Saturday, 10 September 2011

Peavey Mantis, another pointy 1980s Made In The USA guitar from Peavey
A few days ago we looked at a Peavey Razer from 1983, which drew mixed comments from Guitarz readers. The only real criticism that made sense to me was that the shape lacked forearm support for the picking hand. Now that isn't a complaint that could be levelled at the contemporaneous Peavey Mantis, pictured here. The Mantis' body design draws together elements of Gibson's Flying V and Explorer models and marries them to a Strat-like maple bolt-on neck. It has a single beefy humbucker in the bridge position (hey, what else would you need on a guitar so obviously intended to appeal to the metal market?) and a Strat-like tremolo.

This example is being offered for sale on eBay with a very reasonable $259.99 Buy It Now price. OK, it's not a top of the line Peavey, but where else are you going to get a 1980s American-made guitar for that kind of money?

G L Wilson

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