Purchased from: MusicStop/Long&McQuade
Sound — 9
This is definately a metal-shred guitar. The basswood body give solos an out-front, mid-rangy tone that really cuts out. The pickups are really good for stock pickups and harmonics really leap out. It could use a little more bottom-end, so I'm likely going to change the pickups to duncan invaders. The neck pickup sounded pretty good clean, for bluesy/jazzy tones. But bottom-line: this is a metal guitar.
Overall Impression — 9
I play metal and this guitar does exactly that, and does so rather nicely. I've been playing off and on for many years and I've had many guitars. The best guitar I've owned was a Charvel 475 special. This Peavey is probably the second best guitar I've owned (and I must say, that it plays better than the Charvel). Right now, I'm playing through a Roland micro-cube. If this were stolen, I'd probably buy something different. Not because I'm unhappy with it, but just because I like to try different things. I wish the guitar came with a bound neck and shark-tooth inlays.
Reliability & Durability — 8
As far as gigging with this guitar, I'd be concerned about the finish wearing off, or denting or breaking the guitar. The light basswood coupled with the extreme shape give one a sense that a sudden turn might snap a horn off the guitar if you hit something. I would not play Live without a back-up, but this is true of any guitar.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
Action was a little high for my taste, but I've adjusted it and it's fine now. Pickups are kind of slanted downwards towards the neck of the guitar. The guitar plays extremely well. it's made to shred on. The highest frets are easily accessible as there's a distinctive cutaway for it at the neck. Hammer-on's and pull-offs are efforteless due to the higher frets. The guitar forces a lighter touch. After I lowered the action a bit, there is some mild buzzing on some frets, but nothing really noticeable.
Features — 8
It's a 2007 Peavey Vortex EX made in China; 24 frets, 25 1/2 " scale, thin maple neck with rosewood fingerboard. Frets are relatively high off the fretboard, giving the guitar an almost 'scalloped' feel. Body looks like a Jackson Rhoads, it's solid basswood and quite light, with a satin black finish. it's got a licensed floyd rose, with the Peavey logo on it as well. Two ceramic humbuckers (very hot) with three-way Switch and a single volume knob (no tone control). Tuners are grover with hollow pegs which look cool. The construction is flawless, I could not find a single fault construction-wise in this guitar. Finish is perfect (but scratches easily). I give features an eight only because of the lack of a tone control.