The new Peavey HP2 is a seriously cool-looking, dual humbucker design with origins in a certain ‘signature model’ from the company’s past. It seems Peavey have splashed out on this Floyd Rose-equipped hot-rodded guitar. But can it live up to the venerable guitar model that inspired it?
Built in America, this instrument is based on the old EVH Signature model formerly produced by Peavey. The “HP” is a tribute to Hartley Peavey, the company’s founder. First off, I have to say that I own an old Peavey EVH and they are one hell of a guitar, and so much fun to play. This new version of the design looks great to my eye and has all the classic features that many players associate with the design.
Classic Hot Rod
With a basswood body and a book matched flame maple top with edge binding, it looks classy in the turquoise blue fade shown in the promo shots from Peavey. It comes with a one-piece maple neck which has 22 jumbo frets and a 3×3 headstock design that uses Schaller pearl button tuners.
The necks are reinforced by two carbon graphite rods, so tuning and intonation should be rock solid. I also love the use of the spoke-wheel-style truss rod adjustment at the base of the neck, which makes it so easy to adjust your guitar’s neck tension and accommodate any quick changes dues to string gauge changes.
A locking Peavey licensed Floyd Rose bridge system keeps everything in tune and Peavey have double wax dipped the custom high output humbuckers to keep them quiet at high gain. A three-way toggle switch controls the pickup selection and both the Volume and Tone control knobs are push/pull, which enables you to split each humbucker, thus allowing you to get single-coil-like tones from either.
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