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Discussion in 'Guitar Owners Clubs' started by BritishBluesBoy, Jun 11, 2009.
That's very kind of you that you are saving those poor guitars. Good luck.
Duffy the reason why I wouldn't say that was mainly because 5 years ago, all I wanted was a Parker which I got (but couldn't afford Fly so I got P-42) and pretty much any other brand was leaving me cold. And also at that time I still lived in Europe and Peavey guitars were not the common ones (I've seen some amps though). So it's interesting how things turned around for me, now I play only Peavey
I like those, especially in black.
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Well I finally figured out how to post pictures. Here is pic of my 1992 Predator.
Peaveycaster Project Complete! Former 1994 Predator...
Some great deals were found on black hardware,
thus keeping the cost-much lower.
Mods before I bought it...
Fender Tort 3 ply pickguard.
Foam inserts in trem cavity.
5 trem springs, & decked bridge.
Rio Grande pickups...
-Half Breed (neck).
-Vintage Tallboys (middle+bridge).
Schaller M6 Mini tuners.
Black screws on pickguard & trem cover.
Fender Amer. Deluxe 3 ply black trem cover.
Dunlop 'Original' Straplok black strap buttons.
Switchcraft jack, cloth jack wires and black jack plate.
The fretboard appears lighter in the photo due to bright sunlight.
Nicely done Hiker! Glad everything worked out for you.
She's looking great Hiker.
Thanks, this is the first platform for any mods on my bench! The pickups work great for as a Strat alternative. It is noteworthy in that it awoke my appreciation for AlNico pickups, my first. So, almost immediately, I located a set from a Fender American Strat, and soldered them into my MIM Standard Strat, and the ceramics went in a drawer.
Some of you should give AlNico pups a chance, and don't look for the lowest price set on the web. Sometimes it's worth saving awhile, and going for better materials & workmanship.
I use predominantly Dimarzios and Rio Grandes in all my guitars. The only non Alnicos that I have in any of these axes around here is the set of Fender SCNs that I put in my dingy, dirty white 94 Predator and now that I remember it, the Fast track in the black Predator is ceramic. While I prefer Alnico, I am still planning on adding a Tone Zone in the middle and a Air Norton in the neck of the black one. Never had a strat style guitar with a full run of Dimarzio blades in it, might be interesting for variety's sake.
Exactly! That's why I'm getting SD's Alnico II Slash version.
A set of Pearly Gates are supposed to sound very good in a guitar like yours too.
Yes Duffy, I was considering a lot of options from Seymour's factory. Than I watched this video and that was pretty much decided: http://youtu.be/gIHnP5xtz5s
I also called them later and after describing what I'm looking for they recommended the APS.
I picked this 1990 Generation S-1 up at a local Pawn shop a month or so ago.
It was on the rack nasty with rusted strings green frets and dead on the electronics. Got it with the hard case for $150 and brought it back to life. This thing RIPS! Sustains for days and surprisingly I really like these Peavy actives.
Turned out battery was stone dead + the clip was pretty butchered so new battery and clip was all she needed. Frets show no wear neck is straight and she plays like a dream.
Need to get some clips up of her live as she is a keeper and has been sharing the stand and stage time with my 07 PRS Custom 24 for the last couple weeks playing out!
Wow... $150 with a hard case? You should try this for living. Congrats on a nice guitar.
Congratulations, Ascension! That's a major score!
My only Peavey guitar is also a Generation S1, but mine's transparent blue. I've posted about it several times, and I thought I had posted about it in this thread, but I just discovered that I haven't. Well, better late than never...
In the summer of 1993, I went into a north Houston pawn shop to check out guitars and gear. I certainly didn't need any; after making what I laughingly called my living by playing music for fifteen years, I had quit gigging a few months earlier.
On the wall was a Peavey Generation S1-- the first I had ever seen. Bright transparent blue over gorgeous tiger maple and mahogany... I asked to try it. The most convenient amp into which I could plug it was a Peavey KB300 keyboard amp, which featured a 15" and a horn. I started playing a slow finger style blues in E.
The other customers in the shop stopped what they were doing and listened.
The guy at the counter who'd handed me the guitar and cable stopped what he was doing and listened.
The manager and the three BATF agents with whom he was conferring stopped talking and listened.
It certainly wasn't my playing, which was not then and is not now anything special, that made people shut up and listen. The sound of that guitar was magic.
And I got the sinking feeling in my stomach which told me that, even though I didn't need it and couldn't really afford it, there was no way I was leaving that pawn shop without that guitar.
I rationalized it as a present to the me of the day from the me of the future who would have to pay for it. $300 on the plastic, out the door.
Back home, the Boss TU-12H revealed that the guitar was tuned D to D, with what proved to be .010-.046 strings. I tried tuning it up to standard. It sounded good, but the magic I (and everyone else) had heard in the pawn shop was gone; it was just another good electric guitar. I tuned it back down, and the magic returned. I've have kept it in this tuning ever since.
Last month I asked about Peavey's Riptide guitars (Tele style guitars with a twist). No one responded to my post, so I guess no one here has one or has tried one out.
Well, yesterday my December issue of Guitar Player magazine came in the mail, and contained an article (the cover story, actually) about budget electric guitars: "21 Solidbody Electrics Under $500." Of the 21 guitars tested by GP staffers, one was a Peavey Riptide, the Classic White version with maple fretboard.
GP Senior Editor Art Thompson did the write up/review on the Riptide. Here are his comments, transcribed from page 87 of that issue:
Underneath that brief review the specs were listed.
Nut width: 1.65"
Neck: Maple, bolt-n (5 bolts)
Fretboard: Maple, 25.5" scale
Tuners: Grover, die-cast, 16:1
Bridge: Tele-style [3 saddle]
Pickups: Custom wound single-coils
Controls: Volume, Tone (pulls to split coild [sic]); 3-way pickup selector
Factory strings: D'Addario, .010-.046
Weight: 7.5 lbs.
A couple of comments on the specs. First, the fretboard is maple on the "Classic White" version GP tested, but the Riptide is also available in black, blue and red, and each of these has a rosewood fretboard.
Second, did anyone notice that bit about "pulls to split coild"? That is a verbatim quote of the specs listed in the GP article. Aside from the obvious typo of "coild" for "coils," I'm guessing that the whole phrase is some kind of typo/editorial glitch. Nothing in Thompson's review indicated coil-splitting. Indeed, the specs indicate "Custom wound single-coils" (which I also verified on Peavey's website), so what's to split?
All in all, though, it was a helpful review, and I was glad to read something about this model beyond ad copy on Peavey's site.
Oh, yeah, here's a pic from the Peavey website of the Classic White Riptide that GP reviewed:
Interesting looking guitar. Don't they sell those at Walmart now?
Not trying to be a wiseguy, I actually think I saw one of those recently at Walmart.
I have to say I'm broken-hearted by what's happened to Peavey. They still make a *few* amps here in the USA, but no more guitars, and I've heard that most of the former factory buildings in Meridian are now just empty shells.
I don't mind Asian production provided that quality is good and basic worker safety standards are met... :arrow:
Great deal on a killer looking guitar! Most of my S1's have been in the $350 range. I paid $500 for a couple of minty ones, and the cheapest one I scored so far was $200. Let me know if you ever want to sell yours...
Wow. That Generation is killer.
Larry, since your post I've had occasion to try a couple of Riptides. I encountered a 1987 Backstage 50 in a music store a couple of weeks ago. Eyeing the available options, I thought a brand-new Classic White Riptide would be the perfect axe for testing the amp. Unfortunately, there was no signal present at the guitar's output jack. I grabbed another Riptide (this one in Lauderdale Red) and plugged it in. This one sounded, and sounded good-- as long as I didn't play more than one note at a time. The action was high, and the three saddle barrels formed a straight line, with none of them in the right place.
I liked what I saw, what I felt, and what I heard monotonically, but I fear that most music store Riptide trials are likely to be like mine unless the store spends some time setting up the guitars before hanging them on the walls.
The red Riptide did let me hear enough to pull the trigger on the amp.