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The Telecaster is the ultimate workhorse guitar. It's been played by Roy Buchanan, Robben Ford, Mike Stern, Steve Cropper, James Burton, the late Ed Bickert, the late John Abercrombie(who had one built for him by Roger Sadowsky), Richie Kotzen, Pete Anderson, and too many other names to mention. 

The first proper Tele I owned was a 1989 Fender American Standard with a rosewood neck. I put a Seymour Duncan Quarter Pounder in the bridge, and a Duncan Alnico Pro 2 in the neck, and I ran it through a Marshall Silver Jubilee 25/50 2x12 combo.

I've owned others since then, which brings this blogpost to the Reverend Eastsider T, designed by Reverend Guitars, with Pete Anderson. It's interesting to me that they brought the venerable Tele to the modern era without compromising the traditional aesthetic.

It sounds like an older Tele, to a large degree, but it has a 'forwardness' and presence sound-wise and otherwise. As of 2018, all Reverend Guitars have a roasted maple neck, which is ultra stable. It also has jumbo frets, a 10-14" compound radius fretboard, pin lock tuners, stainless steel saddles, a Pure-Tone output jack, and custom made caps and pots.

The body is made of korina, sort of a cross between mahogany and alder, and it's chambered underneath the pick guard.The pickups are designed by Reverend, and once again, a really perfect marriage of a vintage sound, but more 'forward'. When both pickups are on, the tone control can be pushed up for an out of phase sound, great for rhythm playing.

The workmanship is first rate. I'd put this instrument up against anything, not only in its' price range, but against guitars costing 2-3 times more. It's really that good of a guitar.

A special thank you to Backstage Guitars(412/235/7765), and Ken Haas and the entire Reverend team for making a 'new' classic instrument.





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