Reverend Sensei RA FM
A Sensei's SwaggerWildwoodians, we are proud to present you with a revered teacher with a little extra swagger: the Reverend Sensei RA FM. The "FM" stands for flamed maple, and the "RA" stands for radical. Thanks to a few tweaks to Reverend's typical tone formula, the Sensei RA FM has an inspiring voice unlike anything else in Reverend's lineup. Let's take a closer look and examine the source of the Sensei's swagger.
Feel the FlamesLike most Reverends, the Sensei RA FM uses that old standby, korina, as its sonic cornerstone. Korina has midrange punch, warmth, and woodiness reminiscent of mahogany, but it has a sunnier overall timbre and it produces more overtones. However, Reverend shook things up and added a flamed maple top to the Sensei RA FM, which adds a whole new dimension to the sound. It gives this guitar a bit more percussive articulation on the attack, more clarity, and a bit of extra glassy chime. Finally, Reverend used an ebony fretboard, which further enhances this guitar's snappiness. Even unamplified, it's obvious that this Reverend has different DNA than its brothers.
Chisel AwayThat gorgeous flamed maple top is home to two Railhammer Chisels, which are marvels of engineering. Essentially, they are hot humbuckers with rail polepieces under the low three strings and round polepieces under the three treble strings. This unique design gives the player a number of advantages. The rail polepieces tighten up the notes on the low strings to avoid muddiness, while the round polepieces make high notes sound fatter and bigger. Overall, this means that the Sensei RA FM maintains immaculate balance and clarity even in high-gain situations.
As far as frequency response goes, the Chisels are voiced perfectly for any sort of music that places an emphasis on loudness, attitude, and distortion. The bridge pickup packs a walloping punch in the midrange, and it has tight lows underneath searing trebles. It's an ideal sound for rhythm work in just about every garden variety of rock, but it also works wonderfully as a cutting lead sound. The neck pickup is more muscular than gristly, so even though it sounds huge, it remains sculpted and clear. For girthy leads, it works beautifully, but it also has enough clarity to excel as a thick riff-creating machine. You can also use Reverend's famed bass contour knob to tighten up the sound of either pickup and get a brighter voicing reminiscent of an overfed P-90.
Power to the PlayerReverend has kitted out the Sensei RA FM with a metric ton of appointments that enhance the player's experience and while making the instrument supremely reliable. The medium oval neck profile is home to 22 medium-jumbo frets and a fingerboard with a 12" radius, a configuration well-suited to most techniques and playing styles (and, it's especially good for bending strings). Also, it has pin-lock tuners and a Boneite nut to ensure excellent tuning stability, and it comes equipped with boutique-quality pots and caps and a Pure Tone jack for consistent sound. Finally, an angled six-bolt neck plate increases stability and resonance while allowing easy access to the upper frets.
I'll Have to Sensei I Love You In A SongWe're proud to showcase the Reverend Sensei RA FM, a guitar with an aggressive, articulate voice unlike any other in Reverend's lineup. Its stunning looks and sweet tone are sure to inspire you to reach new heights in your fretboard explorations, and we are sure it will help you make all sorts of fun noises!
|Model||Sensei RA FM|
|Finish Color||Trans Black|
|Top Wood||Flamed Maple|
|Neck Wood||Three-piece Korina|
|Neck Shape||Medium Oval|
|Neck Dimensions||.820 1st - .920 12th|
|Scale Length||24 3/4"|
|Frets||22 Medium Jumbo|
|Pickups||2 Railhammer Chisel|
|Controls||Volume & Tone, Bass Contour, 3-Way|
|Tuners||Reverend Pin-Lock Tuners|
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