Reeves Gabrels’ new Reverend signature guitar swaps humbuckers for P90s

Lending more of a "Special" vibe to the instrument.

Summer NAMM 2021: Reverend Guitars has launched a new electric guitar for The Cure’s Reeves Gabrels. The new Reeves Gabrels Dirtbike Royale takes after the Dirtbike platform, switching up its features and electronics to suit its new P90 pickups.

The Dirtbike Royale swaps out the single Railhammer humbucker in the original Dirtbike for a pair of Mojotone P90 pickups. In the bridge, there’s an aggressively-voiced Hot Quiet Coil P90, while the neck position has a Mojotone ’56 Quiet Coil Soapbar, voiced after a more vintage-style pickup. Both pickups are also hum-cancelling.

Hardware has also been switched up, the vibrato bridge of the original being replaced by a Wilkinson GTB wraparound bridge for a Les Paul Special vibe when combined with two P90s.

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The guitar also bears some signature Reverend construction points with a Korina body, Boneite nut, locking tuners, and a dual-action truss rod.

Electronics also include Reverend’s own bass contour control, which rolls off low end for a tighter distorted sound or a more sparkly clean sound.

The Dirtbike Royale is Gabrels’ fourth signature guitar with Reverend, following his standard signature model, the RG-Sus version of this guitar featuring a Sustaniac pickup and the standard Dirtbike from which this guitar continues.

Find out more at reverendguitars.com. Hear the guitar in action with Reverend’s video below.

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