Like New Reverend "Thundergun" Bass Guitar Rarely Played
This Reverend Thundergun bass guitar comes a Wine Red finish and frankly, looks as though it has never been played. The Thundergun is well known because it delivers classic looks in a modern, powerful package. When you look at any Reverend bass, you know you are going to get quality at an excellent price. This Reverend Thundergun is no exception. The style of this instrument is almost vintage, looks wise that is. When you look under the hood though, it reveals some great modern touches. A korina body and set in neck are touches that are unusual on an instrument at this price. Normally, a tonewood is reserved for boutique instruments. The five piece walnut and korina neck has a medium oval profile. The twelve inch radius has been bound.
Another feature of this Reverend Thundergun is the quality of hardware, exceptional on a bass at this price level and it is flawless. The pickups are top notch. The Think Brick in the bridge and Split Brick in the middle deliver a massive range of tones that can be panned between the two. There is a master volume and tone too. The Thundergun also comes with a heavy duty bridge. This particular model features a string through body, the style most bassist's prefer as it delivers the greatest resonance.
The thick post tuning machines deliver smoother, more stable tuning and this wine red finished bass guitar doesn't just look great, it performs well too.
This guitar comes with a solid case, a thick leather strap and all of the original paperwork.
Review: (Premier Guitar, 2011)
The Thundergun: Old-School Meets Modern Sound
This bass has a striking look that makes you want to go a little bit nuts by playing a little harder and driving the music a little more. It’s like getting behind the wheel of a muscle car and feeling the need to drive a little more aggressively. The Thundergun has a familiar and sturdy feel in the hand, yet weighs in lighter than expected at about 8 pounds. Its Vintage Clear glossy finish was applied very evenly, with nary a glitch on some of the more difficult finishing spots like the raised lip of the body’s center section.
The setup was carefully adjusted, and the control knobs and tuners felt solid, smooth, and consistent. One of my pet gripes about many basses is that the nut slots aren’t cut deeply enough at the factory. That wasn’t the case with the Thundergun. The wiring in the control cavity was tidier than most basses I see, with less excess wire and a tie keeping things in place. Shielding was accomplished via a good coat of conductive paint.
As I mentioned, Naylor created pickups for this bass with a specific sound in mind. The Split Brick neck pickup is essentially a P-style pickup in a humbucker case—with mighty big magnets. Sound-wise, this pickup’s voice is aimed toward the lows and mids. I thought it served decently when soloed, much like a P-style pickup should. The Thick Brick bridge pickup, in contrast, provides mainly mids and highs. I can’t imagine its somewhat nasally sound being very useful on its own, except for the muddiest of rooms.
Blending the bridge with the neck pickup created several useful sounds with both body and bite. This task was made easy with the black plastic Blend control, along with the master Tone and Volume controls. On most basses with two pickups, there would be two volumes and one tone instead. When the pickups were balanced evenly right at the detent, I noticed that the volume went down a little, but that’s normal for any two-pickup, parallel-wired bass.
I can see this bass working well when edge is needed rather than thump, as most of the sounds lean toward the modern, but a simple Tone knob adjustment imparted more warmth and thump when needed. Another thing to consider is the body edge shape, which is slab cut on the front side. If you’re the type of player who rests your wrist on the body top while playing, the sharper edge could create a pressure point on your wrist joint.