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Reverend Guitars Unveils the Reeves Gabrels Dirtbike and Tommy Koffin Signature Models

The Dirtbike is a single-pickup guitar on our Sensei platform with a six-in-line headstock and a Wilkinson tremolo.

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Reverend Reeves Gabrels Signature Dirtbike

Toledo, OH (July 10, 2017) -- The newest guitar in the Reverend Reeves Gabrels series was inspired by a couple of bikes. A ’66 Schwinn and a ’71 Honda Stingray, both blue, and both full of possibilities. From Reeves, himself:

What I think is cool about this guitar is the fact that I have a whole ongoing story/reason/explanation of always having a no frills simple, fast and blue thing to zip around on that threads thru my whole life. This guitar is a continuation of that sense of freedom in the form of speed and power stripped down to its essentials. And Reverend Guitars matched the light metallic blue color of both of its two wheeled predecessors. To me a single pickup guitar with a trem is just like my 1966 Shwinn Stingray with the extension spring on the front wheel or my 1971 Honda dirtbike w/the raised front fender and slightly extended fork. It's a guitar with enough agility that it will let you grab air and do wheelies and the power to leave some rubber on the asphalt in front of the neighbor’s house. And, really, that's all you need. Did I mention it's blue?

The Reverend Reeves Gabrels Dirtbike is a single-pickup guitar on our Sensei platform with a six-in-line headstock and a Wilkinson tremolo. The pickup is a Railhammer Reeves Gabrels Signature Pickup that has a distinct tone that drives hard and cuts through the mix, even with heavy overdrive. There’s an uprout under the Wilkinson for that distinctive Gabrels trem technique. The Reverend Reeves Gabrels Dirtbike is available in Cream, Violin Brown, and, of course, Metallic Blue that matches the bikes that Reeves owned.

Reeves Gabrels is the guitarist for The Cure since 2012. He was previously best known as a founding member of Tin Machine and David Bowie collaborator from 1988 to 2000. He’s toured and/or recorded with many people, including Paul Rodgers, Public Enemy, The Rolling Stones, Ozzy Osborne, NIN, and many others. He currently splits his time between London and New York with his fiancé and cats.

After 2000+ shows, 12 years of living on the road and seeing the world, Reverend Guitars decided it was time that someone gave Tommy Koffin of The Koffin Kats, a Signature Model. The Reverend Tommy Koffin Signature is based on the Reverend Kingbolt platform, loaded with Railhammer Chisel pickups, and a Wilkinson Tremolo with an extra up-rout for all of the trem options.

To go along with Koffin Kats’ psychobilly vibe, the Reverend Tommy Koffin Signature is available in Red Sparkle or Silver Sparkle, with a reverse headstock and “Tommy Koffin *666*” signature on the back. The Koffin Kats are a legendary Detroit three-piece who have taken their brand of high-energy psychobilly and punk throughout the world for twelve years. Their latest album, “Party Time in the End Times” is available on any digital download service, and they are currently touring Europe (again).

On all Reverend Guitars, there is a Boneite nut and locking tuners, Reverend’s Bass Contour Control, and a dual-action truss rod – all for maximum performance. You can’t be different if you’re playing what everyone else is. Visit to start your journey towards being an individual.

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