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REES SPUNKY VALVE MONKEY overdrive pedal
Guitar & Bass magazine June 2015

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Verdict

"This is an excellent UK-built stompbox that will add subtle overdrive to a clean amp or give a gentle kick to one that's already breaking up."

 

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Independent magazine reviews of Rees guitars and basses - see below
Rees Rapport - Guitar Buyer magazine January 2011
Rees Big-F-Light - Bass Guitar Magazine August 2010
Rees 5bass - Performing Musician June 2009
REES F2 CS & T3 CS - GUITAR BUYER April 2009
REES RAMBLER - GUITAR BUYER October 2008
Rees F7S Electric Guitar - Guitar & Bass June 2007
FOREVER CHANGES - GUITAR BUYER February 2007

Links to independent reviews of Rees guitars and basses
Rees Electric Guitars CKF Series: Great Woods, Hand Construction, And Natural Aesthetics Freezes Your Gaze And Ears In Amazement
Rees Electric Guitars T3: Mild Mannered Telecaster Tone By Day . . .
Rees debuts the T3 electric guitar
Rees SS3 Guitar Keeps Its Options Wide Open
Rees S3 Electric Guitar Allows For Tremendous Versatility

Rees F-Light Bass Fits In Overhead Compartments. . . Get It?
Rees Guitars Introduces Lightweight F-Light Bass Guitar
Rees 5bass: Rees's Pieces Are Top-Shelf

Links to press releases of Rees guitars and basses
Rees Electric Guitars Introduce New CKF Series

Rees JazzBox Guitar Offers Jazz Tones with Longer Sustain and Feedback Resistance
Rees F2 Chambered Guitar is Updated and More Affordable

Rees G90 Guitar Offers Both Humbucker and P90 Pickup Tones
Rees Introduces Rambler Travel Electric Guitar
Rees Electric Guitars Introduces SS3 Electric Guitar

Rees Electric Guitars Introduces The F7S Studio Guitar

Rees Introduces Lightweight F-Light Bass
Rees Introduces the 5bass Electric Bass Guitar


REES RAPPORT - Guitar Buyer magazine January 2011
GR

"Some gentle carving around its edges mean that this relatively
diminutive guitar is very comfortable to hold, whether sitting or standing and, despite its light weight, it still balances very nicely on a strap."

"the playability of this instrument is generally excellent"

"On first strum, this guitar reveals a sound with a defined top end and plenty of sustain,"

"The Rapport feels like an instrument that has been designed with the player in mind"

"the Rapport is a versatile and great sounding guitar that represents excellent value for money."

"GOLD STARS
Solid and dependable feel
Versatile set of tones
Great value for a UK-made instrument"

"BLACK MARKS
A slimmer heel would be a welcome enhancement"
(That is now available on later models)

"IDEAL FOR…
Those after a reliable and versatile guitar for stage or studio"

"GB RATING 4 star"


Rees Big-F-Light - Bass Guitar Magazine August 2010
GR

"Nick Wells examines the wares of Cambridge luthier Clive Rees, who's leading the lightweight revolution in bass guitar design."

"The Big-F-Light is capable of producing a wide range of nicely balanced bass tones. . . there is enough depth in the body to ensure a strong fundamental bass sound that's nicely balanced with a bright and articulate tone."

"and the intuitive pickup layout gives you four very workable sounds at the flick of a switch. Despite its small size, construction is reassuringly solid, meaning you can dig in at a gig just as you would any other bass."

Dave Mitchell-Jones of Bijoumiyo interview:
"The Rees bass is by far the best bass I've played. Since owning it all my others have gone into retirement (Fender Precision, Warwick S Corvette, Ibanez Ergodyne) to the point that I might sell them so I can buy another Rees bass!"

"Summary:
Plus: Comfortable lightweight body coupled with versatile tone sounds.
Minus: None
Overall: A lightweight and very playable bass."

"BGM Rating 4 star"


Rees 5bass - Performing Musician June 2009
GR

"a passive bass guitar with a surprisingly wide amount of tonal variation"
"The general feel of the Rees 5bass is of a a well-balanced playable instrument."
"the workmanship is excellent and the neck is a dream to play, well crafted and very attractive in its birds-eye maple."

"Starting with the bridge pickup in single coil mode, the tone is nice and rounded with plenty of overtones. Switching to dual produces a really honky, Alembic type sound. And in the humbucker position there seems to be a good mixture of the two: a well defined bottom end with a hefty upper-mid grunt. The neck unit is more of the same, but obviously more rounded and bassier, and one of my favorite sounds is with the humbucker selected and is very 'Music Man'. "


 

REES F2 CS & T3 CS - GUITAR BUYER April 2009
GR

"they feel comfortable and well-balanced whether playing sitting down or worn on a strap"

F2: "Unplugged the guitar has a loud acoustic voice with good sustain and plenty of the snap and definition"
"The sound is nice and full with plenty of bite in the top end"
F2 neck pickup: "particularly tasty"
F2 Bridge pickup: "will run the gamut of higher-gain sounds with ease, and like the neck pickup,the sound is big, bold and very immediate and up-front. We also find the coil-tapped sounds the F2 has to offer to be eminently useful and useable, certainly not the case with many a coil-tap-equiped guitar"

T2 sounds: "There's certainly plenty of muscle and grit here and the bridge pickup handles overdriven tones with aplomb. Switching to humbucker mode fattens up the sound considerably and rounds off a little of the pickup's treble brightness in a very pleasing way. The same goes for the neck pickup"

"GB VERDICT
GOLD STARS * Original looks and design * Great range of sounds
BLACK MARKS Some of the T3's out-of-phase sounds are not our cup of tea
GB RATING 4 star "


REES RAMBLER - GUITAR BUYER October 2008
GR

"Acoustically, the Rambler compares very well to a full-sized solidbody, with a decent amount of volume, good sustain and a sparkly top end that belies its diminutive size. The Fender-style 25.5-inch scale length no doubt helps add some snap and definition here, and the solid korina and sturdy bridge contribute to sustain.

Plug it in and the Rambler sounds as grown up as any larger instrument. The Seymour Duncan P90-style pickups provide a confident and clear voice that affirm the Rambler's status as a 'proper' guitar. The bridge pickup has a lovely clear and open sound, offering some bite without sounding too thin. The neck pickup is plumy and rounder in tone, but again with an openness and clarity to the sound that is great for jazzy moments. Combine the two pickups and you get a great funky, hollow-sounding tone.

The Rambler is not afraid of rocking out and, with a bit of gain added, classic rock riffs come pouring out with assured voice. Pile on the distortion and the Rambler can handle it comfortably, retaining plenty of punch and definition, while the full-sized neck provides plenty of widdling room."

"feels, as near as possible, like a full-sized instrument"
"this guitar is full of classy sounds, and the Rambler is an eminently giggable proposition."
"for a hand-built British instrument, the Rambler is very well priced"

"GB VERDICT
GOLD STARS * A 'proper' guitar in a smaller package * Great tones from a handmade axe
BLACK MARKS Case not included
GB RATING 4 star "


Rees F7S Electric Guitar - Guitar & Bass June 2007
GR

"The unplugged tone is excellent with magnificent sustain and clarity and a warm, full-bodied resonance. Even high single notes on the unwound strings have the thickness and body you's associate with a quality acoustic guitar. Better still, the amplified tone is just as good. This guitar really sings, and despite its 'studio' name, it can also really dish the dirt."

"the frets are very well dressed and polished."
"the F7S has considerable charm. It's one of the nicest-playing and best set-up guitars to have passed through Guitar & Bass in quite some time, and it sounds excellent."
"Rees has succeeded in creating something unique and special"

"FINAL SCORE
Playability 19/20
Sound 19/20"


FOREVER CHANGES - GUITAR BUYER February 2007

"IN A WORLD FULL OF ME-TOO GUITARS, IT'S GOOD TO SEE SOMEONE DOING SOMETHING A LITTLE DIFFERENT. . ."


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