Recently came into a Contender RB in Outfield Ivy with the new Retroblast pickups, which have replaced the former Retrotron pickups. Both are modeled on the filtertron. It's a solid body, set neck guitar with the Gibson scale length and a Bigsby B-5. Like all their guitars, the body is made of Korina. Couldn't be happier. I had a Reverend Tricky Gomez (with Retrotrons) and then moved it along because I already had a couple of Gretsches... and then regretted it from the moment it left the house. This Contender sounds great-- the RB's are at least as good as the RT (if a little less filtertonish on the low strings but with all the clarity, jangle and kraaang on the high end). The company says that the RB's are meant to have a tighter low end, and they do for sure. To my ear, they definitely live in the same neighborhood as Filtertons-- a little hotter but of the same family. Kind of like how siblings resemble each other But it is the design and playability that gets me with this guitar (and the Tricky, too). It plays better than most of my other guitars-- and its not especially close. Reverend is the first new maker that I've really bonded with... Its kind of like I'm proud to own one again and support a company that is so creative while, at the same time, bringing forward the best of the past. Definitely worth checking out.