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Cliff Kane


From:
the late great golden state
Post Posted 27 Jul 2008 10:42 pm     Reply with quote

Hi,
what can you all tell me about the Peavey T-60 six string guitars? I know that people like them, do you know what the difference is between the different years? I think the pickups changed over the years?
I need an electric six string to play while I finish my Stratocaster project, and I've heard that these are decent guitars and can be bought for not too much money (that's good for me with my current budget). BTW, if any one has one they'd like to part with, please let me know.

Thank you,
Cliff
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Charles Davidson


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Phenix City Alabama, USA
Post Posted 27 Jul 2008 10:49 pm     Reply with quote

Cliff,years ago when the T-60 came out bought one of the first around,I loved it,I have short fingers and the neck on it was wonderful.Great guitar[of course this is just MY opinion.]DYKBC.
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Dave Mudgett


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Central Pennsylvania
Post Posted 28 Jul 2008 9:20 am     Reply with quote

Peavey T-60 - good, solid guitar for a reasonable price. One of the first guitars made on CNC machines, much ballyhooed at the time.

Generally, they have fairly heavy ash bodies, two-piece maple neck (to my recollection), and an innovative pickup and control system which blends the humbucking coil in and out as the tone controls are lowered and raised. Good-sounding pickups, to my tastes. I don't recall anything about the pickups changing - all the ones I've played had that same system.

Disadvantages to me - Charlie's correct, the necks I've played had a small profile, to my tastes, and as I said before, they're pretty heavy.

I had an 80s Peavey Patriot for a long time - it was lighter and the neck was larger, with blade ferrite pickups that reminded me of a P-90 - a great rock and roll and blues guitar. They can also be had very inexpensively if you can find one.
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Donny Hinson


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Balto., Md. U.S.A.
Post Posted 28 Jul 2008 10:18 am     Reply with quote

Phil Baugh played one for years, so that's certainly a good endorsement for them.
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Greg Vincent


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Los Angeles, CA USA
Post Posted 28 Jul 2008 11:02 am     Reply with quote

Jerry Reed also used a T-60 for awhile --another good endorsement.

I bought one in 1979 when they first came out --my first electric geetar!

Still have it!

Great guitar. Big giant heavy ash body though --almost the size & shape of a Gibson 335, BUT SOLID! Whoa!

So buy a comfortable guitar strap. Wink

-GV
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Darvin Willhoite


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Liberty Hill, Tx. USA
Post Posted 28 Jul 2008 3:13 pm     Reply with quote

I got interested in them several years ago, and bought several. I think I have one of every color that was available from the factory. I also have T40 basses to match some of them.

Interestingly, the designer of the T60 lives only a few miles from me, and I still haven't gotten over to see him. According to the book about Peavey, he has T60 #2. Of course Hartley has #1. There is an interesting story behind these two guitars also, but you'll have to buy the book, I ain't tellin' (only because I can't remember all of it LOL).
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Ben Elder


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La Crescenta, California, USA
Post Posted 28 Jul 2008 5:58 pm     Reply with quote

Red Rhodes, no less, designed the pickup system which has a feature, if memory serves, that with the turn of a knob, gradually changes from a single- to double-coil tap and vice-versa(?) My T-60 has been in storage a while, so I'm a little fuzzy. Great guitar, as others have said; heavy ash body as others have said (occasionally you see a color paint job and/or a rosewood fingerboard). The neck is a little skinnier than I prefer.
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Darvin Willhoite


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Liberty Hill, Tx. USA
Post Posted 28 Jul 2008 6:09 pm     Reply with quote

Here's one from my collection, it has a pedal unit similar to the one Phil Baugh used, but evidently wasn't made by MSA. No one seems to know who made it. It's kind of fun to play with, but doesn't take the place of a pedal steel.




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Darvin Willhoite


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Liberty Hill, Tx. USA
Post Posted 28 Jul 2008 6:11 pm     Reply with quote

Here's a website you may be interested in.

http://www.peaveyt60.com/
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Rick Alexander


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Florida, USA
Post Posted 30 Jul 2008 7:52 pm     Reply with quote

They're well made guitars with an extensive tonal pallet.
The tone controls are wired to fade from single coil to humbucking, there's a phase switch and pickup switch.
They're the most underrated guitar on the planet, and you can still bag them for $300 or so on eBay.

The earlier models with the toaster pickups have a crunchier tone than the rails.

These are my T's:


more pics - and videos here.

and the T-60 Forum is run by Chip Todd who originally designed them with Hartley Peavey.
Good bunch of guys on that forum . .
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Dave Mudgett


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Central Pennsylvania
Post Posted 30 Jul 2008 8:11 pm     Reply with quote

I stand corrected on the pickups. I've seen and played a bunch of these, but only saw the earlier toaster pickups.

The later blade pickup looks like a humbucking version of the ferrite single-coil pickup on my Patriot. The single-coil version was a great-sounding pickup, a lot like a P-90 but a little less ratty.

If I could find a neck I liked on one of these, I'd grab it in a second.
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Rick Alexander


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Florida, USA
Post Posted 30 Jul 2008 8:24 pm     Reply with quote

You can spot the rails easily, they look like this:


The toasters look about the same, except there are no rails:
(they changed to the rails around 1981)

Notice the white truss rod cover.
Rene from http://vintagegitaar.nl makes those, and many other T-60 parts.
A handy guy to know . .

Incidentally, some Ts are considerably lighter than others. My burst T is nice and light and the natural is quite heavy. The black and white are in between.
The earlier ones with the toasters are lighter - I don't know if that's how they all are, but that's my experience.
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Dave Mudgett


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Central Pennsylvania
Post Posted 30 Jul 2008 8:35 pm     Reply with quote

BTW - besides Phil Baugh, another very notable player who used a T-60 for some time was Phil Upchurch. I saw him using one in New Haven in the 80s, he just sounded great. That's what got me checking them out, but I just couldn't get comfortable with the necks I tried.

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Brint Hannay


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Maryland, USA
Post Posted 30 Jul 2008 8:35 pm     Reply with quote

I believe Carl Perkins played one for a while.
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Cliff Kane


From:
the late great golden state
Post Posted 30 Jul 2008 10:53 pm     Reply with quote

It sounds like a brilliant guitar. Thanks for all the great info.

Cliff
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Rick Alexander


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Florida, USA
Post Posted 30 Jul 2008 11:46 pm     Reply with quote

Cliff if you really want one, eBay is where to find them.
There are usually several there in the $300-$400 range.
A couple of real nice ones right now in fact-
eBay Auction 1
Here's a goodie with a BIN of $429 eBay Auction 2
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Stephen Gambrell


From:
Over there
Post Posted 31 Jul 2008 3:30 am     Reply with quote

Hey Darvin---will your Peaveycaster do this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZX6J0mgX4bc
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Michael Johnstone


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Sylmar,Ca. USA
Post Posted 31 Jul 2008 5:36 am     Reply with quote

I saw Thumbs play one a few times - another testimomial. I have a swamp ash natural finish T40 bass - same deal,same pickups(toasters). I used it recently on some gigs with Tex Beaumont. Heavy as hell but it sounds great.
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Bo Legg


Post Posted 1 Aug 2008 7:37 am     Reply with quote

I like my T-27 better than my T-60 pat. apl. for.

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Bob Ritter


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pacfic, wa
Post Posted 1 Aug 2008 10:09 pm     Reply with quote

All parts or Warmouth or USA Custom might have a replacement neck that would bolt right in there...Maybe even a mighty mite..I did not like the tuners on the ones I have seen in the past on either the t-60 or the t-50 ...It would be cool to hot rod one out though...I have heard some folks mention that the t-50 is good to convert into a baritone guitar...you guys own some nice ones in the pictures here.
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Darvin Willhoite


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Liberty Hill, Tx. USA
Post Posted 2 Aug 2008 7:51 am     Reply with quote

Stephen, my guitar will do that, but I can't. Sad BTW, "Shadow" is probably my favorite song ever. I have about 20 different recordings of it. From Phil Baugh to Eva Cassidy, by way of a passel of Jazz guitar players.

Bob, what is a T-50?

One of my T-60's came with a Warmouth neck, but I didn't care for it, it was too fat for me. I found an original neck and converted it back.
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