Conventional thought would deem the designs of Fender and Gibson to be the standard bearers of guitars and basses. There are, however, builders that buck the norms with adventurous shapes while creating looks that hint at yesteryear. By applying function and form to their Jetsons-esque style, Reverend is among those companies, and their approach is exemplified in the recently released Triad bass.
Fans of Reverend basses will recognize the 34"-scale Triad’s body shape, which arguably takes stylistic influences from 1950s cars and sci-fi movies. Our test instrument’s korina body was sprayed in a funky purple burst and framed with white binding, but the Triad is also available in burnt brick or metallic alpine finishes as well.
The Triad’s 5-piece roasted maple and walnut neck has a satin amber finish that conveys a look and feel similar to older basses. The 6-bolt neck is capped with a fretboard made of pau ferro, which is an underrated fretboard wood, but its warmth and snappy attack make it a great choice for bass guitars. Extra points go to the use of pearloid inlays, which adds some vintage style.
The electronics reveal the source of the Triad’s name. Three proprietary Jazz Bomb pickups are manipulated by a 5-position switch, which rests above the pair of volume and tone knobs. Reverend didn’t skimp on hardware, and secondary features include Hipshot Ultralite tuners, a Boneite synthetic-bone nut, a Pure Tone jack, and a lock-down bridge.