Everybody Loves RaymondRay Romano is a beloved national treasure, but bassists everywhere are more in love with a different Ray: the Raymond bass from our friends at Reverend, that is! Designed to be the ultimate bass for all music requiring low-end growl, bite, clank, articulation, and snap, the Raymond is a true sonic titan. Funk fingerstylists, slap bass enthusiasts, and rock players will find much to love here, but the Raymond will excel in any context that places a premium on the bass sounding articulate and cutting. Let's dive deeper and see why 'ol Raymond is so lovable!
Tonewood TalkThe Raymond is a low-end machine, so let's start from the ground up and talk tonewoods. Like all other Reverends, it has a korina body. Korina is a lovely tonewood. It's warm, punchy, and round like mahogany, but it has a livelier top end and a bit more bite. Here, Reverend paired the body with a 5-piece maple/walnut neck, which is a glorious combination for two reasons: one, because five-piece necks are quite stable and aid sustain; two, because skunk stripes look awesome!
Dropping J-BombsThe next ingredient to the Raymond's sonic cocktail is the J-Bomb pickup closer to the neck. Reverend's J-Bombs are lovely low-end creations. They are focused and punchy, and they have plenty of heat, but they still have depth and fullness--especially when they are in more of a middle position like in the Raymond. So, the J-Blade sounds meaty yet sculpted!
Thick as a BrickCloser to the bridge, you'll find a Thick Brick humbucker, which has a bit of a brasher personality. Its low-end response is piano-like and full, its midrange is focused and biting, and the trebles have plenty of clank and snarl. In general, it has a bit more of a scooped sound, and it growls beautifully when you dig in. It presents a delightful contrast to the neck pickup, and it is supremely useful for cutting through a mix. Funk players will quickly fall in love with its snappiness and articulation, and rock cats will love it for its aggressive voice.
Even Better TogetherWhen you combine the two pickups by putting the pickup pan knob at the notch in the center, the results are glorious. You get the bite and snarl of the Thick brick plus the punchy, focused sound of the J-Bomb, resulting in a robust sound with enough power to push its way to the forefront of the mix without battling the kick drum in the low-end.
One Heck of a NeckInstead of a chunky vintage-style neck, the fine folks at Reverend chose to outfit this puppy with a modern medium oval neck profile with a comfortable 1.65" nut width and a 12" radius. Reverend's medium oval profile is big enough to feel substantial but thin enough to feel fast and easy-to-play. The moderate nut width helps the neck hug the contours of your palm, and the 12" radius allows you to use a lower setup and bend strings more easily. Finally, it has an amber satin finish, so you'll have buttery feel right out of the box.
Only the BestI hope it's apparent by now that Reverend is obsessed with using excellent components. Good wire and good wood get you most of the way to a great guitar, but the devil's in the details, and Reverend gets all the little stuff right.
For instance, they use a neck plate with six bolts instead of the usual four to improve energy transfer, resonance, and sustain. The Lock Down bridge is an ingenious design that sees each saddle locked to the bridge with an Allen bolt, which aids sustain and enhances articulation. Also, you can string it through the body for extra resonance or top-load it for slinkier handfeel.
On the electronic side of things, they use boutique-quality capacitors and pots with a +-10% rating, which means a more consistent experience for the player. And, when you're using those electronics live, the Reverend Decision is extremely dependable. Pin lock tuners and a boneite nut ensure exceptional tuning stability, and the rock-solid four-bolt jack plate makes you less susceptible to Murphy's Law.
A Ray that SlaysWidlwoodians, we are proud to present you with the Reverend Raymond, an imminently lovable bass that showcases Reverend's trademark bulletproof build quality and inspiring, versatile tone. We invite you to take one for a spin and feel its buttery handfeel and thunderous tone. Once you do, we're sure that you'll see why everybody loves Raymond.
|Finish Color||Venetian Gold|
|Neck Wood||5-Piece Maple/Walnut|
|Neck Dimensions||.840 1st - .920 12th|
|Width at Nut||1.650"|
|Pickups||Jazz Bomb (Middle), Thick Brick (Bridge)|
|Controls||Volume, Tone, Pickup Pan|
|Bridge||Lock Down String-Thru-Body or Top-Load, 3/4" spacing|
|Tuners||Hipshot Ultralight, 1/2" Diameter Shaft|
|Case||Reverend Guitars Do Not Come With Cases, But You Can Add One to Your Order By Checking the Box Right Above the "Add to Cart" Button|
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