Check out the latest and greatest gear from the first day of the 2014 Summer NAMM show.

Cusack Music brought three new boxes to Summer NAMM: They've resurrected the Hellhound amp (previously available from Reverend), but the Schizo voicing switch is now footswitchable and power can go from 20 to 60 watts. The head streets for $1,300, the combo $1,500. Meanwhile, the Yummy Delay and Tasty Whirl are simplified versions of the Tap-a-Delay and Tap-a-Whirl (respectively). Each has available tap tempo via an RCA jack, and they go for $200 a pop.

Fat tones from a sweet niche where Les Paul, Gretsch, and Telecaster share the limelight.

Copious, unexpected tones. Cool, useful bass contour control. Very nice build quality. Excellent value.



Reverend Flatroc Bigsby


If you only pay casual attention to Reverend guitars, it’s easy to overlook how different their instruments can be. Some of that may be due to the way Reverends look. There are longstanding styling themes and strong family likenesses among models that can make differentiation a challenge for uninitiated guitar spotters. For instance, the Flatroc reviewed here has more or less the same body as the Charger, Buckshot, and Double Agent OG (which has an entirely different body than the more Jazzmaster-like Double Agent W). If you don’t have an experienced Reverend enthusiast at your side, it can all be a bit mind bending.

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Johnny Winter's Burning Blues by Corey Congilio

Learn to rip like one of the all-time masters of modern electric blues.

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