NAMM 2019: Reverend debuts Rick Vito and Greg Koch signature models, unveils Trickshot

Three stunning axes in radiant finishes.

The Rick Vito Signature Soulshaker in Ivory Pearloid
The Rick Vito Signature Soulshaker in Ivory Pearloid

Reverend has revealed three new electric guitars: signature models for Rick Vito and Greg Koch, as well as the newly minted Trickshot. Here’s a closer look:

Rick Vito Signature Soulshaker

The Rick Vito Signature Soulshaker in Ebony Pearloid
The Rick Vito Signature Soulshaker in Grey Pearloid

The Soulshaker is Rick Vito’s third signature model from Reverend. It’s tailored to his unique brand of slide blues with some key neck features. These include a single-action truss rod – that takes weight off the neck – and a smooth satin finish on the neck’s back.

Elsewhere, the guitar is loaded with two custom humbuckers that are emblazoned with Vito’s deco triangles. These stylish markers are matched with a black-and-white checkerboard binding, a pearloid top available in shades of ivory or grey, and an ebony fretboard. Rounding out the axe’s features is a reliable Bigsby trem system with a soft touch spring and roller bridge.

Lists at $1,919.

Greg Koch Signature Gristlemaster

The Greg Koch Signature Gristlemaster in Party Red
The Greg Koch Signature Gristlemaster in Wow Red

This guitar marries vintage inspiration with modern innovation. It features a T-style body – it’s larger than a Classic T, though – as well as a raised center ridge and a chamber under the pickguard. The latter two features contribute to increased sustain and better resonance respectively. It also features a compound radius roasted maple neck, that has been heat treated so it’ll require less seasonal adjustment.

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Elsewhere, the axe is loaded with a Fishman Fluence Signature Series Greg Koch Gristle-Tone pickup set. These active pups are rechargeable, touted as hum-free and offer two distinct Fluence voicings.

As for hardware appointments, the Gristlemaster sports a Wilkinson Classic 3-Saddle bridge with staggered brass saddles and a steel baseplate.

Available in Bluecifer, Pow Yellow, and Wow Red finishes. Lists at $1,919.

Reverend Trickshot

The Reverend Trickshot in Natural
The Reverend Trickshot in Natural

The Trickshot features a Charger body shape and Talnico single-coil pickups that are voiced for a sweet, early-50s twang. The neck pup is reverse wound to enhance hum-canceling properties when used with the bridge pickup.

A bass contour knob, which is nothing new on Reverend designs, is present to tighten low-ends or add a layer of versatility. Finally, the guitar also boasts a String-thru body bridge with stainless steel saddles that cater for extra sustain and bite.

Available in Natural, Metallic Alpine and Burnt Brick finishes. Lists at $1,079.

More information at reverendguitars.com.

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