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Reverend Charger 290: A 21st-Century Telecaster With A Twist

It may be a twin-pickup solidbody with a bolt-on neck, but the P90s and Gibson-style bridge take the 290 somewhere new – and then there’s the contour control…

Thursday, 25. October 2012  -  by  Fabrizio Barale

Reverend have already proved themselves to be masters of mixing up the old recipes to create something new and tasty, and they reckon this Fender-inspired solidbody has all the tones you need for rock, blues and country. The Charger 290, you see, is not as simple as it looks. The body shape, maple neck and long control plate suggest a Tele, but the body is korina (as used for the original Gibson Flying V and Explorer) and the pickups are P90s – hotter than normal at the bridge, cooler than normal at the neck. And then there’s the ‘contour’ control, which offers a whole new dimension of tone-shaping.


  • BODY:korina solidbody. Black back and sides with cream binding. 16-1/2" x 13" x 1-3/4"
  • PICKUPS: two Reverend P90's, output/tone calibrated for each position. Hum cancelling when combined
  • NECK:     bolt-on, maple, amber tinted satin finish
  • SCALE: 25-1/2"
  • FINGERBOARD: maple 12" radius
  • FRETS: 22 medium jumbo
  • NECK PROFILE: medium oval
  • NUT: 1-21/32" (42 mm) width, graphite
  • TUNERS: Reverend Pin-Lock Tuners
  • CONTROLS: custom volume & tone, Bass Contour, 3-way pickup selector


Reverend Charger 290, Orange AC30



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