Raptor review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 10
  • Overall Impression: 10
  • Reliability & Durability: 10
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 10
  • Features: 10
  • Reviewer's score: 10 Gem
  • Users' score: 6 (124 votes)
Peavey: Raptor

Sound — 10
The RIS has a more tinny, twangy sound to it than other guitars, and is an excellent guitar to practice insane effects on, due to the tremolo bar-compatible bridge. When single pickups are selected (a 5-selection switch is installed right next to the volume control) it has feedback, but that adds to my style.

Overall Impression — 10
10 out of 10. I couldn't wish for anything better from Peavey. I might sell it for a re-issue silver-blue one with chrome hardware that I can see my reflection in (gets dreamy). Anyway, I have been playing this for almost 8 years now, and it hasn't faltered. It truly is a wonderfully crafted guitar! Note, these have been discontinued, so it will be a hassle finding a good one like mine. Another note, Peavey is making Guitar Hero controllers! They should be the same quality as this guitar, so go get one!

Reliability & Durability — 10
This guitar will withstand for a very long time of hard playing. It sounds great, performs great, will withstand multiple very hard hits on the ground (not going to test it), and is overall a guitar that's perfect for my style. the only problem is that it's hard to move up and down the back of the neck, but that's my fault. I have sticky hands.

Action, Fit & Finish — 10
The guitar (made in the USA as it is) is of extremely high grade, and the pickups and hardware have a unique look to them (since I can't find any other black RIS' anywhere). It has the classic flame look of stratocasters, a slanted metal alcove for the output jack, and a very nice head design. It even has a half-finished neck!

Features — 10
I don't know where my father purchased this guitar, but it is a sweet guitar for solos. It has a body the same as a normal Raptor, but with a slightly different pickguard. The normal wide flow of the bottom flare allows for easy movement up in the high notes, and two sets of two Strat pickups. There are two tone switches, which is good for setting the exact tone for various songs. I'm not going to explain how the pickups look, just google it. It is really hard to explain in words.

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    hello friends,i live in sydney australia. i was just reading up on this guitar, i actualy picked one up in a porn shop a few days back for $180.00 this peavey raptor is the model with the jack daniels logo on the top edge of the body. its black, not a scratch and considering the strings are in pretty bad shape it didnt sound to bad when i got it home and plugged it in to an old 50 wat amp.the action is ok and the harmonics are pretty close to perfect. im not sure what they are worth so i hope i didnt get ripped off at $180.00 rock on, rock hard. cheers, ozrock
    in answer to ozrock, wow, a PORN shop which also sells guitars! its like a dream come true hahaha
    this guitar is awful. if youre gunna play metal and youre a beginner, get an ibanez rg321 or a jackson js30dk. unless your like homeless, then dont bother playing guitar because you wont be able to afford anything
    lmao. i dont know what they call them in the usa but here in oz a secont hand shop is called a porn shop (porn broker) lol. you know, like GOT MY FIRST REAL SIX STRING ,BOUGHT IT AT THE FIVE AND DIME, here they are called money lent, cash converters. they had a blow up guitar in there as well but the action was shit, lol. cheers friends be safe. rock on rock hard .ozrock down under.
    lmfao, im so sorry guys, ok, here in sydney there is a small chain of shops called the porn shop. unlike the PAWN SHOP that they are normaly called.i know it sounds odd but thats what this guy called his second had stors and it really gets peopls atention. so, yes i know what i wrote makes my look like a dick lol but thats the name of the shop. the porn shop, not the PAWN SHOP. cheers ozrock