Peavey guitars have a long and storied history, associated with one of the largest names in the music business, Hartley Peavey. Few people know it, but Peavey revolutionized the way guitar would be made in the 1970’s, and the company’s influence on guitar manufacturing is far-reaching.
Hartley Peavey challenged the conventional way of manufacturing guitars, insisting that computerized machinery (i.e. CNC machines) could be used to produce guitars of consistent build quality and at a low cost. In the 1970s and early 80s, Peavey produced electric guitars that were inexpensive and solid choices for beginning and intermediate players. While they had not yet made inroads into the professional niche, they were laying the foundation for the future.
Now, every major guitar builder uses CNC machinery to lower costs and improve quality consistency, which is all partly due to Peavey’s influence. Furthermore, Peavey’s guitars and basses now command respect as both beginner and professional quality instruments.
While Peavey had long been respected as a manufacturer of P. A. equipment and guitar amplifiers, it wasn’t until they started making Van Halen’s Wolfgang guitars that professionals started seeing their electric guitars as more than inexpensive beginner-level instruments. While Van Halen is no longer associated with Peavey, the quality of Peavey Guitars is now universally respected. Popular models include the HP Signature Series, the HP Special (based on the previous Peavey Wolfgang), the Jazz Fusion Series, and the the Omniac Series.