Here's what Reverend says about the Contender RB:
Meet the Contender: Reverend Guitars’ flat-top, single-cut set neck guitar. Classically retro, but the offset body and six-in-line headstock give the guitar a modern feel. A strategic chamber under the pickguard increases resonance and reduces weight.
The Contender RB includes Reverend’s all-new Retroblast pickups. The mini-humbuckers have percussive, yet smooth tone backed with plenty of energy for classic power chord crunch or Rockabilly blues rhythms. Add a Bigsby B50, and this guitar effortlessly combines vintage with cutting-edge -- a hallmark of Reverend’s original designs.
We design our own proprietary custom pickups, to achieve the best tonal match with our instruments. Reverend pickups are also specifically designed for each position, for balanced volume and tone when switching.
Korina (aka White Limba) is a medium-light weight wood, highly prized for consistency and tonal qualities. Often found in boutique and vintage instruments, all Reverends feature Korina bodies. A highly resonant wood, Korina is a key factor to producing our lively, responsive instruments that are rich in harmonics.
This passive bass roll-off is great for tightening up the low end, or re-voicing the pickups. It can make a humbucker sound like a single-coil, or give a P-90 that classic twang. Variable pickup voicing at your fingertips!
A thumbwheel under the tuner pushes a steel pin up through the post, locking the string in place for exceptional tuning stability and super-fast string changes.
DUal-Action Truss Rod
Our dual action rod adjusts in both directions, allowing back bow or forward bow. This assures correct adjustment range is possible regardless of string tension, extreme climate conditions, or the effects of long term aging. It’s also located at the headstock for easy access.
Treble Bleed Circuit
All Reverend guitars have a treble bleed circuit, preserving the treble when you roll back the volume control. When you roll back a standard volume control, the tone loses treble and becomes dull sounding. Now you can turn down and still sound great!
Bigsby With Soft Touch Spring & Roller Bridge
Our Bigsby tremolo system feels great and stays in tune all night long! We install a custom Soft Touch spring into all our Bigsbys for easy, smooth action. Our roller bridge works with our Pin-Lock tuners and Boneite nut to create a system that strings glide through every time.
- Body: Korina
- Pickups: Retro Blast Bridge, Retro Blast Neck
- Bridge: Bigsby B-50 with Roller Bridge
- Neck: Three-Piece Korina
- Scale: 24 3/4"
- Neck Profile: Medium Oval
- Fingerboard: Pau Ferro, 12" Radius
- Frets: 22, Medium Jumbo
- Truss Rod: Dual Action, Headstock Access
- Tuners: Reverend Pin-Lock
- Nut: 43mm Width, Boneite
- Controls: Volume, Tone, Bass Contour, 3-Way
- Strings: 10-46