I own a Rickenbacker330, an Epiphone Dot, and a few Acoustic guitars, this seems to fit right in with the collection. I did have a T-60 in the early 80s, but it got stolen along with other guitars I had, I just happened to run accross this one at my local music shop and it was an instaint MUST HAVE! It has a "fast" neck, a comfortable feel, and is an all around value. you get more bang for your buck with a Peavy T-60.
Model Year: 1980
Where Obtained: Strains of Music, Waynesville NC
This American made Guitar serves many needs as a stage guitar as well as a studio insturment. The first Electric Guitar Made by Peavey in Meridian Mississippi, The T-60 is often compaired with the Fender Stratacastor in looks, Personaly I think it owes its look more to the Gibson ES-335. With a maple neck and body this guitar has the sustain and the ringing tones of almost any guitar you could compare it to. The tone pots control the pickups in a unique way as to make them single coils when turned past five. The example I personaly own is a natural colored Double cutaway guitar with a black pick guard. Six to a side tuners can be found on the head, and an adjustable bridge (very Fender like) with string through body routing is an added bonus. The controls are in the two volume, two tone configureation with the three way switching. Another smaller switch is involved near the knobs, this is for added brightness.
My prefered action is a low, almost but not quite buzzing setting so I can make bends very easily. the set up can be done with an alan wrench and a little patience. Any experienced Guitar tech or musician can do a set up on this guitar.The neck is one of the thinest necks ive ever experienced playing on. Wonderful fit in my hand, as I have a fairly large grip. Naturaly you will find better guitars at a more expensive price, but dollar for dollar, If you can find a Peavey T-60, BUY IT! This being my second T-60, I have yet to find any flaws in the workmanship, or the quality of the Guitar
I have used this guitar through a 10 watt Park Amp, and also through a Marshall 80 watt Solid state amp. Both have given me sound that I expected. From clear bell like tones, to heavy distorted sounds. Also I have ran it through a Zoom 505 pedal. Great things came to me while using this combination. This guitar would fit into any style of music from country to Metal without much changing of the tone and volume controls. The sound is anything from full warm rich Gibson like sound to a jangly Rickenbacker sound with the pickups in the single coil configuration. A bonus is that you can put one pickup in the single coil mode without having to do the other, meaning a great plethera of sounds can come from this guitar. never noisy, no hummmm from the guitar at all. In my opinion this guitar could be used in either a stage setting or for studio project work
Being a heaver than average guitar, I would have to compare the weight to a Les Paul Gibson, I would want a VERY comfortable strap for live playing. The Peavey T-60 is reliable enough for live playing. I used one in the late 80s as my main stage guitar. Being a used guitar that is almost twenty two years old, the hardware, pickups, and truss rod needs no adjustments. The intonation is as close to perfect as I could get it, im sure a more profesional tech could get it dead on.
I regularly recommend these guitars to everyone. I would replace if stolen. I plan to buy a few more over the next few years. I would like one with rosewood FB too. I also plan to purchase a T-15 for my young son to learn on.
Model Year: 1978
Where Obtained: Pawn Shop
USA made, first to develop CAD/CAM in guitar construction. I believe the body is ash, maple neck/fingerboard. 21 med fret. Dual tone and vol controls. 3 way switch with phase switch. Coil splitters work via tone controls. Tone set 0-7 is Humbucker. 7 and above, single coil. Guitar was originally black. Some clown painted it with house paint. I was able to refinish it and now it has a clear coat. Gotoh tuners, string-thru, hardtail bridge.
The action and neck on this guitar is of the best quality available.
Play it throuh a variety of amps and for direct recording. Has every sound that I ever need. I have to have a second guitar for whammy bar work, but this one is fine for everything else, especially slide work.
This guitar is a rock. After all of the abuse it's seen, it is still just as solid as ever. I rewired the controls and reshielded the control cavity (the bozo that had it before had it shielded with crumpled up tin foil!!)
I needed a guitar with either humbuckers or a really stronger sound. I looked at several Godin guitars (The LGx in particular), several American Strats, a PRS and several Gibsons.
I chose this one because of the range of sound and the the uniqueness of the guitar. Although there are a million of them out there... you rarely see them being played.
Model Year: 1981
Where Obtained: Alan's Discount Music
These guitars were made here in the USA. The neck is a beautiful maple with 22 frets and 6 strings. There are 4 knobs - each pickup has its own volume and tone. There is a three way selector to choose between front, both and back pickups. The tone knobs can be tapped to give you a humbucker or a single coil sound. There is also a phase switch to throw the pickups out of phase (what ever that means...)
TThe electronics are passive and the pickups are some Peavey configuration that look like railroad tracks. The finish on this one is a deep burgundy although they make them in several sunburts and natural finishes.
The body is a double cutaway and the bridge is string-thru body. The tuners are enclosed Peavey non-locking tuners.
The guitar is very adjustable. Each string can be adjusted higher or lower individually, and there also is a neck tilt adjustment screw.
The neck is smaller than that of the strat, so that makes it more playable for me.
This guitar is 20 years old and it looks better than a lot of guitars that I have seen around and produces a wider range of sound than most.
Before I purchased this guitar, I played through a Line6 Flextone, a Johnson Millenium, and a Traynor. I think you can play almost any type of amp well.
This guitar is also really suited for any type of music. Since it can have a humbucker or single coil configuration, front/back/both pickup configuration - tone control - I have used it for everything from Jazz to Metal to Punk and Funk.
I think the guitar would be better suited for studio than stage because there are so many different ways that you can tweek the guitar in order to achieve the sound that you want. When I play live, I like a more simple set up.