Gabrels’ first signature model was the Reverend RG1. This is his favorite example, and one of the main guitars he uses with the Cure. It also was employed on the revamped Never Let Me Down. Photo by Andy Ellis

Reeves Gabrels' Gear

Guitars: Reverend Reeves Gabrels Signature RG1, Reverend Reeves Gabrels Spacehawk, Gibson Les Paul R7, Trussart SteelCaster, and Breedlove Black Magic.

Amps: Yamaha THR100H, Audio Kitchen Thing One and Thing Two, Hiwatt 100-watt head, Fender Bassman, and Yamaha THRC cabinets.


Here’s the core pedalboard Gabrels used for the Never Let Me Down sessions: an Ibanez Weeping Demon, Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner, SIB Varidrive tube overdrive, Source Audio Multiwave Distortion, Alexander Syntax Error, Meris Ottobit Jr., and Line 6 M9. The signature Reverend Spacehawk was one of his primary guitars. Photos by Peter G. Fisher

Effects: Line 6 Helix, Ibanez Weeping Demon wah, Varidrive tube overdrive, Source Audio Multiwave Distortion, BOSS GE-7 Graphic Equalizer (modded by Thru-Tone), MXR Phase 90, Line 6 M9, Alexander Syntax Error, and Meris Ottobit Jr.

Strings and Picks: D’Addario NYXL (.009–.046), D’Addario EJ26 Phosphor Bronze acoustic (.011–.052), Dunlop Tortex 1.14 mm, and Dunlop T3 .60 mm and 1.3 mm.