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Peavey JF-1 Hollowbody Guitar   

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Aimed squarely at jazz and fusion players, the JF-1 plays like a dream. This classic hollowbody design has been tweaked to allow more comfortable acc...Click To Read More About This Product

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Maximum fingerboard access and resonant tone.

Aimed squarely at jazz and fusion players, the JF-1 plays like a dream. This classic hollowbody design has been tweaked to allow more comfortable access to the upper register of the fingerboard by ever-so-slightly angling the neck.

Fitted with modern Peavey humbuckers, the thin, lightweight maple-ply body delivers classic fat, smooth guitar sounds. 2 volume pots; 2 tone knobs; and a 3-way, toggle-style pickup selector put all the control right at your fingertips.

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FEATURES
  • Slightly accentuated neck angle allows easier access to the upper fingerboard
  • Thin, hollow, maple ply archtop body
  • 2 humbucking pickups
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • Classic binding
  • MOP inlays
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PeaveyJF-1 Hollowbody Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 40 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (10)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (5)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent, Versatile Guitar

I just received the sunburst JF-1 from Musicians Friend less than two weeks ago. This guitar is very well designed and engineered, and attractive looking. I put on a set of flatwound...Read complete review

I just received the sunburst JF-1 from Musicians Friend less than two weeks ago. This guitar is very well designed and engineered, and attractive looking. I put on a set of flatwound 11-50 strings, lowered the action but not to the point of noticeable buzzing, and it's very easy to achieve accurate intonation. The sound of the pickups are as good as can be expected at this price-point, and quite acceptable right out out of the box, but according to others who have done so, replacing the pickups and pots is very worthwhile - which I may do in the future. The play-ability of the neck is where this guitar really shines, it's surprisingly well crafted. While I do not own a ES-335, I do have a vintage mid-60's Epi Casino, and the JF-1's neck is better, to me at least. The JF-1's side jack is more practical than the frontal jack design of the original 335, dot, etc. The delivery was fast, it was very well packed, and there was absolutely no problems at all with damages. If you can find a "coupon code", as I did, use it. Yesterday, I put it in a new-style RB case for semi-hollows, took it by subway to a rehearsal room, and had some fun jamming with others. A very solid buy for a traditional, versatile, instrument with modern touches.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Misleading Picture, Poor Quality

Had heard so many good things about this guitar, I decided to give it a try. I own a number of solid body guitars and wanted a semi-hollow to round out the collection. ...Read complete review

Had heard so many good things about this guitar, I decided to give it a try. I own a number of solid body guitars and wanted a semi-hollow to round out the collection. Got a good price from MFI and was happy about the deal...then the guitar arrived. First off, it was not as pictured on MFI's web site. The head stock and the inlays were different and the finish was more solid red, not showing the wood flame. There were also a number of major issues with the quality of the guitar which really surprised me based on the reviews I'd read here on other sites. The frets were covered with corrosion and rust spots, as well as the strings. There were several frets that had lifted along the fingerboard edge with sharp ends. Strings are easily and cheaply replaced, however, the fret issue was a real problem. Something also looked odd about the way the strings lined up on the TOM bridge. At closer inspection, I noticed that the stop bar was installed off center a full 1/8 inch. At this point, I'd made up my mind this guitar was going back. I didn't even want to plug it in to see how it sounded. Sorry to post such a negative review and if you decide to buy this guitar, I sincerely hope you have a better experience.

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(15 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding guitar at any price point

By TheRickleTickle

from Little Rock, AR

About Me Professional Musician

Pros

  • Comfortable neck
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid construction
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Headstock Is Ugly
  • I Dont Have Two

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Peavey JF-1 Hollowbody Guitar:

So, I haven't written a review for a guitar in a long time but this one surprised me so much that I had to. I got this guitar in a trade for a TC Electronics Nova System that I used to have. It was the best thing that could have possibly happened to my playing. The pickups are far beyond what you would expect from a guitar in this price range (along with almost everything else, frankly.) They allow the player to be really expressive and I wouldn't change them for any others; they suit the heavy duty build of this guitar well. The tone is far closer to a chambered les paul or a 339 than it is to a 335 or the normal copies that you run across. I admit that I was expecting to have a bit more of that airy, hollowbody tone, but I am so much happier with what I got instead. The tone of the JF-1 is so expressive I've unplugged all my effects after 10 years of being a reverb/delay player and have just been letting my amp and the guitar do the work. It's really made me pay more attention to the subtleties of my playing and I've grown as a result. The bad: I think I need to get another one just so that I have a backup and I might still need to get another hollow body just so that I can have that more typical hollow body funk tone because the JF-1 has too much "balls" to really do that the way a fully hollow guitar might.
At this price range, I was comparing to the Ibanez artcore products which are not all bad, but this (mine at least) certainly puts them to shame. When the guy was talking to me about the trade I mentioned that I had been looking at a few epiphone sheratons and older model dot deluxes and he said the Peavey would "blow any dot out of the water". I have to admit that I thought he was just trying to make a pitch, but he was definitely right because I've yet to run into a dot that can get anywhere near this Peavey's tone. I do like the big neck on the dots though, and this one is a bit smaller. That's kind of a preference thing, but the dot's electronics are by anyone's ears inferior. (Not hating on the dot because I've played a few good ones).
This is a great guitar for just about anyone because it's obviously not a 1500-3000 range vintage 335 or anything but it would be extremely difficult to find a guitar with this overall quality for under a thousand and they are selling new for less than 40% of that. I'm sure you can find a used one for even less. I would highly recommend this for a serious/more advanced student or gigging musician who knows the difference and can appreciate the quality but who can not or does not want to pay a lot for a guitar to play in smokey, hazardous venues. Additionally, there are some solid jazz tones for all of the guitar ensemble/jazz combo players out there who are looking for a new semi-hollow that can go straight from school to a garage band grunge practice. Additionally, this thing absolutely kills when playing the blues.
Thanks for taking the time to read through this review and I wish you luck on your search for a new guitar!

(15 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Misleading Picture, Poor Quality

By Widespreadtrumpet

from Canton, Ga

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Pros

  • Packed well

Cons

  • Not as pictured
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Unplayable

Comments about Peavey JF-1 Hollowbody Guitar:

Had heard so many good things about this guitar, I decided to give it a try. I own a number of solid body guitars and wanted a semi-hollow to round out the collection. Got a good price from MFI and was happy about the deal...then the guitar arrived. First off, it was not as pictured on MFI's web site. The head stock and the inlays were different and the finish was more solid red, not showing the wood flame. There were also a number of major issues with the quality of the guitar which really surprised me based on the reviews I'd read here on other sites. The frets were covered with corrosion and rust spots, as well as the strings. There were several frets that had lifted along the fingerboard edge with sharp ends. Strings are easily and cheaply replaced, however, the fret issue was a real problem. Something also looked odd about the way the strings lined up on the TOM bridge. At closer inspection, I noticed that the stop bar was installed off center a full 1/8 inch. At this point, I'd made up my mind this guitar was going back. I didn't even want to plug it in to see how it sounded. Sorry to post such a negative review and if you decide to buy this guitar, I sincerely hope you have a better experience.

(14 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Beats any Epiphone

By Dane-WILlP

from Long Beach, CA

Comments about Peavey JF-1 Hollowbody Guitar:

I researched for days online and then drove to Guitar Center for some hands on playing. Didn't want to spend a boat load on a Gibson. I played every Epiphone in the store, including the new limited edition Riviera P93. The guitar I liked the most there was the Epiphone Dot Deluxe Flametop. When I got home I ordered the Peavey JF-1 based on all the positive reviews here. Wow, this is the best guitar purchase I have made in decades! I wanted to lock my front door in fear of being taken away in handcuffs for stealing. The look and feel of the Peavey neck blows away any of the Epiphones I played. Mine is the Sunburst Flametop and it rocks. Go to the Peavey web site if you want to see better images of the guitar. Mine came with JF-1EX on the headstock and bow-tie shaped MOP inlays which I like much better than the huge MOP block in the MF pictures. I have been playing for 33 years and I also occasionally build guitars. Buy this guitar now. You will love it and save a wheelbarrow of money! The unused Tom Holmes PAF pickups I have been saving for the right moment are going in this guitar.

(12 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

good value, questionable execution

By Wolle

from Kissimmee

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Not Hollowbody Workmansh
  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

    Comments about Peavey JF-1 Hollowbody Guitar:

    This guitar was advertised as a hollow body with light weight. Not True! It's a semi-hollow body that feels quite heavy. the inlays in the fingerboard look totally different from the pictures published by Musicianfriends. The Peavey site shows you how it actually looks! I bought the red one. The wood does not show well through the lacquer! The Scale length is given at 24 3/4 inch. This guitar has a slanted saddle that is 25 inches with the low strings and 24 #/4 with the thin strings. This leads to problems with the intonations adjustment. The low E and A strings are at the end off the adjustable range! I first thought this backward slanted bridge was a faulty built but looking at the Gibson ES 335 I see the same slant. They should have moved the bridge 1/4 inch to make the intonation setting more feasible.
    The strings as expected where cheap and rusted. I replaced them and used D'Addario EXL115 0.011-0.49. This gives the guitar a full sound !
    The action and the bow I had to reset. That took a while to eliminate any buzz. But that is not the fault of the guitar but more dependent on the strings and playing style.
    The hardware looks fine. the guitar is very stable in holding the tone! paint job is good The frets look not to good, material seems to be cheap steel, installation is not very even looking.
    Sending the guitar back would cost you the shipping and was not worse the effort.
    I got a good deal and the price is right!
    Would I recommend it. Not to very picky people but to anyone else who just want some nice looking guitar for a reasonable price.

    (12 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My favorite guitar

    By Jeremy Brady

    from NC

    Comments about Peavey JF-1 Hollowbody Guitar:

    This
    I own vintage guitars, expensive guitars, cheap guitars, and hands-down this guitar is the coolest one I've ever owned. Maybe it's because I've bought guitar pedals as expensive as this guitar or because it just really plays and sounds that good.

    I ran across this guitar working in a local music store and a buddy and I would have time between customers to try out the new gear. We plugged this guitar in and within 5 minutes were playing paper-rock-scissors to see who would get to buy it.

    Several years ago I had the opportunity to audition for a national touring band and I looked in my closet at my Gibsons and Fenders and without a second thought grabbed this guitar. When I got to the rehearsal studio where a strange amp and strange pedals were set up for me, I confidently plugged in and got the gig. The guy judging the audition had played for Mick Jagger, Rod Stewart, and was a world renowned artist in his own right. As soon as I started playing the clean parts on the particular song, he immediately swung his gaze in my direction and said, "That's the sound", and I landed the gig.

    I know all this sounds a little overkill for a $350 guitar, but I don't care how cheap or expensive a guitar is or where it's made, some guitars just have "it" and my JF1-EX has loads of "it". It's still my favorite guitar to record and don't get me wrong, there are some things about it that aren't great for every style of music, but for how I play (rock, country, bluesy, roots music) this guitar kicks ass!

    (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great value. Easily modded.

    By Magic

    from little rock, ar

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Quality construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Peavey JF-1 Hollowbody Guitar:

        Look, this is an inexpensive guitar. The criticisms I see of this thing surprise me. You can't compare it to a pricey Gibson. However -- however -- IF you take the time to set it up properly, and also switch out the pickups and pots, you wind up with an excellent guitar that compares favorably with the Gibson. Think of it as a project at first. The construction is fine, and, if you play with a lot of distortion, you can live with the existing pickups. But, if you want real variation in tone, replace the pickups with some Seymour Duncan hum buckers, and get push-pull pots from Stewart-MacDonald. The result? You have a Gibson 345 blues/jazz/rock guitar for very little. How good is that? Very. Because you now have a great playing guitar with tons of tone, AND a lot of money unspent.

        (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Way Underpriced Mr. Hartley!

        By Buffalo_BiL

        from New Buffalo, MI

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        Comments about Peavey JF-1 Hollowbody Guitar:

        Great Blues guitar!I was looking for I was looking for a low priced 335 copy, but I was shocked at the price/quality of the Peavey JF1. It compares directly to the Epiphone DOT 335 Deluxe, but may be even better, the MOP inlay on the JF1 is prettier than just a simple dot.I like the pickups just fine, plenty of power, neck feel is great, and YES the tuners DO STAY IN TUNE.One thing I don't understand is, mine has no serial number on it, not even a sticker???Bill

        (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Amazing!

        By HoldenG123

        from Columbia, MO

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        Pros

        • Beautiful
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Peavey JF-1 Hollowbody Guitar:

        The feel of this instrument surpasses all Epiphone hollowbodies and many other hollowbodies ive played (especially at this price range) I bought mine used in near mint condition. It has a strange rattling sound sometimes and the pots are a little scraggly, but that's just because its used. I'm planning on putting in the Seymour Duncan hot rodded pickup set and ive heard that really brings this guitar to life! I'm also going to change the pots but I will leave the hardware. All in all, this is a great guitar and its absolutely beautiful and it feels amazing. I've had MANY guitars in my life and I wouldn't consider this a beginner guitar at all even though its in the beginner price range

        (5 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        I dont like it but maybe thats just me.

        By Thrasher-N_IvK

        from Slidell LA

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        Comments about Peavey JF-1 Hollowbody Guitar:

        It was my fault for getting this guitar. I was all caught up in the look of it and did not play it enough. This guitar never stays in tune, I have tightend up the tuners but it still comes loose within about 2 minutes of playing. Theres also alot of fret buzzing and it just sounds like crap. Maybe its just me, and maybe the one I got was messed up or something because its seems like alot of people are satisfied with it but all I'm sayin is play it for a good bit before buyin. Hope this helped.

        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A great Hollow Body guitar under 500.00

        By Rafael Fiallo

        from Santo Domingo, Dom. Republic

        Comments about Peavey JF-1 Hollowbody Guitar:

        I really don't know how people of Peavey do business , but this guitar deserves a very suprior price. This guitar does not have anything to envy of other guitars of greater price. For my it is excellent and I am very pleased that only payed 300,00 by this jewel.I can play Blues, Rock and Jazz, of course it wasn't made to play heavy metalIt's nice to know that Peavey has that mentality

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