There's a first time for everything, and this right here is the first time we've had a Peavey in the shop. The guitar in question is also Peavey's first attempt at an electric guitar, the T-60.
Following years of successful amp and PA manufacturing, eventually in 1978 Peavey turned their attention to musical instruments, coming up with the T-60 and it's T-40 bass guitar sibling. These were innovative instruments, being the first guitars ever to use CNC machining for the bodies and with necks that were also made four at a time by machine. As such their build quality and consistency was excellent, far exceeding what Fender were managing at the time.
The electronics are worth a deep dive too, with some pretty cool stuff hiding under the hood. The guitar is equipped with two blade style humbuckers, with the usual 3 way switch and volume / tone for each pickup. There is a second 2 way switch that flips the phase of the bridge pickups allowing for some cool tones when both pickup are engaged. However the fun starts when you start playing with the tone knobs... Wound all the way up they actually split the pickups down to single coils, revealing a pretty authentic single coil sound. Turn them back a couple of numbers and the sound thickens up as the second coil is blended in, transforming them back into humbuckers. Check out the pics for Peaveys description in the owners manual.
This example is in really excellent condition. The black plastic on the pickup covers has chipped very slightly in a couple of places, and there's some minor elbow marks on the lower bout but that really is about it. The neck is in excellent condition with unmarked lacquer and plenty of life left in the original frets.
Picking this guitar up is an experience, its not exactly light at 4.6kg! The neck is on the skinnier side but very comfortable. The revelation is how it sounds. The pickups both sound excellent, very evenly matched and with excellent balance across all the strings. The phase switch provides some useful tones and the tone knobs / coil taps are actually really useful. This would make a great addition to any recording studio, its a seriously versatile and solid sounding guitar.
This one comes with its original Peavey hard shell case and the original owners manual, both nice additions to a nice guitar.
The first one of these we've had in the shop and in super nice condition, if a Peavey T-60 has been on your radar for a while then don't miss out...