Here's what Reverend say about the Gristlemaster:
Inspired by Greg’s extensive vintage collection, but jam-packed with modern innovation. Based on a classic T-style body, we made it a bit larger, added a raised center ridge, and placed a chamber under the pickguard, all for tons of sustain and resonance.
Of course, the guitar is equipped with the Fishman Greg Koch Signature Gristle-Tone pickups – hum-free, rechargeable active pickups with two distinct voicings. A roasted maple compound radius neck contributes to the playability, while the Wilkinson Classic 3-Saddle bridge with staggered brass saddles and steel baseplate keeps the tone vintage-inspired. This guitar sounds classic, but with tons of modern options at your fingertips.
Fishman Greg Koch Gristle-Tone Signature pickups are hum-free, boast extra clarity and treble shimmer, and a push button boost on the control plate kicks in the midrange gristle. Conveniently recharges with USB port at the input jack.
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.
Roasted Maple Neck
Roasted Maple is heat treated at over 300° F to remove sugars, moisture, and impurities. This maple is lighter, more stable, and has a beautiful caramel color. The result is an exceptional maple neck that will require less seasonal adjustment, and boasts a rich vintage look!
The strategically placed chamber underneath the pickguard reduces weight, and turns up the body resonance for a more lively and responsive tone.
We use "Boneite," a synthetic bone nut, that is more consistent than natural bone, on all Reverend instruments. It reduces friction, allowing the strings to slide through the nut slots smoothly, improving tuning stability.
Six-bolt Neck Plate
Two extra bolts increase mounting pressure of the neck by fifty percent. This makes a stronger neck connection, which improves sustain, tuning stability, and neck alignment.
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!
The genuine Wilkinson Staggered Brass Saddle bridge features uniquely shaped compensated brass saddles for perfect intonation and extra sustain, and a heavy duty steel bridge plate for serious twang.
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.
- Body: Korina Solidbody
- Pickups: Fishman Greg Koch Signature Gristle-Tone
- Bridge: Wilkinson Classic 3-Saddle Bridge
- Neck: Roasted Maple
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Neck profile: Medium Oval
- Fingerboard: Roasted Maple - 12" Radius
- Frets: 22 Jumbo
- Truss Rod: Dual Action - Headstock Access
- Tuners: Reverend Pin-Lock
- Nut: 43mm Width - Boneite
- Controls: Volume, Tone, Bass Contour, 3-way, Sustainiac Switching System