Reverend Guitars has a new Reeves Gabrels Dirtbike Royale model out. This is the fourth version in the lineup for the guitarist, and comes loaded with Mojotone P90 pickups. And, it comes in a luscious Royale Red finish!
Reverend Guitars Reeves Gabrels Dirtbike Royale
Reeves Gabrels is an amazing guitar player all-round, who currently plays in The Cure. Though I will always remember him fondly for his stints with David Bowie and Tin Machine, which is where I first heard him play. His latest signature model from Reverend Guitars is almost the total antithesis of his popular RG-SUS sustainer version and offers a more traditional playing experience.
Mojotone P90 pickups
The guitar features a pair of hum-cancelling passive Mojotone P-90 Quiet Coil pickups. These pickups are a bit of a departure for him, as his previous Dirtbike Royale had a pair of Railhammer humbuckers instead. In the bridge position, you get the more aggressively-voiced Hot Quiet Coil P90, whilst the neck position has a Mojotone ’56 Quiet Coil Soapbar, a more vintage-style voiced pickup. Plus, you have the Reverend passive bass roll-off for either tightening up the low-end or, you can use it to re-voice the pickups, for some added twang. There’s also a handy treble bleed circuit on the volume knob.
Construction of this model is based around Reverend’s tried and tested Korina body, with a bolt-on 24.75″ scale-length neck, and an ebony fretboard. There are also some subtle, but well-worth-having, upgrades. These include a Boneite nut, a Puretone jack plug, 10% poly capacitors and a dual-action truss rod.
The hardware consists of a Wilkinson GTB wraparound bridge which, again, is another departure from Reeves’ previous incarnation of the Dirtbike Royale, which had a tremolo system. You also have a set of pin locking tuners, ensuring solid tuning on this guitar.
Overall, I think this is one sweet guitar. I’m looking forward to hearing what players think of this hardtail P-90 loaded edition.
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