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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by MDent77, Sep 15, 2017.
That's a quote for the Rock n Roll HOF.
Probably just a little brand whorin goin down, but the reality is that a lot of off brands...not necessarily Peavey....suck. they often require way more tlc to bring up to par with Fender counterparts.
I'm not saying Peavey guitars sound bad, I'm just saying that they don't stand out to me. Everyone should buy and play what suits them.
I'm a telecaster guy, so I'm partial.
Yes, heavy and thin necks.
In the Boston area, years back when mentioning any gear made by Hartley Peavey...let me say, it wasn't the top brand. I judged simple on the feel. More than the label.
I agree with the pickups. Though most Fenders I have owned the pickups get ripped out as well. Fender never did pickups well, IMO. My favorite Tele had a sweet neck but the pickups were dead. I swapped them out and it has become an appendage of mine.
T40 basses seem to be in demand, though. My first real bass was a T40, it was heavy and the switching was too complicated for me at the time. Punted it for an Epiphone P-bass copy and was much happier. I wouldn't mind having another, but not for $500.
Weight has never bothered me, but aren't those 10 pound monsters?
My bassist has a T40 and its fantastic. Sounds great and has huge range. Built like military kit too. Weighs a ton.
When I saw the second or third post where he said "my friend picked up three"-I thought- not at the same time unless he is a bodybuilder! They are great guitars-design wise-just not application wise.
A few models were solid wood.
I did get a kick out of how the manual for the guitar I bought (in 1987) read, "All switches are military grade toggles." As if I was going to war with Ted Nugent? "
I bought a T-60 once in a pawn shop for around $100, kind of on a whim.....I had seen an article in Vintage Guitar praising them. After getting it home and messing around with it, I realized someone at Vintage Guitar must have had a warehouse full of them they were trying to unload. (and couldn't) It was heavy ( like 10 lbs or so), had a thin, almost toothpick neck, and was completely undistinguished, sound-wise. I ended up using the tuners (Gotoh- excellent) and the hardtail bridge for other guitars, as well as various screws and bits of hardware. I re-cut the headstock to a Tele profile, and it is like new as far as finish. I'll use it someday for something calling for a "Twiggy" neck. The thing no one has mentioned is the metal nut, which gives it a hard-edged, harsh sound. (IMHO) Fortunately, it was an inexpensive lesson to learn, but one I won't forget.
It was the same with G&L, and still is for the most part. US G&L's are very difficult to sell, at least for what they are actually worth.
Classics, classic I tells ya.
I'm one of the biggest pawnshop whores around.
I have found A LOT of AMAZING deals on good quality Fender and Gibson guitars over the last 15 yrs.
In that time I've seen a TON of older 70's & 80's Peavey guitars at literally give away prices in the same pawnshop.
I just couldn't bring myself to spend the money on them.
I just feel like I'd be throwing away money.
I think most of these guitars are heavy as hell and have the very thin necks.
I then think that I'll end up having to sell them, and I might not even get my money back.
I stick with my Fender and Gibson guitars.
Really? That could be true, because I think they're worth a lot. A friend had a late 80s legacy classic, with 50s style alnico strat pickups made by DiMarzio that came stock. It stands out in my mind as maybe the best guitar I've ever played, and I'm not into strats. The sound was spectacular, it was wonderful to play, it looked great, and it had the best working fulcrum bridge I've ever tried. MFD pickups have always disappointed, but that legacy... I should go buy one instead of talking them up here.
I'm plenty ugly all by myself. Having an ugly guitar just exponentially increases the problem.
I had a T-60 in high school and I sold Peavey gear for three years in college. I've had a couple T-15's in recent years. I used to love unboxing the interesting low price Peaveys.
We had a fretless T-20 bass in the store for almost 2 years. I think it scared people. It was a beautiful simple thing to hold and play. If I ever happen upon a fretless T-20 I'm going for it. Remember these....?
Peavey's and Ovation electrics are sort of in the same category. Fugly designs that are built well and function great, but something is just "off" enough to make them a no-go for me. Man, I love me a Breadwinner or Deacon...even a Viper, but most of the time when I plug them in they're sort of meh.
Ace played one and I almost bought one for that reason alone, but I couldn't do it.
A buddy of mine just picked up the guitar. He asked for a recommendation and I steered him to G&L USA Legacy over Fender. He has a sweet axe yet a bit more than double the price what you'd get used for a MIM Fender.