1977 Peavey PA-200 Mixer Amp

There’s something about these 70’s solid state amps. They come from an era when watt ratings seemingly counted for little. They’re always far louder than they should be! It supposedly puts 120 watts into a 4 ohm cab but, I can tell you, this thing will take heads clean off shoulders when cranked.

It takes pedals extremely well and the spring reverb tank sounds incredible. Nice and old school.

This one is in super good condition. The best I’ve seen. The leather pads in the centre of the knobs are all present. Usually, they’ve long since fallen off due to the glue sucking.

Each channel has a gain (volume) knob, an effect knob (to blend in the reverb tank) and a Low and High knob. Set to 12 o’clock, the knobs are at zero. So, turn them left and you’re cutting a frequency, turn them right and you’re boosting. The amount of overall reverb is controlled by a knob to the right of the unit.

I became interested in these, as a lot of people did, after finding out the Greg Ginn, of Black Flag, used one.

PA amps make super cool guitar and bass heads. You can even split your signal and use more than one channel at a time. Great for experimenting.

Here’s a video of me playing guitar and bass through it. The dirt comes from a TC Electronic Mojo Mojo Overdrive Pedal.

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Peavey T-60 Guitar with EGC Aluminium Bolt on Neck

I recently heard Peavey T-60’s described as “hipster gold, right now”. And while I’m no hipster, I do kinda get where they were coming from.

Peavey started manufacturing their T range of guitars and basses in the late 70’s. The T-60’s were allegedly the first guitars to be precision CNC milled out of blocks of wood.

They’re ridiculously well made. Over engineered to the teeth. For example, there’s an abundant 19 screws holding the pick guard on, alone.

All hardware is Peavey branded. Tuners, bridge, knobs, you name it.

So it’s a wonder to me, why it’s taken them so long to earn their “hipster gold” badge.

In recent years, they’ve become popular in the hardcore / punk scene. Probably because of their solid ruggedness and ability to withstand many a brutal thrashing about on stage.

Their for sale price has jumped up significantly, especially in the rarer finishes, like mine. I paid £400 for it and I’ve since seen people asking double that.

The wooden stock Peavey neck, is one of the best I’ve ever played. It’s maple and has a nice, thin profile and a 12″ radius. Very similar to the Electrical Guitar Company neck that I replaced it with.

Which brings me to the next part.. The aluminium neck!

I had this made by the Electrical Guitar Company, in Florida. I saw that Kevin (owner) was going to be doing a run of these necks via the Aluminium Axes Facebook group. (This seems to be the only place he announces when he’ll be doing a run).

The T-60 has the same square neck pocket measurements as a Fender Telecaster. The EGC square heel should fit both so that is what I ordered. After a three month wait, I finally got the neck home to find it didn’t quite fit. Panicked briefly.. And then set about sanding the neck pocket by hand. It took about and hour but I finally managed to get it in, snug.

The T-60 had the old toaster style pickups, which are famously duller sounding than the blades that the later models where fitted with. Well, the neck brightened up the tone, no end. It looks cool as heck and plays like a dream. I’ve kept the old maple neck because I can’t bare to part with it. Maybe I’ll put it on a telecaster one day. But I’m sure I’ll never want to put it back on the Peavey, as awesome as it is.

One last thing to add.. This guitar does weigh a ton.. 10lbs, to be exact. It’s not for the feint hearted!

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