Peavey JF-1 Hollowbody Review

Buy The Peavey JF-1 Hollowbody

Guitar Center:Buy for $299
Amazon: Buy for $349

My Review Of The Peavey JF-1 Hollowbody Electric Guitar

It isn’t often that you find a hollowbody electric guitar for under $300, but the Peavey JF-1 hollowbody clocks in right at $300 (from a number of prominent retailers). Peavey is probably best well known for their excellent amps, but this hollow body electric guitar does not disappoint. When I picked this guitar up, I felt like I was holding a much more expensive guitar. The maple body feels well crafted and it looks absolutely stunning. The one that I tested was the candy red, but it also comes in a traditional sunburst as well as solid black.

One thing that I really like about this guitar is the fact that the neck is connected to the body at a slight angle, which gives you easier access to the upper register of the fretboard. This is something that is quite helpful if you are playing jazz or fusion, which happen to be the types of music that this guitar is designed for among a few others like blues. The stock humbuckers definitely provide a smooth, rich sound, which resonates extremely well through the body of this guitar. The knobs are well placed, feel solid, and they give you 2 volume controls, 2 tone knobs, and a 3-way toggle-switch pickup selector so you’ve got plenty of ability to control your sound.

If there is one downside that I found with this guitar, it is the fact that I felt like it was a touch on the fragile side. Obviously, hollow body guitars are not going to have the same durability as a solid body, so I’d definitely recommend a hard case if you’re thinking about picking up this — or almost any other — hollow body electric guitar.

The Verdict

You probably won’t see BB King picking up one of these, but if you’re looking to get a solid hollow body electric guitar for under 300 dollars, you should definitely be looking at the Peavey JF-1 Hollowbody. This is definitely a worthy competitor for the slightly less expensive Epiphone Dot Studio, and unlike the Epiphone, there isn’t a $250 markup for the sunburst finish.

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Peavey Predator Plus EXP Review

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Guitar Center: Buy for $240
Amazon: Buy for $249

My Review Of The Peavey Predator Plus EXP Electric Guitar

The Peavey Predator Plus EXP is probably one of the biggest surprises I’ve found in reviewing guitars recently.I have been extremely pleased with overall quality of this instrument, and I would quite happily compare this very attractive electric guitar to a lower end Fender or Ibanez. The workmanship that has gone into the body and overall design of the guitar is plainly obvious, even to those who don’t know much about guitars. One thing that I really like about this guitar is the fact that it is available in an extensive range of colors, something that you don’t often get when it comes to Strat-style electrics. I have found that a lot of guitars in this price range have issues with the pick-ups and bridge; however, both on this guitar are perfectly aligned. One of the best things I have found with this guitar is the fact that you can use the tremolo bar and the guitar does not immediately go out of tune. With most guitars in this price range, as soon as you start bending, you need to put the guitar down and retune it.

Another plus point that I have found with this guitar is the fact that it is highly durable. This is great if you’re going to carry the guitar around because you don’t have to worry about it being too delicate like you do with some guitars. The only thing that I would have to complain about is the fact that the finish is not the best quality. That is not to say that it does not look stunning — it does — but I have noticed that it can be susceptible to chipping. Obviously this isn’t a huge flaw and it will only come into play if it gets knocked around, but it can be quite annoying to ruin the way that it looks. It only takes a slight knock to damage the shiny finish.

The Verdict

Overall, I’d say that this guitar is one that is definitely worth looking into if you are looking for a good quality electric guitar for a lower price and it is definitely worth the money.