Price paid: C$ 200
Purchased from: Used - Kijiji
Sound — 9
The guitar has the feel and sound of a Gibson above all. Very Les Paulish with a nice set of humbuckers that give you a good classic rock sound that can pull off metal no problem. Electronics are clean with no noise. Peavey builds a solid guitar all round, and this is a classic example. The guitar has a really nice classic sound to it. A nice full sound with great sustain. A very nice, versatile humbucker guitar.
Overall Impression — 9
I have played for over 30 years, primarily classic hard rock and heavy metal. Having said that, I have broadened my horizons quite a bit over the last ten years and appreciate a great playing guitar that has a good clean tone spectrum. This HP Peavey Signature EX is just that kind of guitar. Not flashy or high priced, but a really good guitar that a working musician can appreciate. The best thing about this guitar is the overall quality of build. I finally let mine go to a young friend who wanted to start playing but didn't want to spend a lot or buy a piece of crap. He loves the guitar and actually miss it quite a bit.
Reliability & Durability — 9
Again, one thing you must give Peavey; what they lack in flash they make up for in performance and durability. This guitar was gigged with regularly before I bought it and it was in excellent shape. The hardware was quality and assembled well, again a pleasant surprise from a Chinese built guitar but what you would expect from Peavey in this price range. The guitar is very dependable and would be very versatile for any rock guitarist, without a singe coil option or tremolo, however. Having said that I would never gig without a back up, period. It's unprofessional.
Action, Fit & Finish — 9
The guitar was set up well when I buoght it used. The action and intonation were able to be set perfectly to my style. Pickups were adjusted fine and the electronics were clean. The finish was good except for a small drip ripple on the back of the neck, not noticable when played. Even from a Chinese factory, the workmanship was what you would expect from a $400+ guitar. I own several pieces of Peavey equipment, and all are very well made and perform as advertised.
Features — 9
Guitar purchased used on Kijiji for $200 Cdn. in excellent condition. Black gloss finish with gold plate hardware. Made in China, not sure of the year. Features: - 24 3/4" scale, set-neck guitar with a 1-piece maple neck - Ebony fretboard with white synthetic binding on neck - Flame maple veneer top on a 3-piece basswood body - 22 frets - Grover die-cast machine heads with 18:1 ratio, dual torsion rod - Tune-o-matic bridge and stop tailpiece - 2 humbucking pickups - 1 master tone and 2 master volume controls with 3-way Switch