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Peavey Power Slide Guitar Black 

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It's not a lap steel, not a resonator, and it's not a conventional steel guitar. This instrument is in response to a huge number of requests for a la...Read More

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The lap-type steel you can play standing up.

It's not a lap steel, not a resonator, and it's not a conventional steel guitar. This instrument is in response to a huge number of requests for a lap-type steel that could be played standing up. The shape of the Power Slide is designed to position the playing surface (fingerboard) to the left of the player's body allowing unhampered access to the playing surface. The Power Slide Guitar's unique 4-point suspension and the special "Y" strap enable the instrument to be played either horizontally or vertically (and almost anywhere in-between). The Power Slide uses Peavey's unique magnet loaded humbucking pickup with patented "T-60 type" mode/tone control. The 2-octave scale provides more tonal flexibility than any Slide guitar that can be played standing up.

Peavey's "Power Slide" comes with its special "Y" strap and a padded bag to accommodate its "different" shape. With a 6-string configuration, you're already familiar with the string gauges and tuning, and at this price, you can't lose.

Includes gig bag.

FEATURES
  • Revolutionary next generation slide instrument
  • Ergonomically designed for maximum playability
  • Patent-pending multipoint strap system
  • Allows for multiple vertical and horizontal playing styles
  • Unique magnet loaded pickup with patented variable coil mode control
  • Radical patent-pending design provides unprecedented neck access in vertical
  • playing position
  • Includes gig bag, slide and multipoint strap

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PeaveyPower Slide Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 25 reviews)

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    (16)

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81%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (11)
  • Well built / quality (8)
  • Consistent (7)
  • Long life (4)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (8)
    • Concerts (6)
    • Back-up (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Professional musician (8), Experienced (7)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Use it anywhere

    Not a lot has been written about the Peavey Powerslide by users, though a fair amount can be gleaned from the videos. So, I'd like to contribute my experiences for those of you...Read complete review

    Not a lot has been written about the Peavey Powerslide by users, though a fair amount can be gleaned from the videos. So, I'd like to contribute my experiences for those of you who are interested in this unique instrument. I've had mine for about a year. I play classic rock, country, blues, folk and pop (just about everything) on it so my needs may be a bit more diverse than most. While a lap steel wouldn't seem to be a natural instrument for all songs in all these styles, I've found ways to incorporate it into most of them. The Powerslide adds an emotional dimension to any kind of music that nothing else quite matches partially because the musician is free to move around.

    First, here is my setup, which is very simple because I'm on a limited budget. Tuning: Open D (low to high) - D, A, D, F#, A, D. Strings: D'Addario XL Nickel Wound 60, 48, 36, 26, 17, 15. Bar: Shubb-Pearse SP2 (I'm still playing with the chromed brass model and haven't tried the stainless version yet). Capo: Golden Gate Squareneck Dobro Capo. Amplifier: Fender Frontman 25R with Fender footswitch. Pretty hard to beat this setup for about four hundred.

    I like the Open D tuning for several reasons. The tonic D note is on both the high and low strings and I can make the tuning minor by lowering just the 3rd (F#) string. When playing a blues in key of E the D note is easy to play, just play an open 1st, 3rd and 6th string. In country music two-string chords progressions are easy on the 1st and 3rd strings (about half are straight bar and half are single-fret slants), and many of the dobro licks can be played on the 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th, strings since the intervals are the same as the first 4 strings on the dobro. I use the capo very rarely, but it comes in handy for dobro-style playing and in songs when you want a drone string in a key other than D such as "I Can See For Miles" by The Who, which uses open E and B strings in standard tuning.

    The SP2 bar is unique in that it has a rounded "bullet" end as well as a sharp end. Also, being a bit heavier than most Stevens-style bars it has good sustain. The rounded end makes it easier to simulate a bullet bar on a pedal steel, and to stop just two strings in the middle of chord by pointing the nose between the strings. The sharp end works for pull offs, but for intricate single note passages the bullet end works well because you can slide from string to string without getting hung up.

    When playing rock and blues I add varying amounts of distortion using the amp's drive channel. The Powerslide can make some great, surging power chords as you slide into a chord position in songs like "Born to be Wild" or "LA Woman", or sweet, ethereal sounds in moody songs like "Miss You" or "Wish You Were Here" (pickup split half way between single coil and humbucker). For folk style I usually finger pick like a banjo or folk guitarist. The sound can be almost harp-like. I get a nice country steel guitar sound with pickup set on single coil with a generous amount of reverb on the amp. Whenever I play with someone new they always comment on how such a "modest" rig could sound so good.

    I almost always play standing up. It is bad enough to have to be looking down most of the time so standing lets me feel like I'm more part of the action. The provided strap works well, though a buckle broke after about 9 months. Fortunately, it is a standard size and was easy to fix. The gigbag, as is often stated, is functional but minimal. It would be nice to have one with more padding...or a hardshell.

    The instrument itself is well built in all the places it needs to be. The finish on my black guitar is perfect. All the hardware is solid and well made. The tuners could be heavier, but they stay in tune just fine.

    My only real criticisms are: The "belly cut" portion of the body which rests against you belly when you are playing standing up isn't wide enough to allow me to comfortably reach the higher "frets." An extra inch or two there would have made a big difference. I may try to make a piece to fit in there, just to see how much it helps. And, I wish they had raised the fretboard above the body, just a quarter of an inch. I do a fair amount of behind-the-bar string bends so it would be nice to have something to brace against all the way up. Finally, my nit-pick is that I'm not crazy about the weird design on the fretboard. I got used to it pretty quickly, but they could have made the design helpful instead of distracting.

    What would I do differently if I were to do it again...nothing really. With more money to spend I would have bought a bigger amp and I'd have a case made for the guitar. My wish list for Peavey's future versions would be a 7 or 8-string model. All things considered, for any amount of money this is a fine instrument that will serve me for a long time. My next purchase will probably be to get a red Powerslide so I can have one in a different tuning...either Open G, or C6.

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    Wood Shop Project

    I was sooooo disappointed when I got mine (over a year ago). I read some of these other reviews before I bought mine, so I was prepared to expect 'cheap-but-functional' 3-per-piece...Read complete review

    I was sooooo disappointed when I got mine (over a year ago). I read some of these other reviews before I bought mine, so I was prepared to expect 'cheap-but-functional' 3-per-piece stamped tuners. Mine were even worse: the shaft-holes were haphazardly drilled (2 shafts chafed on their holes' edges), and a few of the wood-screws that hold the machines against the headstock sides were STRIPPED--leaving the 4th string un-tuneable. My choice was to exchange this dud (even though I'd been warned--sort of--about the tuners on these things), or get a better set of tuners and install them myself...which I was sort of prepared to do anyway. So I kept it, and bought a replacement pair of 3ea tuners. The haphazardly-drilled original shaft-holes do NOT match replacement tuners!!! So I filled them in with wood-filler, and was ready to drill properly-spaced holes for the new tuner shafts, when I moved (and shelved/stored my little Projects of one sort and another). I'll eventually install my real tuners (and finally get to try out my Peavey PowerSlide!), but to tell the truth, I've already in the meantime found an old Fender lap steel in a local pawnshop for half what I paid for this. I think that these lap steels are slapped together with NO pride or craftsmanship, by people who discovered that most of us will buy cheap, barely (or *non*)-functional 'gear' if it's 'inexpensive'-enough. Buying junk like this, I suppose, justifies their Marketing Strategy; they were hoping we would.....I think this is the first and only really, really BAD purchace I've ever made at Musician's Friend. Hope this helps.

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    Wood Shop Project

    By hippiekarl

    from Pahrump, NV

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    Pros

      Cons

      • Hardware Is Garbage
      • Poor Construction

      Best Uses

      • Hobby Repair Project

      Comments about Peavey Power Slide Guitar:

      I was sooooo disappointed when I got mine (over a year ago). I read some of these other reviews before I bought mine, so I was prepared to expect 'cheap-but-functional' 3-per-piece stamped tuners. Mine were even worse: the shaft-holes were haphazardly drilled (2 shafts chafed on their holes' edges), and a few of the wood-screws that hold the machines against the headstock sides were STRIPPED--leaving the 4th string un-tuneable. My choice was to exchange this dud (even though I'd been warned--sort of--about the tuners on these things), or get a better set of tuners and install them myself...which I was sort of prepared to do anyway. So I kept it, and bought a replacement pair of 3ea tuners. The haphazardly-drilled original shaft-holes do NOT match replacement tuners!!! So I filled them in with wood-filler, and was ready to drill properly-spaced holes for the new tuner shafts, when I moved (and shelved/stored my little Projects of one sort and another). I'll eventually install my real tuners (and finally get to try out my Peavey PowerSlide!), but to tell the truth, I've already in the meantime found an old Fender lap steel in a local pawnshop for half what I paid for this. I think that these lap steels are slapped together with NO pride or craftsmanship, by people who discovered that most of us will buy cheap, barely (or *non*)-functional 'gear' if it's 'inexpensive'-enough. Buying junk like this, I suppose, justifies their Marketing Strategy; they were hoping we would.....I think this is the first and only really, really BAD purchace I've ever made at Musician's Friend. Hope this helps.

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      4.0

      good lap steel

      By Chuck

      from Richmond VA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Basic Instrument

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Accsessories

      Best Uses

      • Lap Steel

      Comments about Peavey Power Slide Guitar:

      This instrument is a good lap steel. Designed to be cheap to make and well made. The electronics are simple but effective. The strap is very cheaply made and is almost impossible to put on and off. It was not comfortable to play standing. It will be a lap steel to me. It came with light strings which buzzed and are clearly the wrong choice for a lap steel. I changed to Martin Resonator strings and it sounded great with no buzzes. The slide bar provided lacks sufficient mass to get good sustain. A standard lap steel bar would be much better.The gig bag is very cheaply made and is to small. The strap button caught the zipper and ripped the bag one of the first times I too
      k it out. I like the instrument for a lap steel, once I changed the strings. The slide, strap and gig bag leave something to be desired.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great guitar for the money

      By reckonimokie

      from Oklahoma

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      Pros

      • Good Tone
      • Long Life
      • Strong

      Cons

      • Cheap Hardware

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Peavey Power Slide Guitar:

      Got it in Red, nice paint and sound, but cheap hardware and the bag fits too tight...not long enough...it needs another inch or two. Overall, good guitar for the money! I tuned mine in Open E.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pretty and great guitar

      By reckonimokie

      from Oklahoma

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      Pros

      • Consistent
      • Good Tone
      • Pretty Paint
      • Strong

      Cons

      • Tone Bar

      Best Uses

      • Backup
      • Concerts
      • Practicing

      Comments about Peavey Power Slide Guitar:

      Wow, got it in 2 days....quick from Kansas to Oklahoma. Took it out of the box to inspect paint, etc. It's a very pretty guitar in Red and flashy. The only thing I would change is the strings, forget the tone bar and get a Lap Dawg. Peavey could upgrade the tuners, add more pad to the case and add leather ends to the strap; but overall they did good. It's a great rig. Buy it!

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Pretty nice, overall

      By Kreeus

      from Helenwood, Tn

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Practicing

        Comments about Peavey Power Slide Guitar:

        Bought this to learn on. Good deal for the money. Sounds and plays good. Good tuning stability. Really nice looking guitar, if you don't look too closely around the tuning key area.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Looks better than it plays

        By Bonefrost

        from So 'Dale,AZ

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Strong

        Cons

        • Bad Tonecheap Hardware
        • Not Consistent
        • Poor Tone Quality

        Best Uses

        • Recodingrehearsal

        Comments about Peavey Power Slide Guitar:

        Bought under pretense it was mahogany,it's 100%basswood.Cheap hardware,nut and bridge buzz in any tuning.Knobs were sticky and scratchy.Output jack was barely hanging on.Wont stay in tune.Cheap tuners.
        Had high hopes for this guitar,cool shape,feels good in your hands,but the big problem is hardware and it being full basswood.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        Love sound and pickup features. . . but

        By Peaceiscoming

        from Pearl, MS

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        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Good Tone
        • Long Life
        • Strong

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Peavey Power Slide Guitar:

            Bought a used one of these in the black color scheme. LOVE the sound and the tone/pickup control BUT the looks, shape, case, fretboard turn me off completely. Wish Peavey would make an alternate model that was more traditional shape and appearance. Sounds great! though. PEAVEY,HEY HARTLEY SIR, please make a more traditional model of this in addition to this MOD looking one.

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            4.0

            Power Slide Guitar -strap steel

            By Clyde

            from Oberlin, OH

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Sweet Sounding Pickup

            Cons

            • Cheesy Illfitting Gig Ba
            • Cheesy Tuning Machines

            Best Uses

              Comments about Peavey Power Slide Guitar:

              I wanted a lap steel that I could play on a strap. This is it. The 3 point strap can only work when it goes around your neck, not over the shoulder like a dobro strap. I'm going to drill another strap button hole, and try a dobro strap set up. The tone from the pickup is warm when you roll off the treble. Great deal at the price

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              5.0

              POWER SLIDE

              By geronimo gianelli

              from tx

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Good Tone
              • Great sound
              • Long Life
              • Strong

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Peavey Power Slide Guitar:

                THE STLYE WORKMANSHIP WAS UNREAL FOR THE PRICE

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                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Instant gratification!

                By Philly-Mo

                from Olympia, WA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Tone
                • Great Strap System
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Concerts

                  Comments about Peavey Power Slide Guitar:

                  Once I changed the strings to heavier gauges that are more appropriate to my playing style, I was off to the races. The look, feel and playability of this instrument is phenomenal at the low price. Melobars cost four times more and perform the same. Like all Peavey gear, the Powerslide is a practical and well thought-out design. Since it's essentially a steel guitar, there is no issues with action, frets or intonation and therefore; no set-up needed. As I said, save for the string change, this thing comes out of the box ready to play. Just plug it in, tune it up and start scaring the small animals!

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