Prototype for Meshell Ndegeocello Reverend Fellowship Bass guitar

Designed by
Ndegeocello, Meshell, German-American, born 1968
Used by
Ndegeocello, Meshell, German-American, born 1968
Manufactured by
Reverend Musical Instruments, American, founded 1996
Ace Products Group, American, founded 1983
Medium
Guitar (.1): korina (wood), chrome, rosewood, walnut, graphite, metal, and plastic;
Case (.2): polyvinyl chloride, polyester, and plastic
Dimensions
guitar (.1): 46 1/2 × 13 × 2 3/4 in. (118.1 × 33 × 7 cm)
case (.2): 49 × 17 11/16 × 4 1/2 in. (124.5 × 44.9 × 11.4 cm)
Type
electric guitars
musical instruments
Place made
South Korea, Asia
Date
2014
Description
This is the official prototype of the Meshell Ndegeocello Reverend Fellowship Bass guitar played by Meshell Ndegeocello in her 2014 tours of Japan and Europe.
Guitar (.1): The guitar has a satin black body with a unique shape, a chrome bridge, output jack, volume/tone knob, and tuners; satin black pickups; a black plastic scratchguard; a dark brown rosewood neck with inlayed faux mother-of-pearl; reverse headstock; metal frets; and metal strings with a blue coating in the headstock area. Although there are two guitar strap buttons on the top left edge of the guitar and the bottom edge below the bridge of the guitar, this guitar does not have a strap. Handwritten notation in silver marker on the back of the headstock that reads, ZSG #17380.
Case (.2): A black, PVC “leatherette” Kaces III Brand Gig Bag (model KLB20) used by Ndegeocello to store/transport the bass guitar. The case has a foam padded interior covered in black polyester, padded backpack straps, a quited grip handle with velco closure, and a large, diagonal accessory pocket with a hidden zipper.
Topic
African American
Funk (Music)
Jazz (Music)
Neo-Soul (Music)
Rock and roll (Music)
Soul (Music)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Meshell Ndegeocello
Object number
2015.8.1-.2
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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