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Peavey Generation Custom EX Electric Guitar

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The Peavey Generation Custom EX is an electric guitar that further refines the artistry of this renowned line. With vintage-wound pickups and vintage...Click To Read More About This Product

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Acoustic and electric sounds at a very attainable price.

The Peavey Generation Custom EX is an electric guitar that further refines the artistry of this renowned line. With vintage-wound pickups and vintage tuning keys, alder body, maple neck and rosewood fingerboard, this Peavey guitar is designed to deliver awesome tone for every style of music--from country to blues to ska to nĂ¼ metal.

Vintage-wound Peavey pickups add tonal balance and a vintage flair to both clean and distorted tones, while the ACM circuitry replicates an acoustic guitar's tone and resonance through a patented analog process. The vintage pickup and ACM tones can be blended by the 360-degree, fully adjustable control knob for a hybrid tone. The traditional pickups can be adjusted via volume and tone controls and toggle-style selector switches.

The Peavey Generation Custom EX Guitar features a 25-1/2" scale, vintage-wound bridge and neck pickups, high-quality solid alder body, maple neck and fingerboard, dual expanding truss rod, and a cool ashtray-style bridge.

FEATURES
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Alder body
  • Three-ply pickguard
  • Vintage-wound bridge and neck pickup
  • ACM analog acoustic modeling bridge with separate volume
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 21 vintage frets
  • Single volume and tone controls
  • Three-way pickup selector toggles from acoustic ACM tone to electric or both
  • Ashtray-style bridge
  • Vintage tuners
  • 6-in-line headstock
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4.2

(based on 30 reviews)

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Incredible Value

I was wanting a Hybrid Guitar for a while, so when I saw the Generation Custom EX for under 2 bills, I signed up. The guitar arrived with one control nob loose inside...Read complete review

I was wanting a Hybrid Guitar for a while, so when I saw the Generation Custom EX for under 2 bills, I signed up. The guitar arrived with one control nob loose inside the triple layered box and I expected to see some scratches on the body, but it was fine. The "Butterscotch" though, is all butter and no "Scotch", just a pale yellow that lets the wood grain show through as a sick grey/green color. This color combination with the black plastic binding, pickguard and p/up rings make it look ugly. Grover Tuners were only a half a step out of tune on the bass strings - right out of the box!! The neck feels nice, except for a rough patch where the lacquer is coarse and there are some metal particles embedded there near the body joint. The body has a thick glossy finish, but I noted a piece of lint got painted over in the back of the body. The electronics work great. No manual, but I don?t think the acoustic p/ups have a tone control, only volume. I love the acoustic sounds coming out of my Bass amp (since I don't have an acoustic amp). The switch to blend the acoustic and electric p/ups works well. I find the humbuckers adequate, not as high gain as I would like, but to replace them with Gibsons or Seymores, you'd pay as much as the guitar. Speaking of which, just to buy the piezo p/ups and the piezo controls, you'd pay around 4 hundred alone without the guitar. The bottom line: You can't even come close to building or even modifiying a guitar to do the things that this one does in the "Hybrid" world. This guitar is an incredible value, if you don't mind doing some sandpapering, or putting a nob back on.

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Decent to downhill

I purchased this guitar from a local music store. It sounded decent and played decent, and in black it had a look that kind of set it apart from my others. So I...Read complete review

I purchased this guitar from a local music store. It sounded decent and played decent, and in black it had a look that kind of set it apart from my others. So I went with it.After a few weeks, I installed straplocks. The first problem. The old ones were screwed in so tight that the holes were damaged just by removing them, which caused a lot of work to secure the new straplocks.When it came time to change strings, I found that the thru-body holes did not line up with the bridge, so I had to take a drill to the inside to clear the way for new strings.Roughly a year since I got it, I've now discovered that the piezo pickup has stopped working. The battery is good, so there is apparently a short somewhere.I wouldn't recommend this guitar for a decent as-is instrument for a serious musician. I have a used Epiphone SG that I bought for $100 that has been way more trustworthy than this guitar. But hey, at least it looks cool, I guess......

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5.0

A steal for the money

By Telebonehead

from North Port, Fl

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I've owned this guitar for about 3 months now and play it 2-3 times a week at church covering a wide range of styles. I'm not entirely happy with the neck as far as soloing goes but it chords nicely. The humbucking PUPs soung pretty good and give decent definition in either Neck or bridge position. I have found the acoustic model to be very good when EQ'd and run direct to the mixer. Beyond that, the mixed sound ( PUPs & piezo ), offersa lot of great, usable tones. I use the included stereo cable and split my sound to two seperate channels, running the "electric" side thru a modeler/effect pedal and the "acoustic" side direct with a little chorus effect from the board. As the only guitarist in a keyboard dominated group, I find I can add a lot of nice colorations & fills no matter what the genre ofthe particular piece we're playing. At the current price this is a good solid instrument. It's pretty heavy and the neck has 5 bolts attaching it to the body. It is shaped somewhat like a tele but doesn't play or sound like one. I would recomend this guitar to anyone looking for an inexpensive yet well made instrument. This is an excellent value. Would also make a good, quality 1st guitar for a beginner.

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5.0

Bye Bye to my American Standard Strat!!!

By Olde English Rocker

from Western Washington, USA

I was doubtful if this would be a decent axe ... Have no fears, great playability, excellent, full, clear piezo pickup sound. Finish is respectable. Be prepared to spend time setting this up properly (intonation, neck, smooth out frets, tighten tuner action). Use new strings (Ernie Ball super slinkies are cheap) I replaced both humbuckers with a couple of 20 year old DiMarzios that I had hanging about, a super distortion and fat strat on the neck. The stock pickups a very muddy, toss them. There are some great pickups out there, choose your own. I fell in love with this axe, so my fender Strat will be showing up on E-bay! I am a 58 yr old English rocker and have been through a few guitars. This Peavey is great value for young or olde! GO FOR IT !!! Good for many music styles, you will get to love it.

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5.0

THIS GUITAR IS AWESOME!!!!!!!

By Golfinguitarist8295-R0iuO

from A Happy Place

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Ok, I bought this guitar mainly for it's price and because I thought the piezo was cool. I was blown away with what I got. This is the second review I have written for this guitar, because I didn't think one was enough. This guitar is wonderful. The finish is fantastic, I got the White and it looks great. The neck is super fast to, I've managed to play some Herman Li style licks on it and some Jimi Hendrix style riffs right after the other. The Piezo is amazing, the way they put little pickups in the bridge was really neat. Peavey did a great job with this awesome guitar. I'm really upset that this guitar was discontinued. Everyone else should have the opportunity to play this guitar. At the same time, I feel good about it, because I know that I have one, and that's almost like a piece of memorbilia. I prefer this over any Gibson Les Paul. I would love a Fender Stratocaster to balance out the power between Humbuckers and Single Coils and might also want a Gretsch Bo Diddely Signature. I was thinking of getting a tremolo bridge for the fun of a whammy bar, but I just can't let go of the Piezo Bridge! I love this guitar! May the Peavey Generation Custom EX rest in peace, and hopefully be reincarnated! I play this with my band, and it feels great! Look for these on eBay, because they are no longer made. Discontinued. You can't even get here without doing something odd like bookmarking the page before they shut it down, or Google Image Search. This Guitar Is Amazing!!!!! Rock On!!!!!!!

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5.0

Incredible Value

By Vinsanity58

from Cali

I was wanting a Hybrid Guitar for a while, so when I saw the Generation Custom EX for under 2 bills, I signed up. The guitar arrived with one control nob loose inside the triple layered box and I expected to see some scratches on the body, but it was fine. The "Butterscotch" though, is all butter and no "Scotch", just a pale yellow that lets the wood grain show through as a sick grey/green color. This color combination with the black plastic binding, pickguard and p/up rings make it look ugly. Grover Tuners were only a half a step out of tune on the bass strings - right out of the box!! The neck feels nice, except for a rough patch where the lacquer is coarse and there are some metal particles embedded there near the body joint. The body has a thick glossy finish, but I noted a piece of lint got painted over in the back of the body. The electronics work great. No manual, but I don?t think the acoustic p/ups have a tone control, only volume. I love the acoustic sounds coming out of my Bass amp (since I don't have an acoustic amp). The switch to blend the acoustic and electric p/ups works well. I find the humbuckers adequate, not as high gain as I would like, but to replace them with Gibsons or Seymores, you'd pay as much as the guitar. Speaking of which, just to buy the piezo p/ups and the piezo controls, you'd pay around 4 hundred alone without the guitar. The bottom line: You can't even come close to building or even modifiying a guitar to do the things that this one does in the "Hybrid" world. This guitar is an incredible value, if you don't mind doing some sandpapering, or putting a nob back on.

 
4.0

peavey ex custom

By playsbase

from lex.ky

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I really like the guitar it has a bunch of nice features I got white and the finish is flawless and the binding is not painted like someone else had stated but black pvc. It is very heavy like a tele should be. Has grover keys and humbuckers and the saddle's are black. It comes with a cable for using both the humbuckers and the piezo p/u. Ok heres the bad part when you use the toggle switch to just the peizo you have no tone control at all. Although it does very acoustic like I wish peavey would address the eq . I run mine threw a peavey kb100 keyboard amp and I can get some killer sounds. Heres how I got my best sound I used the cord that is provided and ran 1 side to my kb100 and the other to a old peavy classic. I got the best of both world's. All and all a great ax at a great price I own 20 guitars and this one is a keeper.

 
1.0

Not a Peavey Buy American

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I spent abot 6-8 hours trying to set up this guitar to play decent. The tuners were loose so I tightened them. The bridge saddle was nearly falling off so I re-connected it. After adjusting all the normal items(truss rod, saddles) and putting on a good set of strings it still had a buzz on the high "E" string.Turns out the route for the nut was lower on one side, and the string rattled in the slot. There were 2 knobs loose in the box so I installed one of them on the volume. The pickups were un-balanced so I tried to adjust them. One pickup would not go low enough(shallow route) so I tried adjusting the pole pieces on the other....a pole piece vanished beneath the pickup cover(stripped). At that point I decided to return it as DEFECTIVE. Did I mention that the cover in the back for the electronics did not fit and had a dent next to it where it was pryed...before it was painted?

 
5.0

great guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

is a good guitar but my peavey came with a cople of scrahes and i am not happy with that but the other thinks was great the acoustic sounds preaty good

 
5.0

Carl The One Man Band Plays Generation EX

By Carl The One Man Band

from Pueblo Colorado

This guitar is a good value for what you pay. I have a $1,700 Gibson Les Paul equipped with a $400 Graphtech Ghoast Piezo pickup system which I use in my One Man Band show to get both the Elecric, and acoustic sound. This Generation EX does everything my Gibson does, and has basically as good of sound (Just a little more twang which I like) This guitar is put together very crudely. The circuit board in the one I received was shorting out on the Piezo/Humbucker switch which caused the Piezo volume not to work (Luckily the circuit board was not damaged). I relocated the circuit board and it works fine now. My guitar had a few minor dings on it as it came. The box it came in was beat to heck. It has been previously opened,and the model number on the box changed. I would say it was a guitar that someone else returned because the Piezo system did not work. I fixed the Piezo myself and this guitar is great for the money. I played it at my show on on the River Walk last night, and loved it. It has a typical inexpensive Peavey neck which (I Think)plays well, and I like it. Mine is black and heavy..

 
4.0

This one's a mixed bag

By ChromeCity

from Connecticut

Peavey Generation Custom EX guitar - good points first. It arrived triple-boxed, safe & sound. The neck has a great feel and a 5-point joint. The nut is formed well and doesn't pinch the strings at all. The "vintage" tuners are actually modern Grovers and they act like typical Grovers - great. This guitar is heavy and resonates well when not even plugged in. I have the butterscotch model and the "alder" wood looks like ash to me (like many famous Tele's). Now the not-so-good stuff. The pickups are abysmal. The piezo has no tone control and is wicked tinny. The humbuckers are quiet, muddy at neck, and shrill at the bridge. Hardly any bass response. The stock strings were not great and the high E broke with the simplest of bends. No biggie. The frets all need polishing and the input jack is intermittent. Mine has some errant black paint around the neck joint and should have been sold as a blem. So is it worth it? I think so. But expect to replace the pickups and do some minor work.

 
3.0

Decent for the money

By Paul

from Virginia

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I received the Butterscotch finish of the Peavey Generation Custom EX Electric Guitar about 2 weeks ago. Strange coloring that looks like it was soaked in scotch with a greenish yellow butter. The quality was passable, except the low E string wouldn't fit the nut. It sat up on top and I had to perform a minor surgical procedure. I bought this on the off-chance that even at the low cost, the acoustic emulator would be close. With lots of tweaking, you can get a facsimile. So I wouldn't run from it, if you're thinking about it. But I'd suggest a cautious walk up to another colored finish.

 
5.0

AK

By AK-ARxug

from OKC

This is the best value guitar for its price.. It has a quality ,which can compair with a far more expensive guitar. It is not a cheap sound guitar, those pick up are awesome.. I wish this guitar will be in the best choice for the beginner or some kids, but this is way better than a beginner guitar. This is the best $ I spend for music instrument. I love this guitar and I will tell all my friends to get one.

 
4.0

Good value with potential

By lovemusic64

from Miami

It shipped in a triple box, nice! It is light, the body is slightly smaller than a tele. Binding is black paint - but what else can you expect for that price. Neck is comfy. Needs to be set up properly though. Piezo sounds good enough for me. The only flaw is the pickups: too muddy! This will definitely require an updgrade. Overall, I'm ok with this guitar but I believe I'll be happy once the pu's are upgraded.

 
5.0

Great sound

By tommytwoguns

from Undisclosed

I have the blonde model. Fit and finish is good but nothing special. The few places I have played and brought it to it gets lots of complements on it's looks. It has just great sound I mean real real great! The pizeo I have no use for. I cant get any thing like acoustic sound from it but I don't care. I'm gonna take the active electronics out and use the piezo knob to run the rear humbucker volume and the normal volume to run the front humbucker. The tone knob will stay the same and the 3 way toggle will select front both or rear pickups. Great buy for the money just don't expect much from the piezo! Again it sounds great!!!!!

 
4.0

Pretty Good Guitar

By happy man

from west coast

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This is a pretty good entry level guitar.I got the butterscotch finish and the finish is good.The guitar weighs more than my shoulder enjoys, but that is O.K.The set up was reasonable, but not great.The sounds are O.K.There was no manual.I'm trying to figure out what the 5 position switch does.Positions 1,3, and 5 are obvious, but I'm wondering about 2 and 4.Some kind of coil tap I'm guessing. The output is much lower.This makes the blend with the ACM inconsistent.I'm having tuning instability, but I just got the guitar.The ACM is kind of cool, but only as a flavor.I would not use it as the main sound.Blending it in with the electric, adds some spice.I'm having radio signals come through the ACM too.Maybe a grounding issue.I'm also hearing a lot of hiss.For this price, I think this guitar might be worth buying.With some tweaking, I think the guitar will be a good player.I'm hoping that Peavey will address the ACM problems.

 
2.0

Decent to downhill

By Shado

from Champaign, IL

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I purchased this guitar from a local music store. It sounded decent and played decent, and in black it had a look that kind of set it apart from my others. So I went with it.After a few weeks, I installed straplocks. The first problem. The old ones were screwed in so tight that the holes were damaged just by removing them, which caused a lot of work to secure the new straplocks.When it came time to change strings, I found that the thru-body holes did not line up with the bridge, so I had to take a drill to the inside to clear the way for new strings.Roughly a year since I got it, I've now discovered that the piezo pickup has stopped working. The battery is good, so there is apparently a short somewhere.I wouldn't recommend this guitar for a decent as-is instrument for a serious musician. I have a used Epiphone SG that I bought for $100 that has been way more trustworthy than this guitar. But hey, at least it looks cool, I guess......

 
4.0

Excellent Value

By Hounddog

from Chino Hills, CA

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I have played professionally many years and this guitar is an excellent value. The black model has a nice binding and looks great. Take the guitar to a guitar tech and have it set up professionally and you will have an excellent addition to your collection.

 
5.0

Great Value

By SDCRocks

from Kansas City

One of the greatest values in guitars I have seen lately. Great options, Lightwieght and very good sound for the price. I have the black one - looks sharp must must keep clean of fingerprints.

 
4.0

Nice Guitar

By Chip

from Gastonia, NC

I just bought this guitar, I checked it out on the Peavy website first to see exactly what they said about it. It has an awesome sound you can rock with it or just play slow and it is crisp and clear. You can get a lot of different sounds by switching or blending the pick-ups. I got the tobacco burst style and it is a beautiful guitar. It has a thick glossy finish and a heavyness that I think feels great playing. I will warn you that you will more than likely need to take it to a guitar shop to get it set up right mine had tuners loose and a string that buzzed pretty bad but with a little ajustment it rocks. I think it is a great guitar for the value.

 
5.0

Unbelievable bargin!

By Scout

from San Francisco

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This is an absolute killer guitar. Peavey is completly unrated which is good for you and me dollar wise. I gave it a five for quality even though there were a few finnish flaws.I bought it for it's ACM electronics and really didn't expect it to be much on looks. I was very wrong!It's a keeper.

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5.0

Peavey Generation Custom EX Review

By golfinguitarist8295

from The Middle Of Nowhere

I got this guitar when I wanted something that was pretty cool that didn't go overboard when it came down to the cash. This guitar is an amazing value. The sound is absolutely positively laser (awesome)! The piezo works really well and there are many different tones accessable just by playing around. Mine is white and the finish is really neat looking. I can literally see my reflection in the paint! The white is the best paint scheme in my opinion because it blends really well with the black on the headstock and on the body. There's a good bit of twang in the strings which sounds really cool. Its a great guitar to play just about any style with (except deathmetal because it just wouldn't look right). I played it with a friend of mine the other day and he said it looked dumb, but he has a stupid little Squier and he knows nothing. The only problem was that there were a couple little scratches on the body, but they buffed out really easily. This is a great guitar for anyone (especially beginners!). I highly recommend buying this guitar it you were thinking about it. You simply will not be dissapointed!

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