Simple, but effective.