A Smoking ThundergunIf you've ever longed to for a thud staff that combines the thunderous power of the classic bass sounds of yore with modern articulation and clarity, you might want to be under the gun--the Thundergun, that is! This beastly thud staff sounds as big as a banquet hall in Valhalla, but its voice also captures the nuances of your performance in hi-fi detail. And, it doesn't hurt that its offset body gives it an awesome retro-futuristic vibe!
Thor-Worthy TonewoodsSpeaking of the body, let's talk tonewoods. Like all Reverends, the Thundergun uses korina as its sonic building block. Korina shares many sound qualities with mahogany--warmth, punchiness, roundness, and evenness of response--but it has more harmonic content in the top end and is generally livelier all-around.
They pair this korina body with a five-piece neck made of korina and walnut, and this construction method gives it incredible stability, so you can rest assured that your setup will stay intact.
Pugnacious PickupsThe Thundergun has plenty of firepower thanks to its two gnarly pickups. The neck pickup is a Split Brick, and it sounds like a classic split-coil on steroids. As soon as my amp powered up, I felt compelled to play Sabbath, then to thump my way through a Motown tune, so it certainly evokes those classic tones. But, it has a bit more girth in the low-end, broader midrange response, and more chime in the trebles than an old-school split-coil. And, it also has a fantastically snappy, percussive attack. It's the sort of bass sound that's so solid you could build a house on it without sacrificing clarity or definition to do so.
Closer 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.
Best of all, you can blend the two pickups easily using the pickup pan knob. At the notch at twelve o'clock on the knob, both pickups are running full-bore. If you roll it all the way forward or backward, you get just the neck or bridge. At all points in between, you hear a blend of the two. This simple tool gives you an extraordinary amount of tone-shaping ability. However, it's awfully hard to leave that point of equilibrium at noon, because it sounds so divine. You get the warmth and midrange punch of the neck pickup AND the booming lows and brashness of the bridge. The two sounds blend seamlessly, and you get full frequency response across the board AND exceptional clarity and articulation.
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.
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, which improves 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 Thundergun 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.
Run and ThundergunWe're proud to showcase the Reverend Thundergun, a thud staff that marries new and old in an incredibly stylish package. Any purveyor of the low-end in need of a supremely reliable bass with muscular, articulate tone and head-turning looks should take a Thundergun for a spin. Once you do, we're sure its thunderous voice will summon earthquake-inducing low-end power!
|Finish Color||Medieval Red|
|Neck Wood||5-Piece Maple/Walnut|
|Neck Dimensions||.820 1st - .900 12th|
|Width at Nut||1.650"|
|Pickups||Thick Brick (Bridge), Split Brick (Neck)|
|Controls||Volume, Tone, Pickup Pan|
|Bridge||Lock Down String-Thru-Body or Top-Load, 3/4" spacing|
|Tuners||Hipshot Ultralight, 1/2" Diameter Shaft|
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