Reverend Guitars Updates the Flatroc

Reverend Guitars is re-releasing the Reverend Flatroc. This version has the upgraded Reverend Guitars Retroblast pickups and a Bigsby B50 equipped with Reverend Guitars' Soft Touch Spring. The Retroblast pickups are mini-humbuckers that hit the sweet spot between underpowered and harsh with the midrange punch, chimey highs, and string-to-string definition people want from mini-humbuckers. The Soft Touch Spring gives the Bigsby a "broken-in" feeling that adds to the utility of the Bigsby system. The Reverend Flatroc is available in Transparent White, Rock Orange, or Metallic Emerald.


Like all Reverend Guitars, this guitar has a Korina body. A Boneite nut and locking tuners, Reverend's Bass Contour Control, and a dual-action truss rod are all for maximum performance. You can't be different if you're playing what everyone else is. Visit www.reverendguitars.com to start your journey towards being an individual.

Can an entry-level modeler hang with the big dogs?

Excellent interface. Very portable. Nice modulation tones.

Some subpar low-gain dirt sounds. Could be a little more rugged.

$399

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