Observe how the Atlanta-based rockers keep instruments in the family and take a pragmatic approach by hitting the road with everyman gear to morph between their brutal heavy riffs and beautiful, cinematic soundscapes.

And if you thought Robert’s board was untidy, check out the mileage (and filth) caked on Andy Hull’s minimal stomp station. (Talk about road-tested gear!) With no controls on his main Tele, dynamics are harnessed by way of the Ernie Ball Volume Pedal and the few noisemakers include a Boss BD-2 Blues Driver, EHX Holy Grail, and an Old Blood Noise Endeavors Procession. Like McDowell, everything is kept in line with the Boss TU-3 Chromatic Tuner while a Walrus Audio Aetos provides the juice.

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

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