Reverend Guitars has just announced the new Reeves Gabrels Signature RG-SUS and yes, it has a built-in sustainer. This will be attractive for players that want to get creative with their guitar’s voicing, like adding synth-like sustain and wailing sustaining notes that go on forever (or until their battery runs out).
Reeves Gabrels Signature RG-SUS
First up, my apologies. One: I love Reeves Gabrels. And two: I also love sustainers. So this post could get a bit gushy. The new Reeves Gabrels Signature RG-SUS comes factory-loaded with the Sustainiac system, providing a different way of playing it compared with standard guitars.
Reeves has played with David Bowie (Tin Machine onwards), where he came up with some amazing guitar sounds. Nowadays he plays with the Cure, where he makes some fantastic noises that go beyond your ordinary guitar riff. So I can see this guitar being very useful for him both live and in the studio.
This guitar has “modes” that affect how you play: There’s Fundamental mode, giving you seemingly endless sustain. Harmonic mode alters the sustaining note into a higher harmonic. Lastly, Mix mode combines the two. All three modes are accessed via a simple pair of mini toggle switches.
The RG-SUS has a Reeves Gabrels Signature humbucker pickup in the bridge position and when not in use as a sustainer, the Sustainiac works as a standard neck humbucker. You can access either or both pickups via a standard three-way switch.
There’s also the standard Volume, Tone and Bass Contour knobs, which are common to nearly all the Reverend Guitar models. Looking past the tone controls and options, the guitar has korina body and a roasted maple neck with a 12″ radius Blackwood Tek fingerboard. The tuning should be solid as it also uses pin-lock tuners and a Wilkinson trem bridge. It comes in just the one finish, a very cool looking Metallic Silver Freeze finish.
Yes, I want one…
RRP – USD 1919