Reverend Roundhouse Review & Prices

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Reverend Roundhouse Review
  • From Reverend's 2021 Set-Neck series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Korina Body, Carved Maple Top body
  • Three-Piece Korina neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: HA5 Bridge (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: HA5 Neck (Humbucker/Passive)
  • TOM with Stop Tail bridge
  • 1 volume and 2 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Medium Oval Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Reverend Pin-Lock tuners
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  • From Reverend's 2021 Set-Neck series
  • Made in South Korea
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • Korina Body, Carved Maple Top body
  • Three-Piece Korina neck
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: HA5 Bridge (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: HA5 Neck (Humbucker/Passive)
  • TOM with Stop Tail bridge
  • 1 volume and 2 tone Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • Medium Oval Set neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Reverend Pin-Lock tuners
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Verdict: is The Reverend Roundhouse a Good Guitar?

Made in South Korea with great craftsmanship while keeping the price as low as possible. It's a guitar with decent playability. It has good pickups but might be lacking in terms of versatility. It favors playing solos more than chords. In general, it offers a good amount of features for the price. Overall, a good guitar for the price, especially if you like Hard Rock or similar genres.

Final Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 78
Sound 77
Build quality 67
Value for money 74
Overall Score 74
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Reverend Roundhouse
  • Locking Tuners
  • Expensive Wood
  • Boneite Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • Tremolo
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

Reverend Roundhouse Prices

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Is the Reverend Roundhouse a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $1150, which means that the Reverend Roundhouse costs around 13% more than the competition. It might be due to it having additional features, but know that you can find cheaper similar alternatives. This takes into account all guitars in our database with 6 strings and Fixed bridge that are made in South Korea.

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Is The Reverend Roundhouse Easy to Play?

The Reverend Roundhouse meets 7 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

Reverend Roundhouse
New Player Friendliness
  • Comfortable shape
  • Easy-to-use bridge
  • Locking tuners
  • Tall frets
  • Wide nut
  • Short scale
  • Comfortable neck
  • Comfortable fretboard

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Reverend Roundhouse's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Reverend Roundhouse's 24.75" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Reverend Roundhouse Scale Length Comparison
Reverend Roundhouse's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the scale length used in most Gibson guitars. If you like the playability of a Gibson, this guitar will feel pretty similar. It's a lot shorter than the typical Stratocaster (25.5'')

As you can see from the picture above, a shorter scale length also means shorter separation between frets. If you got really small hands, you probably will feel more comfortable playing this guitar than a Fender Stratocaster.

This scale length also allows for easier bends and vibratos because the strings will have lower tension due to the shorter scale.

Finally, another thing affected by scale length is tone. A shorter scale will give less room for the harmonics, thus resulting in a warmer, more 'bassy' tone.

Still, remember that you string gauge plays an important part in all of this. A lighter gauge will make it easier to perform bends, vibratos and will also give you a brighter tone.

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Neck Profile

Reverend Roundhouse Neck Profile
Reverend Roundhouse's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

The Reverend Roundhouse's neck thickness is approximately 0.85'' (21.6mm) at the first fret, and 0.9'' (22.9mm) at the twelfth.

These measurements were taken either from the official Reverend website, or, in case this information wasn't provided, by researching multiple online marketplaces and forums where owners of this model have posted their measurements.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

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Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Reverend Roundhouse has a fingerboard radius of 12". Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Reverend Roundhouse Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Reverend Roundhouse's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

This is the same radius that Gibson uses in most of their guitars. When compare to the other popular radius of Fender Stratocasters, you can see that it's a lot flatter. Guitars with this radius are usually made to bring a good balance between single-note and chord playing.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Reverend Roundhouse has the same radius across the board.

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Playability compared to main competitors

24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius

Nut Width

Reverend Roundhouse Nut Width
Reverend Roundhouse Nut Width

The Reverend Roundhouse has a nut width of 43mm (1.693''). This size is also known as 1 11/16'' and it's the most common size found in electric guitars. It offers a good balance of string separation at the nut. It's the size that most guitarists prefer as it gives them just enough space to play open chords without muting the strings, but without spreading the strings too wide and making bar chords difficult to perform.

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Frets

The Reverend Roundhouse has 22 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

Finally, these are nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you'll need to replace the frets after a few years.

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Fret Size

Reverend Roundhouse Fret Size Comparison
Reverend Roundhouse's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Reverend Roundhouse's frets are Jumbo size. This is a tall fret size that is becoming increasingly popular because it makes it easier to press down the strings cleanly. With this fret size, you won't feel the fretboard when playing, so if you press down too hard, you will get the notes out of pitch. However, this is something you can overcome by getting used to the taller size.

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Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 95
Chord Playability 60
Solo Playability 80
Playability 78

Does the Reverend Roundhouse Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, we'll take a look at the hardware used—mainly the pickups—to determine what kind of tone you can expect.

Pickups

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: Reverend. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a moderade level of hot output instead of the overwhelming output that distinguises active pickups in metal.

The Reverend Roundhouse's configuration is HH. With this pickup combination, you'll get warmer tones and more output than using single coils. Humbucker pickups cancel the noise that single-coil suffer from, which also results in a warmer tone. This pickup combination isn't only for high-gain music like Hard Rock or Heavy Metal. Their warmness is also popular for Jazz, Indie, R&B, Blues and more.

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22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
HA5 Bridge Bridge Pickup
HA5 Neck Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
HA5 Bridge Bridge Pickup
HA5 Neck Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Tremolo Bridge
HA5 Bridge Bridge Pickup
9A5 Neck Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Tremolo Bridge
HA5 Bridge Bridge Pickup
9A5 Neck Neck Pickup
22 Frets
Fixed Bridge
HA5 Bridge Bridge Pickup
HA5 Neck Neck Pickup

Versatility

It comes with the popular 3-way switch that is present in most guitars. For more versatility, guitarists tend to prefer a 5-way switch, although it all depends on what you want to use your guitar for.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more options for coil split or coil tapping. This makes it less versatile than some competitors.

Diagram

Reverend Roundhouse pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Reverend Roundhouse's switch options

What music genre is the Reverend Roundhouse good for?

As a 6 strings, Solid Body guitar with HH configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Hard Rock or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this kind of guitar.

Sound Score

Pickups 90
Sustain 85
Versatility 52
Tuning Stability 80
Sound 77

How well is the Reverend Roundhouse Built?

Where is the Reverend Roundhouse Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Reverend Roundhouse is made in South Korea. Guitars made here are well-built and tend to have good quality control, even though they focus on mass production. This used to be the most premium option just below Japan or the US, but other countries like Indonesia are becoming great competitors because of even cheaper labor without sacrificing quality.

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Quality of Wood Used in the Reverend Roundhouse

As an electric guitar, type of wood won't affect the tone and sustain much. Instead, the hardware will be much more important. However, wood is still important for the look and feel of the guitar in general.

These are the types of wood used in the Reverend Roundhouse:

Limba wood pattern used for guitar building
Limba Body
Limba wood pattern used for guitar building
Limba Neck
Rosewood wood pattern used for guitar building
Rosewood Fretboard

The body and neck are made of Limba. Available in either black or white, it's a type of wood with beautiful natural patterns decorated with long dark chocolate stripes. As a tonewood, it is comparable to Mahogany but with more mid-tones.

Finally, the fretboard material is Rosewood. Since the ban of Brazillian Rosewood, this has become a rare and expensive wood. It's not usually used for guitar bodies because of this, and also because it's heavy. Instead, it's used mainly for fretboards. Sometimes it's also used for necks because it's an extremely hard wood (even harder than maple). Its tonality tends to favor warm tones.

Bridge

The bridge is a TOM with Stop Tail. The advantage of fixed bridges is that they don't require any kind of set-up. This makes it extremely easy when changing strings because you don't need to adjust anything besides tuning the guitar. Also, the fact that the bridge is directly attached to the body will help to increase sustain. The disadvantage is the lack of versatility since you can't create the same vibrato effects as with tremolo bridges.

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Tuners

The Reverend Roundhouse comes with locking tuners, which helps with tuning stability and makes changing strings a lot faster and easier. As long as they're high quality, these are the best tuning machines you can have. The only disadvantage is that they are a bit heavier than normal tuners.

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Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Reverend Roundhouse has a Boneite nut. This is a synthetic bone material made to look, feel and sound like bone. It's more consistent than bone since it's human-made, so many people prefer this type of nut to guarantee a good nut.

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Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Set neck joint. This type of neck joint consists of using different pieces of wood for the neck and the body of the guitar. Both pieces are then glued together. This is more expensive to make than a bolt-on neck, but it's cheaper than a neck-through guitar. Some people believe that this gives more sustain than a bolt-on neck due to both pieces having a 'better connection' than with bolts. Still, it's something difficult to prove.

However, this type of neck joint does have the disadvantage of not allowing you to easily swap the neck for another. This makes this type of neck joint less mod-friendly.

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Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 66
Features 60
Quality Control 75
Build Quality 67

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Reverend Roundhouse Specs

General
Brand: Reverend
Year: 2021
Configuration: HH
Strings: 6
Made in: South Korea
Series: Set-Neck
Colors: Gold, Black, Blue, Green, Purple
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Korina Body, Carved Maple Top
Bridge: TOM with Stop Tail
Neck
Neck Joint: Set
Tuners: Reverend Pin-Lock
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck Material: Three-Piece Korina
Decoration: Pearloid Blocks
Scale Size: 24.75"
Shape: Medium Oval
Thickness: 1st Fret: 0.85'' (21.6mm) - 12th Fret: 0.9'' (22.9mm)
Frets: 22 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 12"
Nut: Boneite
Nut Width: 43mm (1.693'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Dome
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 2
Bridge Pickup: HA5 Bridge (Humbucker / Passive)
Neck Pickup: HA5 Neck (Humbucker / Passive)