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Peavey Raptor Plus EXP Guitar

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The Raptor Plus sets an unprecedented standard in quality and innovation with technological features never before seen on a guitar in this price rang...Click To Read More About This Product

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A screamin' double-cut tone machine for an astoundingly low price.

The Raptor Plus sets an unprecedented standard in quality and innovation with technological features never before seen on a guitar in this price range! 25-1/2" scale. Solidbody construction with new styling for better ergonomics and balance. Wide top pole piece single-coil pickups for bigger string window with more focus and Powerbend tremolo bridge bring out the raging animal within. New dual expanding truss rod with wrenchless, easy-access adjustment wheel plus 6-in-a-line headstock with ergonomic tuner placement and straight string pull provide great action and tuning stability. Master volume and tone controls. 5-way pickup selector and hum canceling in 2nd and 4th positions.

25-1/2" scale
Solidbody construction
New styling
New dual expanding truss rod with adjustment wheel
Wide top pole piece single coil pickups
Powerbend tremolo bridge
Peavey 6-in-a-line headstock
Ergonomic tuner placement
Straight string pull
Master volume and tone controls
5-way pickup selector, hum canceling in 2nd and 4th positions

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Most Liked Positive Review


Good guitars in need of a set-up!

Bought it yesterday, as part of the Peavey stage pack, at a local music shop. I own many top of the line instruments (strats and pauls) and wanted something cheap to play...Read complete review

Bought it yesterday, as part of the Peavey stage pack, at a local music shop. I own many top of the line instruments (strats and pauls) and wanted something cheap to play at breaks or at lunchtime at the office. I was amazed at how much you can get for little money. Right out of the box I was not really impressed, but with a good set-up (intonation, new strings, neck and pick-ups adjustment), it plays well and sounds fine.Like most low cost guitars, these are not set-up at the factory, but compared to other brands,Peavey offers very good quality in this price range.Don't expect the same level of craftmanship as say, an american-made strat. I think people who criticize the Raptor don't know how much a good set-up can change the sound and playability of a guitar like this. Soundwise, it's very good for down-home blues/rock style, a little weak for metal, not enough presence and clarity for jazz.Anyway, you can't go wrong with this guitar and won't cry if you bang it against the coffee table or drop it during fits of crazy soloing.The amp is also amazing, but the speaker is a little small, with limited projection. It's OK for living room practice, with a good range of decent sounds.All in all, I recommend it for beginners and more experienced players who want a good all-around instrument. Ask you dealer for a new set of strings (they often will give it at no extra cost) and ask for a good set-up , you won't regret it...


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Very poor quality

I bought this guitar, figuring I'd have a decent sounding and playing guitar that I can be pretty careless with, seeing as my only other guitar at the time was a Gibson SG....Read complete review

I bought this guitar, figuring I'd have a decent sounding and playing guitar that I can be pretty careless with, seeing as my only other guitar at the time was a Gibson SG. First of all, the hardware is horrible. The tuners are very stiff, and slip a lot on the E and B strings. The whammy bar wobbles very much, even when its stiff to turn, and it does not return to pitch at all. I have to retune this guitar after every bend, no matter how small. The neck has no finish on it, and its very hard to play on, considering the rough grade maple that appears to never have even been sanded properly (I got a sliver once). The body started separating at the glue joints after a month. And let me tell ya, the body was about 10 pieces, of low-grade basswood or something. The pickups are horrible, especially the humbucker. The single coils sound like a cheap underwound humbucker, but they hum plenty. The humbucker is too fat sounding, it cannot go clean at all. The neck joint is sloppy too, this guitar has absolutely no sustain or tone. The frets...don't get me started on the frets. They were all shiny and new when I got the guitar, but for some reason, they're rusty...yes rusty. I didn't know frets rusted :-SVerdict: I traded 'er in for a Simon and Patrick S&P 6 Mahogany Spruce...which is absolutely amazing by the way. Hope this review helps.

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A Good Guitar

By Man on the Geetar saying WAHOO

from Kansas

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This was my first guitar and played on it for 3 years. The five way switch allowed me to get wonderfully different sounds and is the guitar's best feature. This guitar is great for a beginner and I highly recommend it for starting students.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


The Raptor

By RockerGuy

from Texas

I got this for my first guitar and I have used it for three and a half years now. It has held up incredibly! I am now looking around for a new guitar and it is hard to find one. I have to look at 400 dollar or more guitars that can offer more. This guitar is simply an awesome beginner guitar. I will never sell it (unless I could trade for a Gibson, wont happen). So stop buying those Squiers and get a Peavey!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


good guitar for the money

By tommy from ok

from Oklahoma

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This guitar in my opinion is good for the money, i think it sounds great for a cheap one. I've been playing for 11 years, and i like it, I chaned out some parts on it, and now its great.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


I love this guitar.

By guitarboyds

from MIlton, MA

So I started when I was 4 with this guitar. When I was about 8 I got an Epiphone Les Paul. Then I traded the Les Paul in for a Gibson SG. I loved the SG and completely neglected this one. So I installed a killswitch in the peavey and tried it out. All I did was intinise(or whatever) and adjust the trust rod. I'm only 13 but I really love this guitar. I've had it for 9 years and I will not get rid of it. It plays like my SG and barely goes out of tune. Get this guitar!

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Quite the bad guitar...

By WackoWizard

from Humboldt, CA

This is a good guitar for people who dont know what a good guitar feels like. I got this as part of the Peavey stage pack and it was a fun instrument to learn on...but the fun stopped there. The thing goes out of tune if you look at it the wrong way, the pickups barf feedback constantly and make anything you play sound so noisy and nasty that no one in their right mind would want to listen to even the worst metal song played on this thing. The truss rod is useless and is actually loose inside the neck. Overall, you get what you pay for. Don't expect to use this guitar for anything except learning on. I naively thought it was decent until I played my buddies cheap Ibanez that he got in a similar starter pack and found it to be better in every way.


Pretty Good

By Hippieman08

from Schenevus NY

This Guitar was my first electric, I think its really good for its price. The only problems i had were the whammy bar works better then the guitar can handle, often untuning it, however with adjustments from my local guitar shop, I can easily drop it way down and have it come back in tune, I still play this guitar and it is well worth the buy. With some adjustments you can also have action lower then anything with no buzzing.



By TheMan-JuUML

from Los Angeles, CA

Everything was great. The jack comes loose. Other than that, it's a great guitar, especially for the price.


This guitar sucks!

By Ibanezman182_2000

from Southport, NC

I hate this guitar! After the 2nd day of playing this, the amp cord system screwed up. After that, a string broke and the bridge started falling off! All in all, this guitar sucks!



By Metal Massacre

from sanger

the guitar has a pretty good sound and its one of my faves to use and recently i found out how strong the whammy bar is....i dive bombed it and the bridge didnt mess up at all it was kool so...its a good guitar



By Chad Green

from Davenport, IA

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My friend bought this as a pack. It included a peavey 10 watt amp and a gig bag and what not. Its awful. Both of the pick ups fell off. The output has fallen off for the third maybe fourth time and it doesnt sound good at all. Even if he upgraded his amp, I'm convinced it would still sound like crap. Big waste of money.


georgia coon dog

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Better guitar than a Squier, Ibanez, or Jackson. Faster action neck,Switch could be of a better quality.


Awesome Guitar!!

By Arsonite

from Prince Albert, Canada

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This isn't real fancy or anything but it's a really good, quality guitar. It stands lots of abuse from playing on stage and still retains the same raw sound that I love and use. Recommended for all beginners!



By Music Psycho

from Jackson, Ga

Good guitar. I'm new at this whole thing but it's good for playing rhythm guitar with all types of music. Hums sound when in distortion and strings aren't completely stopped, but which doesn't? Overall, good guitar with nice sound and quality.



By yourmomtom

from Great Falls, MT

Produces a very flat, dull sound when you're not using effects (distortion specifically)


Very Good Beginner

By idiot85204

from Mesa

This was my first guitar and I've had nothing but good expierences with it. Obviously it's cheap so don't be expecting a top of the line gibson or anything. I think this is very very good deal, definitely for beginners.


Decent Starter Guitar

By ShredYourFaceOff13

from Anonymous

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This was my first guitar 4 years ago and it comes out of the box ok. The pickups leave alot to be desired, and the hardware kind of sucks once you get a Les Paul. If you switch the pickups, and the tailpiece, it's a pretty decent little guitar. Definitely good for starters.


decent starter guitar

By retribution-I_y5q

from jacksonville,FL

I had this guitar for my first. It was pretty decent I got good sound from it, and only had to change the string twice. I give most of the sound to my roland microcube amp, and also my ibanez ibz10g amp. If you have this guitar try these amps with your ax and see the results.



By beebop88

from georgia

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this guitar is great for beginners. i wish it had an extra fret or two, and it gets out of tune if you play too hard. But other than that it is good, great for the price.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Really bad pick ups

By Alocer7138

from Undisclosed

This was my first guitar, its ok if you just wanna try out playing guitar but, if you gonna wanna play a lot don't buy this. The pick ups are very bad.


Great first guitar

By redleg_arty

from Forrest City, AR

My first new electric! Great tonal variety. Intonation correct, string height ok!

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