A Review of the Revival Acoustics RG-33 Acoustic Guitar

by | Dec, 2019 | Acoustic Guitar, Blog, Guitar Under 200$

Somewhere between the sound of a dreadnought and an OM stands this unique instrument! The Revival Acoustics RG-33 is perhaps a step in a different direction for what they consider an acoustic guitar to be.

It has a unique body shape, not being as long (in the upper bout) or as lean as a traditional OOO body style guitar. The RG-33 is built with an all-solid Sitka spruce top, but here is where it gets interesting the back and sides are made from solid walnut. Which along with the nontraditional body shape really gives this guitar it’s unique sound!

The thickness/depth of the walnut sides on this guitar. It really helps provide a more low-end response that is well balanced and not muddy by any means! The solid walnut back and sides produce clarity of tone that (to my ears) has a bell-like clarity to it and also has a nice woody flavor to it.

Take note that the sides of this guitar do protrude out more like a dreadnought sized acoustic guitar (so that the sound will too). But also keep in mind that this could be a factor if your accustomed to sitting down and cradling a traditionally built OOO style acoustic guitar (with it’s thinner sides)!

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  • Terrified Sitka Spruce soundboard and Terrified Sitka Spruce bracing
  • Ebony Fingerboard and Bridge
  • Fishman gt-2 electronics
  • Period details such as the narrow “Crown” headstock, 1939 vintage Sunburst, ivoried Binding and rosette, Fingerboard inlay, and period Faux-Tortoise Pickguard

This is a really versatile guitar, which can be used for a wide variety of styles whether you want to sit or stand. Play fingerstyle tunes or flat pick on it. The RG-33 will take whatever you throw at it and reproduce something pleasing to your ears!

A very nice singer-songwriter guitar, the RG-33 has a mahogany neck has a nice thin smooth satin finish. And a grained I viroid bound rosewood fingerboard with shell dot position markers and a unique thin block inlay at the 12th fret.

The bridge is larger than what Revival uses on their OM models. It’s the size used on Revival’s dreadnought size guitars, but it’s made from ebony, not rosewood.

This guitar has a high gloss finish and is fully bound with grained ivory binding top, back and sides. Which to me always provides a really nice contrast between the darker selected solid woods!

The headstock features a nice thick rosewood overlay (not a thin laminate) upon which the Revival name is inscribed in abalone inlay. The guitar also comes with the larger Grover Romantic tuners (which I prefer) where Revival’s OM models have the mini Grover Romantic tuners.

This guitar can provide any player with plenty of volume and punch. It has a really nice open sound and a unique clarity of tone all its own. The Sitka spruce top is adorned with an abalone rosette (as are most of the Revivals all solid wood instruments). And along with the walnut back and sides, it produces a sound that is difficult to describe.

However, I would have to place it in between rosewood and mahogany (in the tone department) because it shares similar traits of both these different tonewoods.

Walnut is somewhat uncommonly used on guitars and for the back and sides of mandolins, prized for its clarity of tone. It is a beautiful looking wood that is also appreciated selected for fine furniture making (tabletops, desks, etc.).

If you’re looking to break some of the barriers of a traditionally built OOO size guitar. The Revival RG-33 offers you the chance to change your flavor and re-shape your sound and perhaps broaden your musical horizons as well.Once again with this unique model, Revival Acoustics has given us a lot of guitars which produces great sound for the money!

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Source by Greg C Taylor