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Mar 13th, 2007 07:49 PM        

Peavey Reactor (Tele)
I wanted to get a Telecaster to add to the collection but they seem a little pricey...even used. I stumbled upon a few threads talking about the "Made in USA" Peavey Reactor. Nothing but rave reviews about the quality, sound and action of these guitars. So....I set out to find one and started with the Bay. I purchased a 1994 Reactor with hardshell case for $180. It is black, maple neck, white pick guard. The neck on this guitar is incredible. Fast, no buzz and a nice tone. The pickups in the guitar go from classic "nashville" type clean to a nice crunch when using the bridge. It sounds and plays as good if not better than any Telecaster I have played.

If you want a quality USA built tele style guitar I recommend looking for one of these....you won't be disappointed.


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I am not a complete

idiot - I have several pieces missing!
Mar 14th, 2007 01:20 AM        

Reactors are the real deal. I gig one from time to time even though I have two AV'52RIs, a '72 Tele Deluxe RI, a '50s Classic Esquire, and an upgraded MIM Tele.



Mar 14th, 2007 05:52 AM        

I fixed the link....


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Boy Jeenyus

Mar 14th, 2007 11:17 AM        

I picked one up locally for 80 bucks. The pickups were already replaced with a set from a classic 50's tele.

It's a really nice sounding and playing guitar with a nice beefy neck.

The only gripe I've got with mine is that the stock tuners are a bit junky - an easy and cheap enough fix.


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Santa Monica, CA

cool ocean breezes -- sunny and bright!
Mar 14th, 2007 06:17 PM        

Include me in on the Reactor bandwagon. I have a white one -- the only mod is I had a b-w-b pickguard made to replace the white one ply.



USA/Central Illinois

Thumbody Thtole my Thapler....
Apr 5th, 2007 08:31 PM        

I've had two; one red one with "normal tele pickups. I got it for $100, sold it for that; :DHOH!!! Found a gorgeous sunburst one with blade-type pickups; like a fool, sold it at a pawn shop, went back and bought it back four months later (He said he couldn't sell the dumb thing because it said "Peavey" on it.) I got it back for what I had gotten for it earlier, nearly unheard of in the pawn industry. It won't get away again. Best bridge pickup of any "tele" I have, and I've got an American, Classic 50s, and G&L Asat Classic.


Lincoln, Nebraska

May 12th, 2007 11:46 AM        


I have a Reactor also and would like to change the tuners out. What did you put on yours?

Tony Salieri

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Houston, TX, USA

Sucking can be a good thing.
May 12th, 2007 12:21 PM        

Satch. nice score! If I played righty (the switch is under consideration), I'd have a room full of Peavey USA guitars.

Schundog, the pawnshops here overprice Peaveys, then hang onto them forever! If you catch the right clerk at the right time, you might get offered 15-20% off.



Jun 20th, 2007 06:26 AM        

I received a Reactor yesterday. I cannot believe how good it sounds. I am not surprised by how well it plays. I have a Peavey Falcon Custom (a strat like guitar). The Falcon plays better than anything I have played including the Reactor. The Reactor still plays really well and I love the twang.

Peaveys are way underrated.

super mario

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tone to the bone no other way
Dec 31st, 2013 11:15 AM        

Stumbled on this old thread while looking up Peavey Reactors. Can truthfully add this is a well built guitar - my current #1 is a Reactor AX body (white translucent finish over ash) with a all maple Reactor neck set-up to mimic a Hot Rodded '52, i.e. Duncan mini-bucker in the neck, Duncan Broadcaster in a Wilkinson compensated brass barrel bridge. I have as a project the original Reactor body (installing a bookmatched walnut cap over the poplar body) with the Reactor AX neck - question is - one pick up ala Esquire or two, vintage Tele....either way it will be a great guitar as well. Pick of #1 in my profile under Sunday rig...



Jan 22nd, 2014 04:40 AM        

The old Peavey's are the real deal. Try a T-60. Great fat tone and tremendous versatility.<br /> <br /> I've had mine for almost 30 years. Mine has the blade humbuckers (stock in the mid 80's) and is gloss black. Great guitar. Very underated which is a good thing because you can still pick them up at auction for around $400.

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