While we’re on the subject of Flying Vs, Reverend’s low-cost (read: South Korean built) Volcano has apparently taken the Gold Award For Overall Value in Guitar World Magazine’s upcoming October ’07 edition.
And if you’re surprised to see an instrument built on the Korean Peninsula taking honors for quality & value then you definitely haven’t been paying attention… folks like Reverend and ESP have been coaxing high-quality/easy-on-the-pocketbook guitars out of South Korea for years now. Heck, the Korean-built ESP EC-400 Archtop is one of my most prized six-strings.
The Reverend Volcano combines vintage Flying V vibe with a few modern conveniences––the guitar’s body is built of solid resonant mahogany featuring a unique raised mid-section design, giving the instrument a heavier center mass and presumably increasing the Volcano’s sustain and clarity.
The guitar also boasts a single-piece mahogany neck (set design, traditional 24 3/4″ scale length,) rosewood fretboard with 22 medium jumbo frets (12″ radius,) tilted headstock, dual-action adjustable truss rod, graphite nut, Wilkinson EZ-Lock tuners, TOM bridge w/stopbar tailpiece, and is available with an optional Les Trem tremolo unit.
Electronics include a pair of Reverend humbuckers calibrated for output & tone, single volume & tone controls, a Bass Contour control for dialing back that low-end “thump,” and 3-way pickup switching.
The Volcano is listing for just $699. You can download the full review, in PDF format, from Reverend’s website.