52 Guitars, week 37—Reverend Manta Ray HB

I love a well designed double cutaway with a three-a-side headstock. It works incredibly well for the Gibson SG and it absolutely works well with the Reverend Manta Ray HB. What I love in particular with this model of Reverend guitar is that it appears symmetrical even though it isn’t as symmetrical as it could be. The headstock is angled at the end and the body has an f-hole on one side of the body. Still with all its other parts laid out, it works a treat.

My obvious favourite finish is the black, but the Tobacco Burst Flame Maple complete with Bigsby bridge is also an amazing looking guitar.

One unique feature with this guitar is the controls it has. There is the standard volume and tone control, but there’s also a bass-contour control. As is mentioned on the Reverend Guitars web page for this guitar

“This passive bass roll-off is great for tightening up the low end, or re-voicing the pickups. It can make a humbucker sound like a single-coil, or give a P-90 that classic twang. Variable pickup voicing at your fingertips!”

The fact that one of those controls sits inside the scratch-plate appeals to me as well. Apart from that, what has this guitar got going for it? Just this:

  • Custom Reverend pickups
  • Reverend pin-lock tuners
  • Dual-action truss rods
  • Graphite nut
  • Tune-o-matic bridge with stop tail
  • 3-way pickup switch.

Pretty impressive if you ask me. Actually, if you want to ask me, feel free to ask me using the comments feature below.

Disclaimer: I’ve not played this guitar. I have not experienced the sound or feel of this guitar. That doesn’t matter. It looks awesome, it’s obviously played by winners and I want one.

Reverend Manta Ray HB
Reverend Manta Ray HB

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