The Definitive Guide to Reverend Guitar Pickups

November 29, 2018 11:28 AM

Pickups are one of the essential elements of guitar tone. Our pickups are designed by Joe Naylor specifically for Reverend Guitars. All Reverend pickups are based on vintage designs but upgraded for the 21st century. We start with Alnico V magnets to give us that vintage quality: tight low end, warm mids, and bright but smooth highs. Then the designs are tweaked so the bridge, middle, and neck versions work perfectly together.

The 9A5 is our version of the P90 pickup. The bridge position pickup is slightly hotter and thicker than a vintage P90, while the neck is somewhat cleaner. The middle position is RWRP (reverse wound/reverse polarity) for hum canceling when it's used with a neck or bridge pickup. These pickups can be found on the Jetstream 390, Double Agent W (neck), Double Agent OG (neck), Charger 290, Club King 290, Sensei 290, Airwave 12, Warhawk 390, Sensei Jr, Matt West Signature, Unknown Hinson Signature, Stu D. Baker Signature, Pete Anderson Signature PA-1, and Ron Asheton Signature.

Inspired by the vintage PAF humbucker, our HA5 pickups are warm with an open tone and excellent clarity. The bridge is wound a bit hotter than you would expect for more drive and punch. The neck is slightly underwound for relaxed midrange tones and open cleans. Featured on the Double Agent W (bridge), Double Agent OG (bridge), Charger HB, Jetstream HB, Sensei HB, Manta Ray HB, Volcano HB, Gil Parris Signature, and the Pete Anderson Signature PA-1 HB.

Both positions of this pickup are slightly hotter than a vintage F-tron, for extra punch and sustain that the originals lacked. These pickups are clean sounding, but have a midrange punch unlike any other pickup. You can find these on the Flatroc, Buckshot (neck), Club King RT, Tricky Gomez, Warhawk RT, and the Pete Anderson Signature PA-1 RT.

Our S style pickups that we use in the middle and neck positions only. They have a traditional tone, with a bit more warmth. The middle pickup is RWRP (reverse wound/reverse polarity) for hum canceling when paired with a neck or bridge pickup. These pickups are loaded into the Six Gun TL, Pete Anderson Signature Eastsider S, Pete Anderson Signature Eastsider Baritone, and Gil Parris Signature (middle).

If you're looking for early 50's T style tone, these fit the bill. The bridge pickup has a bright but thick twang that doesn't get harsh, and can be found on all the Pete Anderson Signature Eastsiders, and Six Gun TL. The neck pickup has more punch and clarity than traditional T pickups, and it's RWRP (reverse wound/reverse polarity) for hum canceling when used with a bridge pickup. Look for this pickup in the neck slot of the Pete Anderson Eastsider T.

Greasy T
For an even hotter and warmer sounding T style bridge pickup, check out the Greasy T. The tone is fat, but it still has bite and a percussive attack. The only Reverend pickup in the current lineup that uses a ceramic magnet, the Greasy T is only available in the Buckshot.

Rails under the wound strings and poles under the plain strings gives you tighter lows and fatter highs for perfect tonal balance. We use Railhammers in the Billy Corgan Signatures, Reeves Gabrels Signatures, Bob Balch Signature, Kyle Shutt Signature, Shade Balderose Signature, Tommy Koffin Signature, Todd Evans Signature, Airsonic, Kingbolt, Descent RA, Descent W, Sensei RA, Bayonet, and Volcano RA. For more information about Railhammer pickups, please visit

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