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The Great Contender

As soon as you plug one of these guitars in, there's no coulda, woulda, or shoulda about it: you ARE a contender in the contest for most monstrous tone! The Reverend Contender HB is a brand new design that marries Reverend's iconic retro-futurist style with the classic single-cut body shape, and it is a lean, mean rock and roll machine!

The first reason that the Contender is in the hunt for the title is great defe--I mean, its resonant korina body. Korina sounds similar to the mahogany used to build the classic single-cuts of yore, but with a couple of key differences. Like mahogany, it sounds warm, punchy, and round, but it has more harmonic content in the high-end and is generally a bit livelier.

Korina is a wonderful partner in crime for Reverend's Alnico 5 humbuckers. They're warm and rich-sounding, but they still have excellent clarity and articulation. They have the woody midrange of a vintage-style pickup, but they have a bit more low-end depth and high-end sparkle. If you roll off Reverend's world-renowned bass contour knob, their character changes completely. They still sound robust, but they become tighter, brighter, and snappier. In other words, you can access both of the archetypal humbucker sounds with a flick of your wrist!

Power to the Player

Reverend has kitted out the Contender HB 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.

Contender for the Six-String Crown

The Contender HB is a workhorse humbucker-equipped pugilist that can excel in a wide variety of genres. Its versatile voice, supreme playability, and incredible reliability are to inspire you to embark upon all sorts of musical adventures and make tons of joyous racket!


ModelContender HB
Finish ColorMidnight Black
Weight7.26 lbs.
Body WoodKorina
Neck WoodThree-Piece Korina
Neck ShapeMedium Oval
Neck Dimensions.840 1st - .960 12th
Fretboard MaterialPau Ferro
Fingerboard Radius12"
Frets22 Medium Jumbo
Scale Length24 3/4"
Width at Nut1 11/16"
Nut MaterialBoneite
Pickups2 Reverend Alnico 5 Humbuckers
ControlsVolume, Tone, Bass Contour
BridgeTOM with Stopbar
TunersReverend Pin-Lock
CaseReverend Cases Are Sold Separately But You Can Add One to Your Order By Checking the Box Right Above the "Add to Cart" Button

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