Monday, August 29, 2016


REEVES GABRELS |Digging deeper 

 Reeves Gabrels: in action, with his signature Reverend's 'Spacehawk' guitar. 

Its so true, that if you learn to the basics of painting, you soon see, a masters work on a gallery wall differently and/or if you learn to play an instrument, you then hear & see a virtuoso in ways, you could never have imagined. Whether you study formally or informally, the further you go, the more you learn to appreciate, all the time, effort, skill, tools and passion, that an artist puts into their work. Before too long,  you find yourself in places, you'd never noticed, felt and/or experienced before.  


It was coming across some of Reeve's Reverends guitars via the internet, that caught my attention, especially how beautiful they looked & sounded. But somehow, getting to see and hear the Spacehawk, up close & in action, when photographing The Cure Sydney show, sparked an interest, in digging a deeper.

I soon discovered, there is quite a back story, to their development and journey to where they are now, not being surprised,  to find it was started, by a musician, who studied industrial design, who had delved into electronics, with a range of bespoke amps.

The guitars are designed from scratch (Where 1:1 designs are drawn and used in the manufacturing side of production), along with the incredible attention to detail, practical selection of components, custom designed pick ups,  the technicians setting up for use, interaction at trade shows, social media, videos. What really I like too, is the creation of signature model's like Reeves 'Spacehawk', where individual guitarist, have their design ideas, experience and style of playing, incorporated into the design its functionality, which is also influences, by the type of project the guitar is being used for. 

All the team, from CEO down, appear to be active musicians, in various bands/projects and I which  have no doubt, that this has an impact, on their individual and collective approach, to the production, media and marketing, of the Reverend guitars/basses. 


For anyone that hasn't, I definitely recommend, looking further, into what music you listen to, whether its the origin on an instrument, the back story of an artist, the history of and reflect, on your own journey in life.  Because,  I am sure it will renew and/or enhance, an appreciation for all you see, hear and feel.  

Whilst I don't pretend, to be an expert in musicology [aka music history], electronics, mechanics and/or industrial design, I do know, it is something I really enjoy, learning more, sharing and talking about.  There are also, so many books, videos, DVD's, on line sites, workshops, trade shows, friends, colleagues etc, available to absorb, something which I find, encouraging & inspiring, as well as a lot of fun! 


All photos © David Vagg | Photography

Back in the time when we were first exploring music [beyond the piano, which I may or may not, have used thumb tacks on some notes] especially in a band context, we at home had various cheap guitars, bass and keyboards. There was some attempts, at modifying the shape of bass body and much more successful repairs, on broken wiring, input jacks, as well as cables. Then there was a custom made keyboard stand too, which literally had to be screwed together, then bolted in stand, before each show! TBC 

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