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Anybody got a Peavey Patriot?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by jericho60, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. e-merlin

    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 13, 2004
    Garden City, KS
    I have a pair of T-15s as well. 23" scale. One thing about it, you can play some things on it you can't play on a longer scale guitar due to the short reach...

    I love the Super Ferrites in 'em. In fact, after I get my P-90 Tele done, I'm going to do a Super Ferrite Tele. Super Ferrites are the best of the P-90 and Tele pickups combined. I've got three extra Super Ferrites so I'll probably do a two pickup Tele and an "Esquire."

  2. his dudeness

    his dudeness Tele-Meister

    Dec 24, 2008
    Houston, Texas
    saw a clean T15 in a pawn shop the other day but they are asking 150, which would even be kinda high with the speaker case in my opinion. oh well. one thing anyone who has played an american peavey can agree on is the necks are amazing. too bad i'm a moron and butchered a scallop job on my MIA predator.

  3. jericho60

    jericho60 formerly ye olde fretmonkey

    Mar 19, 2003
    Gnashville area
    Those Super Ferrite pups have a real loud HONK to em.

  4. e-merlin

    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 13, 2004
    Garden City, KS
    Fretmonkey, you never said whether you bought that Patriot or not. I wish I hadn't passed on the one that GC in Sioux Falls had last year for $99.

  5. Blazer

    Blazer Doctor of Teleocity

    Dec 2, 2003
    The Netherlands
    The "Yoko" the second of my two main guitars during my teens (The other was my Red Squier "The veteran"), as you can tell I changed a LOT on this guitar. But it started life as a Sunburst Peavey T-15

    Flaking lacquer, a DIY plastic golden and cracked pickguard, a Gotoh Wrap-around and a replacement neck, this guitar survived a lot of abuse from my punk-rock days.

    I had stored it in the attic of my parent's house for a couple of years and retrieved it to restore it but with a neck so badly bowed and a broken trussrod it seems unlikely that I'll be able to restore it to playable condition. But I can still play slide on it the way it is now.

    As for the graphic, it comes from this European comic.

  6. e-merlin

    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 13, 2004
    Garden City, KS
    That's too cool, Blazer! I love your DIY stuff!

  7. lee2112

    lee2112 TDPRI Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    Hickory, NC
    Well ... I've been looking and I've found a few. Below is something I've posted on the Peavey and T-60 forums trying to get some help making a decision. If I'd only chosen an Epi or a Squier ... I'd only be worry about price and finish among 40-50 guitars. I'd appreciate your thoughts.

    I did find a very nice T-15 with case .... $599. Ugh ... no thanks.


    After combing the local pawn shops I've come across a number that I think fit the bill but was hoping you folks might share your opinions. I've come across a bunch of Raptors, and a few Predators but the following are what I'm really interested in.

    Patriot with 2 Super Ferrite pickups. No case. Fairly worn frets on the first few but otherwise very nice shape. Does not have the "P" knobs. $200 best they will do.

    Another place I've not tried getting a lower price:
    Patriot with 2 Super Ferrite pickups. No case. Mahogany stained body. Does not have the "P" knobs but has Epi type clear knobs. $199
    T-60 with toaster type pickups (not Super Ferrite). Black covering on pickups torn/damaged in a few spots. Missing one of the "P" knobs. Somewhat worn first few frets. Otherwise looks nice. Natural oak??? finish. $199

    Also have an offer on a white Patriot with original case. I'll see if they will come down to the $200 range. (He won't come off the $250)

    I appreciate any feedback. I lean toward the T-60 just because that seems to be the more desired item. Not knowing how to judge fret wear also makes this hard.

    Thanks folks

  8. e-merlin

    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 13, 2004
    Garden City, KS
    Wow! Those are pricey. If you're dead set on one of those, you should get the one in the best shape. If you dig the T-60, Chip Todd (the T in the T-series guitars) still has a shop in Austin as far as I know. Not sure what he charges for a refret, though.

  9. lee2112

    lee2112 TDPRI Member

    Dec 23, 2008
    Hickory, NC
    Thanks e-merlin. I've got to go back and take a look at it again and see if it's worth making an offer on. I really don't want something that requires a refret job right away. Someone else mentioned that refretting could double the investment.

  10. Seminole90

    Seminole90 Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 18, 2004
    Las Vegas, NV
    This little thread is a lot like the little Patriot isn't keeps popping up. I missed this thread at the time I got my Patriot. I have one I got off of e-bay early last year. I threw a bid on at the literal last minute and got the guitar at $67 after shipping and it is a gem. I wish I could date it somehow but it does have the super ferrite p'ups. I can't say it will push my Highway 1 out of the fave spot on my list but it is a lot of fun to play. Anyway, I found that the Patriots were made in the US from '83 to '86. But I have yet to determine how to date individual guitars and was thinking of contacting Peavey. I think they are great deals on guitars and overlooked.

    Warm regards,


    Here is some of the dating info for individual guitars from Wikipedia:

    Serial numbers correlate to shipping dates of US models only. 1978 to 1995. Imports designated by EX, EXP, or BXP are not serialized by year. For more recent US serial numbers, please contact Peavey Customer Service.

    8Mxxxxxx ............................................1978
    0000xxxx t/m 0030xxxx ........................1978
    0031xxxx t/m 0047xxxx ........................1979
    0048xxxx t/m 0065xxxx ........................1980
    0066xxxx t/m 0099xxxx ........................1981
    0100xxxx t/m 0129xxxx ........................1982
    0130xxxx t/m 0169xxxx ........................1983
    0170xxxx t/m 0199xxxx ........................1984
    0200xxxx t/m 0239xxxx ........................1985
    0240xxxx t/m 0259xxxx ........................1986
    0260xxxx t/m 0339xxxx ........................1987
    0340xxxx t/m 0359xxxx ........................1988
    0360xxxx t/m 0419xxxx ........................1989
    0420xxxx t/m 0439xxxx ........................1990
    0440xxxx t/m 0519xxxx ........................1991
    0520xxxx t/m 0599xxxx ........................1992
    0600xxxx t/m 0639xxxx ........................1993
    0640xxxx t/m 0769xxxx ........................1994
    0770xxxx >>.........................................1995

  11. e-merlin

    e-merlin Doctor of Teleocity

    Jan 13, 2004
    Garden City, KS
    There is no date code in Peavey's serial numbers. They use a batch for each run of product.

    You can go on the Peavey Guitar Forum and post your serial number. AJ will be glad to give you the info.

    You can access the board through Peavey's main website, , then go to support, then forums. You'll have to register to post.

  12. Higgs F. Boson

    Higgs F. Boson Tele-Holic

    Jan 23, 2008
    Birmingham, Alabama
    I'd pay $99 for the later 1-HB model in a New York minute. One of my buddies in jr high had a seafoam green one that was WAY cooler than my spiky Yamaha RGX-112.


  13. frankenstein909

    frankenstein909 NEW MEMBER!

    Oct 8, 2009
    NNY, USA
    Hi, I have a T-60 that I haven't touched for years. I didn't know what a good guitar it was till I started reading reviews. I didn't use it enuf to realize that there is some peculiar circuitry with the tone switch, which makes the twin coils (humbuckers?), behave like single coils, when the tone knob is backed off a bit. If you are still in the market, I'd opt for the T-60. If only a couple of frets are worn, it should be a fairly inexpensive job, which might not even be needed after all!
    I paid $125.00 for the T60, with a nice Traynor practice amp, back in 1987.
    A month or so ago, I came across a Peavey Patriot, at a rummage sale, which had been going on for about 4 hours before I got there. It was closed in its case, which at 1st I thought contained a hunting bow. When I saw what it was, I asked the price....$15.00. Didn't have to think any further there! I still can't believe that no one had grabbed it! It had been sitting in his basement for 7rl years, and the strings were actually rusty! The frets were a bit rusty/corroded too. There was a large bumper sticker-like thing pasted on the backside. I restrung it, after carefully cleaning the frets, sprayed the pots, and patiently cleaned off the pasted on crap on the back (mineral spirits based hand cleaner removes gluey stuff).
    I plugged it into a new practice amp, after having tried the amp out with my MIK squire strat, and was amazed at how HOT the Super Ferrite PUs are!
    This guitar is a blond strat style body, with a maple neck. Very nice little body, with a 23 fret neck. I kinda hate to part with it, but will be putting it up on Craigslist, or ebay to make some $$ fast.
    All things being equal, I think the T-60 would be the better buy - with the Patriot being a great 2nd choice.
    Regards, John

  14. chrisw1964

    chrisw1964 TDPRI Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Clinton, NC
    Just kind of stumbled across this thread, but the Patriot is a pretty awesome little guitar...very Tele-sounding, in my opinion. I love the super-ferrites and the plays great and has some pretty diverse sounds, for something that was considered a "student model" or entry level guitar. I've come across several T-15's at pawnshops and whatnot, always thought they might be kind of cool, BUT they seem to clock in around 300 - 350 dollars. I also have a Squire tele and a MIM stratocaster, but the Patriot has definitely become my favorite...

  15. tpaul

    tpaul Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 18, 2003
    I was looking at Patriots for a while. I decided to hold out for the one with the single coil AND humbucker super ferrites... I think it was called the "super patriot" or something like that... someday I'll stumble onto one in a pawn shop or flea market and bring it home.

  16. chrisw1964

    chrisw1964 TDPRI Member

    Jan 12, 2009
    Clinton, NC
    Funny you should mention that. I think it's called the Patriot Plus(?) I'd never seen one till a couple of months ago, on the "dreaded online auction site". I think it ended up selling for 200something. It was a pretty sweet guitar...darn near unplayed condition. I didn't realize what it was till I started looking at the pics closer, saw a close up of the name on the headstock, then noticed the bridge pickup had two blades instead of one. I was like, "man, now that's different!" I'm not really in the market at the moment, but I'd jump on one, just for the heck of it. I guess they're pretty scarce...maybe the holy grail of the Patriot collection...kind of like a bigfoot sighting :)

  17. MaskedRider

    MaskedRider Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 31, 2005
    I bought Peavey Patriot today at my friends shop today.I think it is a really nice guitar.


  18. bob the nailer

    bob the nailer NEW MEMBER!

    Aug 6, 2010
    hmmm...thread still alive after almost 3 years!
    Bought mine new back around 89/90 for ...I think 300 bucks or so. still have it and play it everyday. Easiest, smoothest playing guitar I have picked up so far. I have a OLP Axis and a Gibson Explorer that dont even come close.
    Stays in tune no matter how hard I abuse it thanks to the stock graphite nut, and the single humbucker delivers all kinds of tone. One of the best investments I have ever made. If you can find one these in decent shape....grab it. oh...the whole 23 fret thing is kinda unique too.

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  19. siggie30

    siggie30 TDPRI Member

    Jul 31, 2010
    My son (12) had been eyeing me play for about a year, and after finding a $100 bill at a local casino hotel, we decided to: either turn the money in to the casino and see if anyone makes a claim, or go around Tampa and look through the pawn shops for a respectable beginner guitar. After playing several squires, and other low budget guitars, we were getting pretty discuraged in our search. We said we would try one more place, and either make a decision or put the money away til we get back from our vacation. I noted a Peavey Patriot with 4 strings, one of which was strung from 3 slot bridge to 4th tuner. Very shiny and almost zero neck wear. I assume it had been there for a long time. We purchased it on faith of play (electronic wise), and the remarkeable shape. Listed for 150 bought for 100 plus tax. Schaller humbucker, which I assume is original. Plays great, and will get a tone option eventually. I find the 24.75 scale to be easy to bend comparatively, and very light body.

    On a side note, I was envious of our find, but I think he will always keep it. Thank goodness he appreciates something other than a gamepad. It has turned our relationship into something kindof cool.

  20. DoyleLuna

    DoyleLuna TDPRI Member

    Aug 4, 2010
    New Mexico
    I have owned 3 patriots. I replaced a superferrite model I gave to a friend. I bought another for less than $100.

    My second was bought for 100 also.. It was a single humbucker trem model but I blocked the trem, replaced the hb with a lollar P-90 and added a tone knob. I put graph tech saddles and this guitar kills.

    100 dollar usa made backup. The graphtech saddles made a huge improvement in tone from the cheap pot metal saddles it had. Cheap saddles are a drawback of the Patriot model

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