Rockingham review by Peavey

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  • Sound: 8
  • Overall Impression: 7
  • Reliability & Durability: 6
  • Action, Fit & Finish: 8
  • Features: 8
  • Reviewer's score: 7.4 Good
  • Users' score: 7.2 (47 votes)
Peavey: Rockingham

Price paid: $ 300

Purchased from: GuitarGuitar

Sound — 8
Played clean through a Fender Frontman Amp, the Peavey Rockingham excelled with its warm tone, particularly effective when the selector switch was set in the middle. Perfect for jazz, rockabilly, early rock 'n' roll, the Rockingham can even deliver when playing stuff by the likes of AC/DC thanks to its ability to feedback at a higher gain, unlike similarly styled guitars. With a slapback delay, and a little gain on the dirty channel, the Rockingham soared. It's a sonic burst of wonder and I just wish I had been able to afford the delay pedal I tried with it. This feature, and the Bigsby of course, make playing songs by artists such as, Chuck Berry, Buddy Holly and Brian Setzer smooth, almost definitive playing experience.

Overall Impression — 7
I tried The Artcores, the Epiphones and the Yamahas. My thirst unquenched, I asked the sales assistant for an alternative. He told me to hang on for a second, before emerging from the back with the Rockingham. Bliss. As soon as I held the guitar, caressing the neck I knew it was mine. In fact, my uncle Who was with me was so impressed (he owns a high end Telecaster and could afford much more than this) bought one too. So it has some feedback problems It's a box of air. What do you expect? The Peavey is ideal for punk, rockabilly and jazz. Its tone is groundbreaking at this price, and with the right upgrades, could truly be an indispensable axe.

Reliability & Durability — 6
Never play a Bigsby fitted guitar Live without a back up, not even the high end Gretsches. The hardware is supposedly tantamount to the axe's worth. However, it is here where the Rockingham truly provides what the Artcore does not. The strap buttons however could do with strap lock for safety purposes and Live play. I packed this guitar and shoved it in the hold to take abroad and guess what, it is still in mint condition. I've knocked it against the bedpost and it didn't even have an effect. That said, I don't recommend you to smash it on the ground, since it is essentially a vibrating box of air. The fact of the matter remains that this is hollow, it's not made to last in a sense.

Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Stunning looks. This guitar is highly suitable and recommended to those of you Who get told off for playing too much guitar. If you can't play it, the Rockingham is like a dirty magazine, except that it oozes all the class they lack. Aesthetically, the Rockingham has no competitor in the price range and even a lot further. The action suited my taste, but some of us may prefer it to be a little lower for fretting purposes on the higher, more difficult to reach frets. The nut and tuners hold the tuning well and this is from someone Who uses alternate tuning quite often. The pickups are at an optimum height as well. My one major concern is the bridge. Fine it doesn't affect the playability of the instrument, but hours on end of staring at my pride and joy took away a little touch of the novelty. The bridge is a little squint, as is the neck pick-up. However, the despondence lasted only momentarily, and soon I was back to ogling my favourite axe.

Features — 8
With 22 nickel silver frets resting on a 25.5 scale length, the Peavey Rockingham is a comfortable axe to pick up and play in the garden, on the sofa or standing up. The multiple woods used in the Rockingham's construction offer tonal diversity. The rosewood fingerboard is complemented by abalone binding which actually runs from the headstock to wrap itself seamlessly around the body. The Rockingham can be purchased with, or without the Bigsby B6, and with the presence of the retro styled hum-buckers, it's advisable you do add the tremolo if you have that extra cash to part with for increased flexibility of this already dynamic instrument. To control the tone and volume of the hum-buckers, there is a master volume control, one gain control for both pick-ups and two separate tone controls, so there are plenty of tonal options. The shapely 'F' holes ensure that the Rockingham can be played acoustically, but also accommodate for that jazzy tone that any self respecting guitarist loves to achieve when playing on the clean channel of the amp. Peavey's employees have given this guitar some thought with a laminate spruce top and maple sides and back. Spruce is known for it's strength, thus this hollow body isn't as vulnerable as some. Tuning is not a problem, maintained even in hot and humid Cyprus (island in the Mediterranean) so if you can't get it to stay in tune, lubricate the nut, stretch the strings and stop waggling that Bigsby so much, it ain't a Floyd Rose you're pulling on! The tuners are ship shape and the distinctive Rosewood bridge caters for palm muting and finger style picking most accordingly. We've mentioned the spectacular abalone binding, but just to assert their dedication to the class of this instrument, Peavey has included some eye candy down the neck with pearl fret blocks with abalone inserts so you can be sure of keeping your eyes on the fret board rather than that attractive person in the audience. For the price, the guys at Peavey have ensured that the Rockingham is well equipped for styles such as rockabilly and jazz. I got mine with a top quality hard case with a lock (perfect for air travel), so look around for a deal.

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    nice guitar gain knob sounds cool gain knob would be a cool thing to mess with prolly about 450 USD
    my friends has this and i dropped it never been forgive as its lacking a strap button but its awsome for blues me thinks
    hmmm... It looks most impressive. If I didn't have a 1966 Silvertone (made by Harmony) with three DeArmond pickups I might've been on the market for something like this. As it is though please enjoy that thing because I know I would.
    ordinary_story wrote: seriously....this is one ugly guitar man!
    Really? I mean...really..I'm going to have to disagree.
    ooh.....that's a nice one.....dammit, why must everyone make such good looking guitars to tempt me with?
    Bought this guitar on eBay 2 years ago. It was badly set up by the owner, but after some tweaking, it gained in quality. I have tried several guitar strings, from acoustics to several electrics, each with different sounds coming out from the body and the pick-ups. However, I like it more when acoustically sounds good, so I tried some Thomastik flatwound jazz strings, and the sounds is beautiful and complex. Great unplugged (loud enough and woody) and solid electric sound. It's a keeper. Great looks, solid construction, sweet sound... quality stuff, and affordable!
    I have just bought a Peavey Rockingham and so far am extremely pleased with it. It plays well, seems well built and looks beautiful. It is my first 'jazz' style guitar so I want to learn to exploit those clean warm tones. Welcome any comments on how to make the most of it.
    I use one of these for Jazz Swing. The tone is thick and warm. I use Rotosound Top Tape flatwound strings (12 - 52) wich really enhance the tone. The similarity to some Gretch guitars is because it is essentially the same guitar with the same pickups from the same factory. As far as I'm aware, Peavey have now stopped manufacturing this excellent guitar. Superb value for money. In a class of it's own a this price.
    I had to read the first review twice to see that the guitar is, in fact, a hollow body. Less fulsome prose would be preferable.
    Alex The Red
    so that's like 600 USD... nice! And a Gain knob? I've never seen that on a factory build guitar. I wonder how that is.
    I own this guitar. Sadly, I dropped it on my multi-fx board, so it has two holes in the bottom. I'll probably cover them up with masking tape for a DIY aesthetic, but I may wait until I've had it set up again. It's an amazing guitar, especially for the price. and have had no problems in the two years of owning it that weren't my fault. Just BUY STRAPLOCKS.
    def going to look into purchasing it (anyone know how much canadian money these go for?)
    ss311 wrote: 300 pounds Sterling is around $600, but I'm sure you could find it for cheaper than that in the States.
    is peavye an american company? if so, then the price might be cheaper than $600 over here in the states
    peavey's an underatted company i have one of their basses and it is really awesome.....people shouldn't just go for companys like fender or gibson they should look around
    ss311 sells it. I got mine(with Bigsby and hardcase) for 300 pounds Sterling. I also wrote the review, no idea why the price isn't up, sorry about that guys.
    300 pounds Sterling is around $600, but I'm sure you could find it for cheaper than that in the States.