Reverb celebrates International Women’s Day with performance using gear built by women

Teenaged alt-indie band Neptune’s Core performed their song Drowning at Reverb HQ to honour the women of the gear-making world.

Rosencrantz Honfleur guitar

Image: Reverb on YouTube

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To celebrate International Women’s Day 2023, Reverb hosted band Neptune’s Core at their headquarters to play through a collection of gear made entirely by women.

As women instrument builders make up less than 2 percent of gear brands, Reverb launched the “Unmanned Mission”, where  it set up a range of exciting gear designed by women which the band used for a performance of their mighty track, Drowning.

Featured in the video is:

  • Rosenkrantz Honfleur guitar – A semi-hollow guitar from Atelier Rosenkrantz, which features eggshells inlaid with a Urushi lacquer and gold leaf. It was designed with natural and upcycled materials, and is equipped with an active Fishman Fluence pickup.
  • Custom T-style guitar – From Cindy Guitars, crafted using recycled, reclaimed wood from New York City buildings, this guitar features custom Dark Moon pickups and was crafted especially for this project.
  • Teeny Tulip bass – From TunaTone Instruments, a brand that centres the experience of players who are underrepresented in the industry at its core, this handmade, short scale bass is made with poplar Indian rosewood and a flame maple neck.
  • Wooly Coats Spanky MKII+ amplifier – Built by 3rd Power Amplification, this amp is described as “packed with warm, ‘60s tube amp power”, and has a gain/boost toggle switch.
  • Glacier Hyper Modulator pedal – From Frantone Electronics, this ring modulator is “packed with tonal range and sonic surprises”.
  • Electra Drive pedal – Built by Loe Sounds, this is a small but mighty one-knob distortion, fuzz and boost made with vintage and recycled parts.
  • Sensation Fuzz Drive pedal – Created by Heather Brown Electronicals, this pedal provides the best of both fuzz and overdrive.
  • Zero FX Boost pedal – Built by Rabbit Hole FX, this is a single-knob boost which can tackle complex sounds.
  • Rush Pepbox pedal – From Lucy Rush, this is a reissue of the Rush family’s famed original circuit. Each of these pedals are handmade.
  • Analogue Phaser pedal – Another from Rabbit Hole FX, this pedal provides a range of wavering tones, and is aesthetically groovy too.

Watch the full performance below and learn more about the makers for the guitars, drums, pedals, straps and microphones featured:

Additionally, Reverb is running a giveaway for a Frantone Glacier ring modulator, and those interested can head over to Reverb’s Unmanned Mission page to enter (closes 30 March).


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