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Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar

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Got a predatory attitude?

This is your guitar. Nothing but the bare essentials you need to wreak aural havoc. Features a 25-1/2" scale; Floyd Rose-licensed double-locking tremolo; 2 humbuckers with 2-way selector switch, volume, and tone controls; sealed die-cast tuners; and bound body.

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FEATURES
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • 22 frets
  • Floyd Rose-licensed double-locking tremolo
  • 2 humbuckers
  • 2-way pickup selector switch
  • 1 Volume/ 1 Tone
  • Sealed die-cast tuners
  • Bound body
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PeaveyPredator Plus EXP Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 57 reviews)

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    (41)

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    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (4)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (3)
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    • Experienced (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A winner from Peavey

First off, the pictures don't do it justice. In black, this is one great looking guitar. The white binding on the body has a slight retro feel but combined with the all black...Read complete review

First off, the pictures don't do it justice. In black, this is one great looking guitar. The white binding on the body has a slight retro feel but combined with the all black hardware, it looks like a total rock machine.

The Floyd Rose tremelo is the licensed version so you may need to do a little tweaking on it since machining isn't always quite up to real Floyd standards. I found the fine tuners needed a touch of oil on the threads to get them working without binding. Setup is tricky especially if you change string weights like I did. (This is true of any Floyd-based tremelo.)

Playability is excellent. I've always liked Peavey necks because they tend toward the thin and narrow side. I have small hands and this is just about right. No buzzes and only minor adjustment needed to the bridge for height. The Predator is about the same weight as a regular Strat and has good balance strapped up.

SIDE NOTE: My old Peavey T-60 had the perfect neck for me (even narrower and thinner than this) but wow was the guitar heavy.

Sound quality is very good. Not excellent because the pickups aren't the loudest. But the sustain is excellent and the tonal adjustments with the volume, pickup selector and tone control are pretty good.

Overall this guitar will sound and play as well as those for three times the price. Just remember, with any Floyd tremelo you WILL need a backup guitar if you play live. Break a string on one and it will take you 5 - 10 minutes to restring. This style especially since it doesn't string through the bridge....you have to cut the head off and clamp it down with the allen wrench.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A great guitar to expand your horizons

I have the Preadtor in the Blue finish, with the black hardware. I will tell you that this was my first Floyd Rose guitar and since I've had it I have not really found...Read complete review

I have the Preadtor in the Blue finish, with the black hardware. I will tell you that this was my first Floyd Rose guitar and since I've had it I have not really found a guitar to match it in terms of playing quality. I have played numerous jams with this guitar and it always sing. The 'Buckers could use an upgrade... something with some more meat. But this guitar was my primary for 3 years when I played house parties though a Line 6 Spider II half stack, and occasionally with a TS-9 and 535Q in front, and I tell you this guitar will do all that you want. Sure this guitar is going to break some strings... it's a Floyd. Licensed, mind you, but that is no different. If you're new to the Floyd, this guitar will take every lashing you can thrash at it. The neck is smooth as the day I bought it (It's not a finished neck), I took a spring out and slapped in some Ernie 9's and took to the stack with a drummer doing mostly Pantera covers and some originals. If you love to jam on your favorites, but you've never really had a Floyd guitar, this is your Axe. It took me some time to tweek it because I set my guitars up myself. I plan on throwing in some GFS 'Buckers to rod the sound up a bit since the buckers now are starting to rust from the profuse amounts of sweat they've accumulated. I have 7 guitars and this is easily one of my favorites. It's durable and will take a wicked whoopin'. 3/5 because this this guitar is what it is.

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(4 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

hardware is junk

By eviltesla

from pa

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Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

i loved the guitar as it played but the cheap ass metal and threading will make it a parts guitar after about 1 year, but a really good custom start

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A winner from Peavey

By Sven Golly

from Carlsbad, CA

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Great looks
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Hard To Setup

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Live Play
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

First off, the pictures don't do it justice. In black, this is one great looking guitar. The white binding on the body has a slight retro feel but combined with the all black hardware, it looks like a total rock machine.

The Floyd Rose tremelo is the licensed version so you may need to do a little tweaking on it since machining isn't always quite up to real Floyd standards. I found the fine tuners needed a touch of oil on the threads to get them working without binding. Setup is tricky especially if you change string weights like I did. (This is true of any Floyd-based tremelo.)

Playability is excellent. I've always liked Peavey necks because they tend toward the thin and narrow side. I have small hands and this is just about right. No buzzes and only minor adjustment needed to the bridge for height. The Predator is about the same weight as a regular Strat and has good balance strapped up.

SIDE NOTE: My old Peavey T-60 had the perfect neck for me (even narrower and thinner than this) but wow was the guitar heavy.

Sound quality is very good. Not excellent because the pickups aren't the loudest. But the sustain is excellent and the tonal adjustments with the volume, pickup selector and tone control are pretty good.

Overall this guitar will sound and play as well as those for three times the price. Just remember, with any Floyd tremelo you WILL need a backup guitar if you play live. Break a string on one and it will take you 5 - 10 minutes to restring. This style especially since it doesn't string through the bridge....you have to cut the head off and clamp it down with the allen wrench.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Little Shredder

By Erik Mann

from Dallas, TX

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Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

This isn't one of those guitars you need to set around thinking about whether or not to buy. Just pull the trigger and buy it, and you won't be disappointed if you get get the action setup right by a guitar tech, put some 9's on it if you're a beginner, and get the tech to do a thorough setup on the floyd, and you're read to rock.
For this price with a floyd rose, this is a perfect entry level guitar to wreak metal havoc. Put some 9's on it and get a guitar tech to do a good setup on it, and you're good to go! Add a Line 6 amp and that's all a beginner needs to get started. Initially I was comparing this to the Kramer's that cost about more and I'm extremely happy I went with the Peavey. It has a true floating floyd so that you can pull-up and push-down on the tremolo bar, and not just a one direction floyd like the entry level Kramer. Surprisingly, the floyd stays in tune! Like I said, have a good guitar tech do the right setup on it and you will be very happy with your purchase! I've played guitar for over 30 yrs, I've owned Charvel's, Jackson's, ESP's, Fenders, and you don't have to pay a ton to have a fun guitar that can keep pace with the heavy metal sounds you're looking to create.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

decent guitar, i like

By semiprobro

from grand junction co

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Feels good
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

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

Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

This guitar is decent and ive own alot of guitars that were more expensive. i purchased the gloss black stop tail at a local store, i needed one right away and didnt want to wait a few days for shipment as i couldnt afford the floyed rose version,,thats ok, less maintenence anywayze-it was kept near a humidifier on the low shelf and im wondering if thats why it has fret buzzes above the 15th fret, even after truss rod adjustment and everything. i appreciate this axe

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

solution for pick-ups

By Walker Texas Ranger(stagename)

from Brownsville,Tx.

Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

to get the best sound just raise the pick-ups as much as you can tilted a little with the adjustments on the side of the pic-up

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing! I must have it!

By Sanchez

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

This guitar is amazing!! I went to my local music store and I saw it and decided that it looks nice and I asked the clerk to let me play it and he actually did! (This music store is kinda greedy)and well this guitar is amazing! I've been playing for four years and its possibly the best guitar I've played yet!! I've heard of Peavy being a crappy guitar making company but then I played this guitar and now I think otherwise! I'm selling a few things and saving my money to get this guitar! Hopefully by summer I'll have it! I loved playing it and it had amazing sound and the neck felt great. Not as fast as my Ibanez's neck but it was still great!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Peavey Predator plus exp black

By jdude5150

from chicago, IL

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

    The guitar is awesome especially for the price. They could easily beat out many $500+ guitars. The neck is a shredders neck. Very smooth, thin, and no sharp fret edges. The body is solid with a belly contour. The black has a white at the edge of the body, real sharp looking. The weight is good. The pickups are not mind blowing, but very well suited. The neck pu is smooth and bluesy. The bridge pu is hot and heavy. They provide a full warm sound. It also features a coil tap. Tapping and harmonics are great. The Floyd rose is licensed, but seems like a Floyd special. It does stay in tune, through dive bombs and whammy screams. I would add that the Tone knob acts as a coil tap, but comes right off when you pull it up. annoying, but not a deal breaker

    Honestly I did not know what to expect. This is a newer model and much better compared to an older version I tried. The pickups are better and the Floyd is great. I did a quick setup and it plays like an expensive guitar. It does not feel cheap in any way. I play a lot of van halen and 80's rock. I am going to get another one and put that in a different tuning.

    Its great as a stock guitar! The best part is that you can upgrade this and it will rival much more expensive guitars.

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    A great guitar to expand your horizons

    By Badco

    from Meh.

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Experenced Player
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • New To Floyd Rose

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • House parties
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

      I have the Preadtor in the Blue finish, with the black hardware. I will tell you that this was my first Floyd Rose guitar and since I've had it I have not really found a guitar to match it in terms of playing quality. I have played numerous jams with this guitar and it always sing. The 'Buckers could use an upgrade... something with some more meat. But this guitar was my primary for 3 years when I played house parties though a Line 6 Spider II half stack, and occasionally with a TS-9 and 535Q in front, and I tell you this guitar will do all that you want. Sure this guitar is going to break some strings... it's a Floyd. Licensed, mind you, but that is no different. If you're new to the Floyd, this guitar will take every lashing you can thrash at it. The neck is smooth as the day I bought it (It's not a finished neck), I took a spring out and slapped in some Ernie 9's and took to the stack with a drummer doing mostly Pantera covers and some originals. If you love to jam on your favorites, but you've never really had a Floyd guitar, this is your Axe. It took me some time to tweek it because I set my guitars up myself. I plan on throwing in some GFS 'Buckers to rod the sound up a bit since the buckers now are starting to rust from the profuse amounts of sweat they've accumulated. I have 7 guitars and this is easily one of my favorites. It's durable and will take a wicked whoopin'. 3/5 because this this guitar is what it is.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Less than I had hoped for

      By Xaviersky

      from Centralia, WA

      Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

      So this is my 3rd guitar, my second Peavey, I loved my first one so I though I would get another. Right out of the box I had to replace the tone pot becuase the guitar cut out, and Now after 3 months the volume pot is sticky and sometimes cuts out. However This is probably the easiest guitar that I have ever played. The neck is sculpted perfect for my hands, its nice and smooth, the deep cut aways allow easy access to even the highest(24th) fret. The tone for this price range is unmatchable compared to schechters and deans and other guitars in this price range its built alot sturdier...I have dropped and scratched it and scraped it and the finish is still perfect. The coil Tap is real close..I think its the closest tap to a strat sound that I have heard..although I wish there was seperates taps for each pickup so I could use a H - S set up.But For anyone looking for someting better than a budget begginer guitar, that doesnt have alot of money I would suggest this over the Omen and the Vendetta, just play it for awhile first and make sure the pots are good.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      needs a nuts and bolt check before a show

      By eviltesla

      from pa

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      Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

      the body has a good weight, the action is the best i played in 25 years, the only problem i have is the strings came rusted, but a warning this guitar with this trem isn't a starter guitar by any means

       
      5.0

      Excellent!!!

      By Lunar Lander

      from Bellingham, WA

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

      I got this guitar on the last Wednesday of this March; it was 2 days before the talent show. I had already tried out and had already made it in with my standard strat but, I needed something that had a hum bucker and a Floyd Rose Tremolo since I was going to play Eruption from Van Halen. The hum buckers were great compared to the singles on my strat, I didn't think they were muddy sounding at all. I also thought the Floyd was a good thing to have because it won't go out of tune on stage. In the end, this guitar can save you a lot of frustration and will make you sound even better than you would with single coils. All my friends thought I sounded awesome. The Peavey Predator is a good cheap solution to your tone and tuning struggles.

       
      5.0

      Good value, but there are better.

      By lauscho

      from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

      Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

      I purchased this guitar from a music store in Toronto on a recent trip. It looked so much better in person than in the photos on this site. Kind of like a cheaper Ibanez RG or something. It's a solidly built guitar, and the Floyd Rose is a nice touch. The Floyd itself feels like a licensed product, though, and may need quite a bit of adjustment before I can truly feel comfortable with the quality of this guitar. The sound is nice on it for stock pickups at such a low price. Another thing I like that they don't really show you in the pictures is the contoured heel on the neck. The neck itself feels nice, but not quite as nice as some of the other guitars I own. My favourite thing about this guitar is the value. For $250, what I paid at the store, you basically get all the functionality of a $2000 RG, with enough room to expand the sonic palette cheaply, while still being able to compete. Add some new pickups and upgrade to an Original Floyd, and you've got a winner. It's even a decent guitar as it is. Well-built, and set up quite well from the store. Good buy for a beginner who just wants to start shredding.

       
      5.0

      Exceeded my expectations

      By DarthVader

      from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

      I bought this guitar for my son for Christmas (Dec 2004). He wanted to learn to play, but I was concerned he might not stick with it. i did not want to break the bank on an instrument he may or may not play, but I also wanted a quality instrument so he didn't get discouraged when playing. So I went to the local music store that sell everything from Paul Reed Smith to Ibanez to Richenbacher to BC Rich, and of course Peavey. Guitar rep suggested the Peavey as an excellent overall choice for cost and instrument value.I bought it on his recommendation, and I could not be happier!! The sound quality is clear and wide enough variation amongst the pickup combinations for a young eager learner. Construction seems very solid, and a nice added feature of the 5-screw neck saddle, which gives an added amount of room to approach the higher frets on the neck. My son was ecstatic with this instrument on Christmas morning, and to my surprise and enjoyment, he has made a serious attempt to learn to play and continues to practice daily!Quite simply, the best bang for the buck on any product I have purchased in a long time.

       
      5.0

      nice guitar for the price

      By Shred-EuLgh

      from Marion, Va

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      Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

      This is a nice guitar I play it through a randall rh100 stack, and it will str8 up scream, and hitting squeals are no problem, the floyd is always a plus, though do to extensive use my trem bar falls off, and string changing is a pain to deal with, the action is pretty awsome, the action on my was adjusted due to it being a private buy...but overall a sweet guitar.

       
      5.0

      yup

      By My Last Prayer

      from Kentucky

      Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

      I bought this guitar after i jacked up my Ibanez =[ (RIP)...I play some rly heavy metal...and I'm very abusive with my guitars. I was practicing with my band...decided to throw it over my shoulder and around my body....didn't turn out too good. The guitar went flying into the wall, then bounced off the floor (hard wood floor). I picked it up, noticed a couple dents and a chip in the paint. Amazingly enough...the guitar stayed perfectly in tune! Shocker I know. The guitar is PERFECT for Thrash...Metal...Punk....and soft stuff alike. I strongly recommend this guitar to anyone looking for a great, abusive ready guitar for a good price.

       
      4.0

      Peavey Predator Exp Plus

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

      This is a pretty good guitar and is very helpful if you're a beginner. I would say this because of the fact of the locks. Also, it is kind of tricky figuring out how to change strings at first.

       
      4.0

      Awesome entry-level guitar w/Floyd Rose

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

      I was looking for an entry level guitar that has a floating tremolo that I could learn to play and whammy without fear of de-tuning the strings. My current guitar is an Ibanez GRX and it has a fixed bridge so I was limited in what rock styles I could practice.I noticed that most Floyd Rose tremolo guitars were expensive and my skill level doesn't justify that yet so I decided to check out the Peavey Predator. I have the topez blue and it is sweet; the red is cool as well.This guitar is way beyond my Ibanez. The pickups are much stronger and play distortion clearer on the Predator. I don't want to change to aftermarket pickups in this guitar. I may have to do that for the Ibanez so it will sound more like the Peavey. The neck is silky smooth and the volume/tone knobs are solid. The locking nuts and tuning keys are a little flimsey but since this is a Floyd, then you won't be turning them very much. Also, this is only an inexpensive guitar so some corners were certainly cut. The Floyd tremelo does take some getting use to when you initially tune it. The fine tuning adjusters on the bridge are invaluable. Since I dialed in a proper standard tuning, Ive bent the strings like crazy and the tuning has stayed the same. The stock strings are a bit rough though. I have Earnie Ball Slinky's on my Ibanez that are just butter, so the stock strings here were a harsh awakining for my fingers. I would definately recommend this guitar to anyone learning how to play. I can't give a professional player's opinion because I'm certainly not one. But as a fellow student of the guitar, this is a good stepping stone on the way to better playing and enjoyment.

       
      5.0

      Good Value, Great Guitar

      By Bill Efting

      from Michigan

      Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

      Its no 3000 dollar Gibson thats for sure, but for a guy or gal who just wants to wail like crazy without breaking the bank, this baby works great. I hear alot of complaints about the pickups, but you can easily just spend alittle extra and put in some different ones, stock pickups arn't supposed to be the best (Unless you got something with EMGs etc. factory installed)I use this guitar as a backup and I've actually went out with it before my main one. For the price, you can't go wrong.

       
      2.0

      It's a waste of money

      By EJ8457

      from Las Vegas

      Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

      The bridge didn't let me change the strings. And the pickups sounded muddy.

       
      5.0

      Good guitar for cheap

      By X50

      from Fairmont

      See all my reviews

      Comments about Peavey Predator Plus EXP Guitar:

      Built solidly. I've had mine for almost 2 years now without a problem. The guitar is built well, no shortcutting there. The electronics aren't the best. I don't have the scratchy pots like some do though. The pickups aren't bad for a guitar in this price range, but compared to say SD's or Dimarzio's and you can hear they lack slightly in bass response and treble. That has to do with the basswood body as well, but it would definately be a workhorse of a guitar if you simply upgraded the pups. A good guitar to mod to your own specs.

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