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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.
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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...
Most Liked Negative Review
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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When I first started playing an electric guitar, it was my Peavey Raptor. Not only was i thrilled to have it, but it sounded really good to me. Nearly 10 yrs later i still have it, some instruments come and go but i always held on to it for sentimental reasons. I've recently had a Washburn and currently play on an Ibanez RG2ex1, if it wasn't for the raptor being a good first guitar , I don't believe I would be a happy owner of a better guitar today. The price is unbeatable, but it is not good for heavy metal riffs, excellent to start off on and practice chords.
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.
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.
This guitar is ok for the fact that it has a humbucker on it, it does go out of tune easily with the wammy on it though, the shape I dislike especially the pickguard therefor I would never buy, it does have good sensitivity for some tapping if you've got it in a good amp, I played it in my 150 watt amp so you do the math, overall it's ok if you want an odd looking guitar that works decently.
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!
its ok guitar gets a decent sound but wouldent necesarily recomend the guitar i would get a higher quality guitar maybe one thats more solid
I used this for learning and my first gig and its lasted out. The volume knob is easily turned if u palm mute alot. It happened on stage. But its great. Throw duct tape on it for guitar spins though.
I bought this guitar about a year ago, and am somewhat pleased with it, although the neck pickup gives mad feedback, I took out the screws of the humbucker so it sits loosley inside the body of the guitar, it gives it a tinny rock and roll sound, really buddy holly. Many people say it goes out of tune quickly, but I don't think so. Plus the paint job is nice (I got the natural purple). With a good distortion pedal, it sounds pretty good, but again the feedback from the neck pickup is pretty bad with high gain or distortion on.
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.
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.