Well it was a long time coming. I had joined up with WB Gear during the summer and they set me up with the endorsement with Revv Amplification. I was very excited to work with the company after I learned more about them via YouTube. I knew Jeff Loomis started playing Revv amps and when I found out they were a Canadian amp maker just outside of Winnipeg, I was more than thrilled to work with them. I watched a series of YouTube videos and was pleased with the sounds I was hearing. Especially from the compact 40 watt Generator 7-40 head. Rave reviews on YouTube so I trusted in the YouTube personalities and their declarations. The Revv builder's passion for amp building is very enormous and I enjoy following them via social media. They are very much dedicated to bringing a very modern guitar tone and design to their guitar amps. They have been more involved lately in their distortion pedals, but the amps are really the big ticket to an overall enormous sound.
Unfortunately, it took awhile to get my amp as they are a very small operation and their amps are all handwired. They also started getting overwhelmed with amp orders and hired on another amp builder to join them in their facility. In which, thorough training was needed. I was a little frustrated but they had assured me that the wait would be worth it.
And they were very correct. It was worth the wait. The amp is extremely sensational! I was so excited that they made a rackmount version of the Generator 7-40 head, as I want to build a smaller travelling guitar rig. I still have to add a few items yet (effects), but the foundation of a great guitar tone starts with the amp.
The clean tone is very clear and pristine. Lots of headroom and better than I expected. I had tried another high gain 50 watt tube head recently and found the clean channel lacking headroom and figured unuseable for gigs compared to the distortion channel. I had actually started preparing for this expectation by learning to just back off the volume knob on my guitar to clean up my sound during play. So my expectation of the clean channel on this Revv Genarator 7-40 exceeded that expectation already. Clean channel with f'n balls! There is a crunch function to the clean channel that gives it some dirt but not really anything I would use personally... Well not yet anyways.
The distortion channel is stupendous! So much gain that is clear and very dynamic. The "Aggression" stages are so useful in crafting the right amount of "dirt" to one's distortion sound. I spent some time yesterday playing with the amp and I am getting close to crafting a gain tone that really is the tone I've been chasing for many years. No muddiness in this amp!
There are some crafty designs with the amp I still have to learn. It's midi controllable so I can add an effects unit that can switch channels as required, but that is a new territory for me. I'm so used to just using a few pedals via the effects loop on my old amp and just selecting the "loop" button on the footswitch to change to lead. I can also, via the 4 button footswitch program pre-sets, even within the same channel... So I can set up my rhythm sound and then can set a lead sound boosting the same sound, or even add more gain, more mids, etc... Still need to program that aspect of course.
The light up colours for the channels (Blue for clean, Green for crunch, and Red for Distortion) is a nice touch. It will definitely draw some attention when I start bringing my new set up to gigs. Part of the reason I bought the 212 cab was to have that matching emblem from the head. But also to support the brand even more, I have definitely become a ReVv Amplification lover.
The 212 speaker cabinet I am also pleasantly pleased with. The speakers I believed are modelled after classic V-30s but I think there more presence to them which really adds to the guitar tone. The cab is built like a tank so I think it will handle live situations very well.
So now I am getting ready to start doing some recording with this amp and know I will get a very unique, but glistening tone for the Raged demos. Also, it will be a clear live tone for Syryn that will not get me lost in the mix. ReVv will have me heard at all volumes! In a compact, yet powerful 40 watt tube head.