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Peavey Reactor or Nashville Deluxe

Discussion in 'Telecaster Discussion Forum' started by Bettyfender, Oct 1, 2018.

  1. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    I don’t know... That reactor seems priced high considering the Predator sells all day long for $150. I know the one your looking at. It’s on CL out in Langley or somewhere thereabouts. I think you’re going to have to play both and make up your mind from there. It’s isn’t fair but the Fender name tends to hold value where other well built instruments with less brand dominance fall by the wayside.
     

  2. Bettyfender

    Bettyfender TDPRI Member

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    I know what you mean I was looking at it more like it's a $280 set of pickup canadian before shipping from the usa and a $70 dollar guitar to put them in lol. But then I need another few bucks to have them installed as the fralins are still in the box and while its apart 4 way switch and all new pots and wiring really not much peavey left more rocking partscaster but at the end of the day gon run close to the same money. That is the same guitar o craigslist langley.

    On the other hand I know and trust the guy with the nashville and it would be a nice guitar the way it is for now.
     

  3. Michael A.

    Michael A. Tele-Holic Silver Supporter

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    The only part of the Reactor that is made in the USA is the neck. A former Peavey employee talks about assembling the necks to the imported bodies, fresh from their cardboard boxes marked ROC/Taiwan. Look for the posts by "no name Jonny". I have a 94 Reactor and I believe him. Peavey clearly knew they weren't quite kosher by marking them "Crafted in the USA", which doesn't necessarily mean made in USA.

    https://peavey.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=24&t=30157
     

  4. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    That’s a good way to look at the Peavey. $70 guitar and the rest is the value of the pickups. It’s a hard decision if your thinking strictly about a playing guitar. I think for me it would come down to trying each one out and deciding which feels and sound so the best.
     

  5. Bettyfender

    Bettyfender TDPRI Member

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    I think so too
     

  6. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    If that's not your answer right there, we have different priorities.

    Yes, the Twang King is a better pickup.

    But the Tex Mex Tele pickups sound fine to my ears. Much improved over standard ceramic MIM pickups.

    $455 used is a fair price. Not a bargain, but fair. Then again, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush.

    I like the older Nashvilles. Many of my friends who play them do too, even people who normally prefer American Fenders.

    The question is really, "should I buy a perfectly good Fender Telecaster that I can go get locally or should I gamble buying a used budget guitar online that might be OK, but that I will probably need to spend money upgrading?"

    As much as I love my Peaveys, that Reactor will never be in the same league as the Fender Deluxe Nashville.

    You can put lipstick on a pig, but that doesn't mean you want to kiss it!

    Good luck!
     
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  7. 2 Headed Goat

    2 Headed Goat Tele-Holic

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    I'd say definitely play them both and then decide. FWIW, Peavey Reactors generally have very nice neck profiles. Best of Luck!
     
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  8. Evil Funk

    Evil Funk TDPRI Member

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    I'd never even consider the Peavey as an option, and i have owned several of them. They are okay guitars designed for those who want to save a few bucks.

    Or... you could buy a guitar that has earned its legendary status.

    If "saving a few dollars" is a high priority in selecting an instrument that will make you happy, then playing guitar may not be a good choice of hobbies.

    Because it can get pretty costly.

    what's that old saying? "The cheap man pays twice."
     
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  9. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Hey @Bettyfender, let us know what you decide to do and post some photos of your new acquisition. I played Gibson type guitars for ages and then got a Telecaster type guitar and it opened a whole new world of guitar tones.
     

  10. Bettyfender

    Bettyfender TDPRI Member

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    Thanks for all the advice! Lots of wise words. I will post some pictures once I make a decision. I'm pretty sure it will be the Nashville
     
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  11. Poorman512

    Poorman512 TDPRI Member

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    Reactor owner here. I think they are good guitars when modded (tuners and electronics). I've never had a mexican tele, but my reactor is easily in the same class as the Mexican strats I have had. That said I would probably go with the fender. Peavey resale value is shaky but the fender will always hold value.
     
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  12. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    You know, the more I look at it and ignore Fender branding, the more I consider the Peavey. I mean really, it’s a plank guitar and what makes or breaks it is neck, electronics and setup. My noname partscaster sweeps the floor with many store bought guitars and that’s because it’s a simple but well appointed guitar.

    I’ve looked at the ad on Craig’s List to see what all the fuss is about. It’s a completely stock Peavey Reactor that looks like it’s in pretty good condition. The control plate has been reversed so the switch is below the bridge but aside from that the owner claims it’s all stock. It comes with a set of unused frailin pickups, brand new in a box. If I didn’t have my T-type partscaster, it would be the way I would go. I’d replace the tuners, pop in the pickups, level/crown the frets and off I would go. At $350 Canadian, it’s about 2/3 of the price of what I’ve got into my partscaster.

    Don’t get me wrong, I like seeing the spaghetti Fender logos on my Strats. They sure are pretty but I never think twice about my Telecaster that is completely unbranded, especially once it’s plugged in and sounding oh, so good. Faced with this choice, it would come down to sitting with each guitar and my impression of the weight and feel and how it appealed to me visually.

    Full disclosure: I very nearly bought a hot rodded Reactor that had been routed with a Strat tremolo and a bunch of other upgrades about 4 years ago. It was a beast and I kind of wish I had picked it up.
     
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  13. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    Check the two neck profiles.

    I find the Deluxe Nashville to be one of the thinnest necks I can say I really like. Not to say it is thin, but that any thinner and I'm not happy.

    I'm not a fan of the neck profile on at least any Reactor I have played.
     
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  14. Brian J.

    Brian J. Tele-Holic

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    those old reactors ain't nothing to snooze on, they play and for the short money they are a lot of guitar
     
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  15. Lacking Talent

    Lacking Talent Tele-Holic

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    The OP may find this video interesting...

     
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  16. RoCkstAr256

    RoCkstAr256 Tele-Holic

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    Sorry to say but thay Peavey is cut like crap, looks weirdly retarded. Go For Fender
     
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  17. nicod98

    nicod98 Tele-Holic

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    I stopped the movie as soon as I heard the Peavey. I wouldn't buy it. But we all have our own taste.
     

  18. awasson

    awasson Friend of Leo's Gold Supporter

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    Hey @Bettyfender, I forgot to mention earlier. Regardless of which one you choose, if you need any setup or wiring work, check out Nicole Alosiniac Luthier in Vancouver. Nicole does great work and she’s honest to a fault. I can’t say enough good things about her.
     

  19. schmee

    schmee Friend of Leo's

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    The Peavey will be impossible to resell. The NV will be in demand. Other than that , whatever slops your dripper....
     
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  20. Bettyfender

    Bettyfender TDPRI Member

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    Very interesting
     

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