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Couldn't help it, bought a rare hot rocker.

Post by The Chad on Mon Sep 26, 2011 1:11 pm

Alright, so ya'll know of my peculiar taste in guitars. Shiny red, strange pointy goodness, obscurity, and humbuckers. Laughing So in keeping with such wonderful oddities, looky at what I stumbled accross.

Warning: She ain't for the faint of heart! She had me at first glance. Which was more of a stare of awe, actually. Shocked









Peavey Vandenberg, initial run from 1988 and 1989 (not sure yet which year this one is yet, I'll find out soon), from the Vandenberg Signature Series of only 3000 made, manufactured in the good ol' USA. Slight arch top, fiddle cuts, reverse headstock, sunfire red. This is the original Peavey Vandenberg, the one started the cult following. Supposedly these have a magical neck. Suspect Well not literally magical, but you know what I mean. Laughing

Pickups are on an intentional 9 degree angle to line up the pole pieces and provide more bottom end balance. This one is a dual humbucker Vandy, which is odd because all I'd ever seen were in a H-S combo. Although there have been variations noted with 1st Series Vandenbergs like this one, factory specials and such. So either I've got a retro fit humbucker in place of the single coil, or this is an ultra rare factory variation. I'll know when I get it. Either way I'm happy, gotta have a humbucker in the bridge, I like it that way.

Can't wait to get my hand on it.

Normally I would say that I can't wait to get my hands (plural) on it, but seeing as how I'm in this blasted itchy, hot, miserable arm-tomb of a cast, I'll only be able to get my left hand on it. Mad Laughing [url][/url]

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Post by corsair on Mon Sep 26, 2011 3:42 pm

Regardless of what the others say, Chad - I like it; very cool indeed!

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Post by The Chad on Mon Sep 26, 2011 4:15 pm

Thanks John! It's not for everybody, that's for sure, so I'm expecting some of us on here to hate it! Laughing And I won't blame them either, it is a distinct love it or hate it type of guitar! :heart:

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Post by grogg on Mon Sep 26, 2011 5:26 pm

I hate it but then again I love it for its eccentricity.

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Post by Iceman on Mon Sep 26, 2011 7:52 pm

I am safe to assume that this is my man Adrian's signature axe?

To channel Forrest Gump for the moment... "I like it alot" Razz:

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Post by hobster on Tue Sep 27, 2011 3:22 pm

I like it Chad! I'm a child of the metal years and those guitars will always have a place in my heart. It reminds me a little of my Vandenberg Fernandes neck thru from 87, which was what he played prior to those. Reverse headstock, similar neck from what i've heard. Super slim and fast.
On another note, i remember seeing the band Vandenberg open for Rush in Rotterdam back in 83 (my 1st concert), then i saw him again with Whitesnake (Vaisnake). Tasteful player in a time of shredders.

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Post by mortarman120gang11c on Wed Sep 28, 2011 5:36 pm

These are great guitars. My wifes sisters husband has been giggin regularly with his for over 13 years and it still rocks out very well. Construction and build quality are top notch and this is one tough Axe indeed. the sound and resonance of the wood must be heard in person to appreciate. You will love it trust me.Great score

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Post by Barry on Wed Sep 28, 2011 10:26 pm

"Eccentric" is indeed the right word methinks.
Interesting orientation of the 'buckers, and the headstock is reminiscent of a Kramer.

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Post by The Chad on Thu Sep 29, 2011 10:35 am

Thanks guys, I'm real excited to get my hand on her. Should be arriving tomorrow, so it'll be new guitar day!!! Love those days.

Reminds me of a Ferrari or something. I wonder if it will feel like it looks. We'll find out soon. Cool

Good to hear that the Vandy's are top notch quality and withstand years of gigging, because it'll be getting it! One day I wanna get another red Dynasty to gig with. Very Happy The one I've got is way too perfect to gig on. Mad

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Post by Iceman on Thu Sep 29, 2011 3:12 pm

The Chad wrote: Thanks guys, I'm real excited to get my hand on her....

....when I was a young man, di-da-deedle-deedle....

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Post by caucajun on Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:14 pm

i can't believe what peavey has become. we all played 'em cuz that's what we could afford.......but we laughed.......... Laughing "that ol' peavey trash..."............ Laughing

now they're "vintage" Suspect

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Post by The Chad on Thu Sep 29, 2011 6:42 pm

caucajun wrote:i can't believe what peavey has become. we all played 'em cuz that's what we could afford.......but we laughed.......... Laughing "that ol' peavey trash..."............ Laughing

now they're "vintage" Suspect

Isn't that what people said of the Uncle Mat's, too?! Laughing

The old USA and early Korean Peavey's are of a great build quality, yet have lost resale value and are not respected as great guitars the way that they should be. You can still pick them up fairly cheap, they're somewhat of a secret, a real sweet instrument of excellent quality. Does that sound like any other brands that you may know of and love, hmmm?! scratch Laughing The secret is getting out however. The same way it is with our beloved Westies.

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Post by Warrn on Fri Sep 30, 2011 5:46 am

I own four Peavey basses for a reason. Smile

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Post by mortarman120gang11c on Fri Sep 30, 2011 8:56 am

I have a teaburst T60 and a natural T40 and they are built solid and play and sound great. The T40 is a Heavey one to say the least.

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Post by DuoFuzz on Fri Sep 30, 2011 12:51 pm

Yeah, I got this Peavey Horizon II Custom in a fetching shade of pearl pink!

The body shape was trade marked and comically called "Naturalite", yet, it to weighs a ton. clown

The fit and finish is top notch on these US era models, cool stuff like the hardware being triple chrome plated for instance.

DAN.

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Post by The Chad on Fri Sep 30, 2011 1:40 pm

DuoFuzz wrote:Yeah, I got this Peavey Horizon II Custom in a fetching shade of pearl pink!

The body shape was trade marked and comically called "Naturalite", yet, it to weighs a ton. clown

The fit and finish is top notch on these US era models, cool stuff like the hardware being triple chrome plated for instance.

DAN.

cheers Wow that's PINK!!! They made a pink Vandenberg too, but in a different shade. The Vandy pinks look like bubble gum. Or a piggy. pig

That's a nice guitar Dan, good score. As girly and sissy hued as it is, good score. Laughing Just kidding. Wink

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Post by Warrn on Fri Sep 30, 2011 6:34 pm

mortarman120gang11c wrote:I have a teaburst T60 and a natural T40 and they are built solid and play and sound great. The T40 is a Heavey one to say the least.
You hade vintage Peaveys there and I didn't get to play them?? Sad

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Post by mortarman120gang11c on Sat Oct 01, 2011 10:41 am

Yes they were in the cases during Electrafest as I wanted to focus on the Electras and westones. Sorry but you have an open invite to come up anytime to play them. I have a natural finish T40 Bass and a teaburst T60 model.
Here are a few pics of the T60 will have to get some of the T40 for you. http://s975.photobucket.com/albums/ae233/mortarman120gang11c/Mortarman120gangs%20Peavey%20Instruments/

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Post by Warrn on Sat Oct 01, 2011 4:35 pm

That's a beauty! I will certainly stop by next time I get the chance. Smile

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Post by anaerobe on Wed Oct 05, 2011 11:38 am

Who makes the pickups?

Warrn, I looked at an old local T40 a month ago, really high mileage but very nice tone. They are built to last.

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