Thursday, 5 July 2012

Another pointy guitar for 1980s hair-metal throwbacks: the Peavey Mystic  
I'm going to be really lazy here and copy information that the eBay seller of this Peavey Mantis already copied from Peavey themselves:
PEAVEY manufactured the MYSTIC between 1983 and 1986. The neck is made from hard rock maple using Peavey's patented bilamination construction to prevent twisting and warping. Inside the neck, between the two maple laminates is a fully adjustable steel truss rod - with rolled threads. This truss rod is adjustable at the nut end, using Peavey's adjustment tool. the guitar has a slant peg head design, with all six machineheads in a straight line.

The body is made from unspecified hardwood, and finished in weather and mark resistant polyester-urethane. It has a double cutaway and rib-cage contour for ease of upper fret access and playing comfort. The body style has a conventional double cutaway couple with two large horns: like a combination of a Strat and Flying V.

The pickups are very high output full-range humbuckers with blade pole pieces using a unique patented dual/single coil circuit. This allows humbucking or single coil operation of either or both pickups through rotation of the tone controls. The pickups are fully shielded and potted to reduce microphones and electrical interference.

The circuit used in the guitar allows a wide tonal range, without the use of active electronics. The three position pickup selector toggle switch (military grade apparently) allows each pickup to be used independently, or both together when in the middle position. When in this position their tonalities can be blended with the tone control. There is a single volume control which operates both pickups, and two tone controls: one for each pickup.

The guitar uses medium-heavy fret wire: with 18% nickel silver construction. There are 23 frets in total, with a scale lenght of 24.75 inches.

 The chrome plated machine heads have a 14:1 gearing ratio. The nut is made from polycarbonate.

The guitar has a neck tilt adjustment feature, which is used in conjunction with the truss rod adjustment to set the perfect string angle.
The Peavey Mystic could, I suppose, be considered a sibling to the Peavey Mantis and the Peavey Razer, all three models coming from the same era; some would say they were virtually the same guitar offered in a three different crazy body shapes.

This particular guitar is currently listed on eBay with a Buy It Now price of $289.99 - now how often can you pick up a genuine all-American-made guitar for that kind of money these days?

G L Wilson

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  1. These old Peaveys are really great guitars. I bought a white T-60 a few months ago. Definitely worth the money. I'm sure the prices will be sky-rocketing soon.

    1. Not sure about skyrocketing, but the VALUE is def. there. Vintage Guitar mag. delights in the fact other investments, real estate, stocks, bonds etc. languish while collectible guitars have held their prices and in the face of recession, have in some cases, appreciated!

      Well, assuming we're talking about a playable collection ( vice vault ) the sheer amount of economic -downside- one potentially subjects themself to by forking over $30k for a Strat/LP isn't limited to the $30k. Appraisal fees, insurance and storage/repair costs should be factored in.

      Something a Peavey collector won't be forced to contend with. For a time anyway...

    2. Yeah, they're built like tanks. I suppose they might not be sky-rocketing any time soon, but if a big time artist were to come around playing one, I'm sure it's very possible. Just look at what Jack White and Dan Auerbach have done for Airlines/Nationals/Harmonies/Kays.

  2. You'd have to throwback to the 80's to find a point where I had hair? More and more I'm not blowing off these Peavey offerings. Amps, the whole deal. The finish looks like the red rubber insulation you get w/ a pair of elecrical pliers but I understand why.

  3. I owned three T-40 basses between 1980 and 1992 (they kept getting stolen). Those basses were heavy, but they had endless sustain, huge humbucking pickups, ultra-heavy-duty hardware and a passive circuit (coil-fade for each pickup, plus phase switch) that could make them sound like a Precision, a Jazz, a Ricky, a string bass or even a tuba! No, I'm not kidding. I used to play mine in a trad jazz band.

    The Razer, Mantis and Mystic still use the original Peavey pickups and chunky die-cast hardware, as well as a cut-down version of that amazing passive circuity, so whoever buys this is in for a treat. Shame that Peavey seems to have thrown away all its originality since then.

  4. Gotto love old Peaveys, I recently restored my old T-15 to original condition, which was not easy, I actually had to buy another T-15 to get the needed parts.



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