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Author Topic: Peavey Predator AX guitar  (Read 13886 times)
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« on: December 17, 2010, 01:46:57 AM »

A trend I've noticed is professional players using old Peavey Predators in live performances, so when a U.S.-made "Predator AX" showed up on the web, I bought it. $225US - dirty and long neglected, but everything intact, including the tremolo bar.

Now the process of dis-assembly, cleaning, adjusting, and re-assembly is almost complete. Just a bit of wiring to get right, and a set of new strings - .009 to.042 D'Addario nickel wound.


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« Reply #1 on: December 17, 2010, 09:57:56 AM »

Sounds like a cool project  Cool

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« Reply #2 on: December 17, 2010, 08:46:28 PM »

Should keep you off the streets and out of the bars for a while  Grin
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« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2010, 03:19:36 AM »

Should keep you off the streets and out of the bars for a while  Grin
Sounds like a cool project  Cool

It turns out this model was made in the state of Mississippi during the years 1995-96.
The body is crafted from poplar, which according to a designer of Fender guitars, is the tone wood most often chosen by experienced players when asked to evaluate identically painted guitars made from poplar, ash, alder, mahogany, or maple.
Peavey incorporated three features found in the G&L guitars I favour: magnetic field design pickups, a dual-fulcrum tremolo bridge, and a bi-cut maple neck. Unlike G&L, Peavey just throws these ingredients into the mix without  a lot of fanfare - one reason, perhaps, that these guitars are not well known.
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« Reply #4 on: December 21, 2010, 01:02:19 AM »

Wiring done, everything lubricated and cleaned, re-assembly complete, new strings and a fresh set-up applied.
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Observations:

Although designated a "hardwood" by modern woodworkers, poplar is, most emphatically, a softwood. Exercise extreme care when working with a poplar guitar body - it won't accept the rough treatment normally tolerated by ash or maple.

That strange pickup arrangement has a sound all its own. Very detailed and versatile. (audio demo forthcoming soon)

This is as comfortable and well-crafted a guitar neck I've ever come across - equal in every respect to my $2000.00 G&Ls. Shocked


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« Reply #5 on: December 21, 2010, 07:42:05 AM »

Wow looks like new  Cool

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« Reply #6 on: December 21, 2010, 09:37:33 AM »

Very Nice. Well Done!
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« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2010, 06:20:44 AM »

I've donated this one to our little hostel "band", so my co-workers have something to play at work during their breaks.
Consequently there won't be an audio demo for you. Cry

The plan is to find another one and get it back in shape as my at-home knock-around guitar - I'll do a sound test for you once that one is complete...
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