Reverend Contender 290 Electric Guitar - Natural | Palen Music Electric Guitar $1,099.00 Reverend

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Reverend Contender 290 Electric Guitar - Natural

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Reverend Contender 290 Electric Guitar - Natural - Plek'd

Meet the Contender: Reverend Guitars’ flat-top, single-cut set neck guitar. Classically retro, but the offset body and six-in-line headstock give the guitar a modern feel. A strategic chamber under the pickguard increases resonance and reduces weight. The Contender 290 has a pair of 9A5 pickups for fat, raw, and bluesy tones with enough bite to cut through the mix. This guitar effortlessly combines vintage with cutting-edge — a hallmark of Reverend’s original designs.

Plek'd at Palen

Palen Music Center is proud to announce that this instrument has been Plek'd at no additional cost to you! This state-of-the-art machine uses cutting edge tech to analyze the instrument and provide our expert luthiers with the information and tools to provide the best setup imaginable. Please feel free to consult our knowledgable sales staff for further details on this amazing service.

Custom Pickups

We design our own proprietary custom pickups, to achieve the best tonal match with our instruments. Reverend pickups are also specifically designed for each position, for balanced volume and tone when switching.

Roasted Maple Neck

Roasted Maple is heat treated at over 300° F to remove sugars, moisture, and impurities. This maple is lighter, more stable, and has a beautiful caramel color. The result is an exceptional maple neck that will require less seasonal adjustment, and boasts a rich vintage look!

Korina Body

Korina (aka White Limba) is a medium-light weight wood, highly prized for consistency and tonal qualities. Often found in boutique and vintage instruments, all Reverends feature Korina bodies. A highly resonant wood, Korina is a key factor to producing our lively, responsive instruments that are rich in harmonics.

Pin-Lock Tuners

A thumbwheel under the tuner pushes a steel pin up through the post, locking the string in place for exceptional tuning stability and super-fast string changes.

Why Buy A Guitar From Palen Music Center?

Palen Music Center has a wide range of unique guitars to enhance the sound of your music! We have been trusted by musicians across the country since 1963 and are constantly working to provide the best value for our customers. With the addition of our new PLEK machine and our longtime veteran luthiers, we are pleased to provide top-quality guitar repair.


  • Plek'd at Palen
  • The offset korina body is lighter in weight and has excellent tone constancy
  • Strategic chamber beneath the pickguard to boost resonance while reducing weight
  • Custom 9A5 neck and bridge pickups deliver excellent volume and tone balance
  • When lowering volume, use the Bass Contour knob and the treble bleed circuit to preserve pickup voicing and bright tone
  • Boneite nut and pin-lock tuners improve tuning stability
  • Custom low-profile dome knobs allow for greater control
  • The easily accessible dual-action truss rod allows for simple bow adjustment
  • Custom laser-engraved and strengthened jack plate to reduce body tear
  • Standard 10% poly caps and control pots for high-end consistency
  • The upgraded Pure Tone jack provides improved overall grip and a more consistent signal


  • BODYKorina Solidbody
  • PICKUPS9A5 Bridge, 9A5 Neck
  • BRIDGETOM with Stop Tail
  • NECKThree-Piece Korina
  • SCALE24 3/4"
  • NECK PROFILEMedium Oval
  • FINGERBOARDRosewood - 12" Radius
  • FRETS22 - 0.110"W x 0.050"H
  • TRUSS RODDual Action - Headstock Access
  • TUNERSReverend Pin-Lock
  • NUT43mm Width - Boneite
  • CONTROLSVolume, Tone, Bass Contour, 3-way
  • STRINGS10-46
  • CASETwo-Toned Teardrop (Sold Separately)

The instrument pictured is the exact instrument you’ll receive. All fretted instruments receive a free complimentary professional setup.

Please feel free to reach out to our knowledgeable sales staff with any additional questions!