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Electric Guitars / Re: New Guitar Day - Kevster Deluxe
« on: February 05, 2017, 07:57:27 PM »
That's beautiful!

Saw this one too...

Guitar Talk In General / Re: New guitar and amp day
« on: June 26, 2016, 09:58:19 AM »
Aria Pro II was my first guitar!  Congrats

Acoustic Guitars / Re: Going old school high end... (To me)
« on: December 14, 2015, 02:26:54 PM »
No, that's my daughters Chevy Cruz.

I love the acoustic.  I have it put away for now but once the Christmas tree is down, I can put it back n the living room so I can play it whenever.

Electric Guitars / Re: Bought myself a Gibson 335 style copy guitar
« on: December 14, 2015, 02:23:47 PM »
Nice, congrats!

Electric Guitars / Re: Rosewood necks?
« on: August 25, 2015, 07:24:07 PM »
Nice, same profile I'm going for.

Electric Guitars / Re: Rosewood necks?
« on: August 25, 2015, 12:42:52 PM »
I have a Warmoth Rosewood neck on my strat and it's great.

I thought you did... What profile did you get?

Electric Guitars / Re: GAS never sleeps...
« on: August 25, 2015, 12:42:05 PM »
In the past five years, I've gone through nearly 50 guitars... I think I have a problem...  :o

Electric Guitars / Re: BYOG DAY!
« on: August 25, 2015, 11:11:47 AM »
All these months later, I still love rocking out with this guitar.  I actually replaced the GFS P90 (seemed way too bright) with a Seymour Duncan Mini-Humbucker 3.  This has effectively replaced my Gibson Les Paul....

I also replaced the pots with full size CTS pots too.  I'm strongly considering have a min installed in the neck too... But that will require a professional luthier.  My thought is it may also compromise the neck joing...

Electric Guitars / Re: GAS never sleeps...
« on: August 25, 2015, 11:05:58 AM »
Sold this in favor for another USA Stratocaster... But immediatelyl regretted it... :(

Electric Guitars / Rosewood necks?
« on: August 25, 2015, 11:04:55 AM »
My quest for the perfect strat has yet to end.... In the past six weeks, I've gone through a couple Strats...

Fender Classic Players 50's Strat
Fender Classic Series 60's Strat Lacquer
Fender USA Standard FSR.

Settled on the FSR as it had a unique 3TSB in a "Mystic" metallic finish with aluminum pickguard and rear control plate.  Also has a V neck profile with a rosewood board (first ever for a non-Custom Shop Fender) and compound radius.  (Also a first for a non-Deluxe USA model).

But after a month of playing my Reverend and my LP Jr., I am still in love with fatter necks.  I found a Warmoth Rosewood neck I can replace the American Standard for basically no cost if I sell the American neck...

Electric Guitars / Re: NGD - Squier Tele Custom II
« on: August 25, 2015, 10:59:40 AM »
I had one of those.  I regrettable took out the P90 and replaced them with GFS Mini-Filtrons (which sounded great).  Mine was extremely beat up so I refinished it.... One of the best guitars on the market you can gig with that's cheap!

There is a nice chunk of wood hiding under that thick coat of poly. 

Thanks Robert.  I've pulled in several of your solo tidbits in my playing over the years. 

The guitar wasn't mine, but here is a better picture of it...

For the past 8 years, people who own Heritage guitars and belong to the Heritage Owners Club visits the old Gibson Factory in Kalamazoo where every iconic Gibson ever produced came through those doors. 

This year, I was the host.  About 50 people came out, including the owners of the company that have been building guitars in that building since the 1950's.

After a factory tour, we meet up somewhere locally and jam throughout the night. 

I was the last performance of the night.   Thankfully, my singing wasn't captured on film, but my final solo was.  Hope you enjoy it!


The guitar is a Heritage H-155 Millinium or "Millie" as we call them.  I was playing through some sort ZenDrive Clone into a Fender Princeton Reverb Clone.

Electric Guitars / Re: Fender Classic Players 50's Stratocaster
« on: July 27, 2015, 02:18:38 PM »
I bought a Classic Series 60's instead... I didn't like the pickups nor the frets.... So I sent it back...

Electric Guitars / GAS never sleeps...
« on: July 27, 2015, 02:17:44 PM »
Guitar Acquistion Sydrome that is...

Returned the Classic Players Stratocaster for a good reason...

A few years ago, I met up with the kind folks at Reverend Guitars in Livonia, Michigan (I worked right down the street).

I was introduced to Ken Haas and the people behind the magic curtain. 

To begin, Reverend Guitars was founded by Joe Naylor (some might remember Naylor Amplification?) in the mid to late 90's.  Up until 2007, his guitars were made in Eastpointe (formeraly East Detroit) Michigan who's body materials were unlike anything out there.  Sort of like a resin type mold injected system mixed with wood.  The tops and back were usually made out of some sort of crazy finish in Aluminum. 

By 2007, he saw the need to move production to South Korea.  The body and neck shapes remained the same, but the materials were switched to Korina for the bodies.  He introduced solid bodies both in bolt-on 25.5" scale and set-neck 24.75" scale along with semi-hollow and hollow body designs. 

The quality of those instruments is just as good if not better than some of the mass produced American guitars.

With that being said, I've been stopping by a local shop for months now comparing this guitar to various used Fender Stratocasters.  I must say, the tone, fit and finish, and neck felt much better than any of the Stratocasters.

Allow me to introduce, the Reverend Six-Gun III

BODY korina solidbody.
NECK PROFILE medium oval.
NUT 1-11/16" (43mm) width, graphite.
PICKUPS Salnico Bridge - Salnico Middle/Neck
FINGERBOARD rosewood or maple, 12" radius.
CONTROLS volume, tone, bass contour, 5-way.
BRIDGE Wilkinson WVS50 IIK tremolo.
FRETS 22 medium jumbo.
STRINGS 10-46.
NECK maple, satin amber finish.
TRUSS ROD dual action, headstock access.
CASE S-Case (available separately).
SCALE 25-1/2".
TUNERS Reverend pin-lock.

The last Stratocaster I compared this to was a Fender Jimmy Vaughan Signature Stratocaster.  This guitar smoked it!

If you ever happen to run across a Reverend, you really should try it.. Its looks catch your eye, its sound keeps you going.

Too bad Robert didn't have his original Reverend.  The USA models have double in price in the past ten years...

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