"Worth Reading My Story: As Powerfully Honest as Thor's Hammer is Potent!"
This reviewer purchased this item from Same Day Music.
There are many woods and combinations of woods and bindings that comprise a guitar, giving the instrument a wide spectrum of varying and wonderful sounds(and there are solid, semi-hollow, and hollow electrics--they have bolt-on necks, set necks, set bridges, or neck through bodies, which in turn effect sound). But in the end, the pickup is the engine that makes it all run, and determines, with the wood in mind, what kind of sound and thus pickup you want for your musical style. The Peavey pickup on this model, which it does not name and doesn't even declare that it's a Peavey, is garbage. Peavey makes fine amps, which they're universally known for, but they didn't put that knowledge into the pickup here, for it's so low an overall price for the guitar. They through in a "humbucker", about as vague a pickup description as you can get. They go on about their amp electronics in their add for this guitar more than their electronics housed in this guitar model. There's a reason. Peavey didn't try and traded on reputation.
Features is a tricky thing on guitars. Less bells and whistles doesn't mean an inferior guitar; often the opposite. I let my amp and pedals do most of the sound adjustments for me, setting them as I please. Three features really exist: coil-splitting, whammy bars, and pickup selector/tone controls to get fatter or brigher sounds. This Peavey guitar is either on or off, and its tone knob is of no relevance. But so is the Kramer Baretta. But there's a world of difference there.
Ease of Use:
This guitar is easy to use; it's the preeminent guitar shape, but try to play a chord halfway down the fretboard and you're strumming a series of rubberbands. You can't get a sound worth hearing in this instrument because the guitar won't accomodate it--a major design flaw, I'd say.
The basswood body, maple neck, and rosewood neck is just enough to make the guitar a guitar, as they're often used woods, maple being the outstanding one. I don't dislike the feel of the Peavey instrument, as with the Squire Bullet, which feels plastic, but this Peavey model's bridge, tuning pegs, and playability (action) are untenable. You can't use it.
I've never dealt with a manufacturer of a product. I've dealt with Same Day Music retailer once when years ago I had to cancel an order because I unexpectedly had to put the money into a snow tire on my car. The customer service gentleman was first-rate, and I re-ordered my guitar a few days later on-line once more, and got my chosen instrument in two days, and in excellent condition out of the box. 'Nuff said.
I own guitars from Rickenbackers, to the Kramer Baretta, to Gibsons, to Taylors, to Charvels, to Gretschs (the Corvette is Unreal), to Paul Reed Smiths (best pickups ever on the single-cut model), and a $150 '57 Gibson humbucker model pickup is a better investment than the Peavy model guitar. Humbuckers with a static bridge, by the way, have it way over on single coil set ups with floating tremolos in my opinion, especially blown out through a Marshall amp!
The Wow Factor:
To write this review breaks my heart, for I've been a comic book fan for 25 years. This Thor guitar looks like the great artist Walt Simonson did the work. It catches the eye and is a rare graphic, and that's what low quality guitars tend to do: throw out cool graphics to mollify you into overlooking the instrument's sub-quality. If you are starting out playing guitar, go acoutsic/electric (which means you can amp it). Good models can be had for as little as $250. If you insist on going electric, go with an Epiphone SG-400 (the best sustain ever) or an Epiphone Les Paul with great colors, both for $350, and both with Alnico humbuckers, good clean sounds and they eat distortion like a metal machine that blows the windows out. You'll get quality stuff with Epiphone at $350 (don't go lower)that if you keep it for some years, the expense will run you thirty cents a day in the end. And how did I find a way out of my Peavey Thor problem, you ask? I threw in new tuning pegs, a new bridge, and a Dimebucker pickup. Now it's a passable, poweful lead guitar for once and a while while recording, but 15th in my line up for serious work. But I can afford to have some stupid fun. Still, I should have gotten an Explorer, given the extra money I unwisely invested. But I like Thor. So you, you don't make my mistake and simply throw a color-coordinated Thor sticker on your Epiphone and people will think your eccentric. Excelsior!
I have played guitar for 28 years. I have been around serious musicians and quality equiptment far too long to be a shill for any company or instrument I own or try. As in all my reviews, which have always been cited on this site as reviews to pay attention to, I hope this makes the grade so people might listen what I have to say more seriously; I try to write the review I would want to read, answering questions and evaluating impartially those aspects that most matterered to me when I was considering a purchase, reading reviews for info, and trying to spare the reader the useless sentiments of,"Woo! Kick Ass Thrash! All my friends want one when I blast Deep Purple riffs out my Line 6!" For a $250 axe and a free gig bag? I doubt it. I leave such reviews knowing nothing of substance. So let me guide you, if you will, with what I hope is some quality and simple enough information (if you're new to buying a guitar and getting into the purchasing business, seeing this is so low priced a guitar and a 3/4 size, which calls to the first-timer). This is my last guitar review of many, so I hope it leaves you the wiser as you go forward.