I purchased my Peavey JF1 EXP at a small shop in Houston, TX. I was in the market for a semi-hollow body styled electric. I found this and paid $300 for it. I could not be any happier. This guitar is beautiful all around. The finish is gorgeous. Red, Black and Vintage Sunburst were available. I chose Sunburst. The gold hardware adds to the beauty. Sounds great, plays great, looks great...what else do you need? Oh yeah, good price.
After looking around to find what I wanted I found this peavey guitar to be it...at least for what I had to spend. I checked out the Ibanez Artcore series guitars and found that, compared to this Peavey, Ibanez Artcore guitars were low quality. First, to pick up the JF1 you can feel the quality. Great contruction, practically flawless. Played acoustically it sounds fine...foreshadows of great tone to come when plugged in. The action is great. Of course every player prefers different settings but you can take this baby low and fast. The humbucker pick-ups are awesome, truly high output. I have 3 electrics and this one is the most powerfull. The tones coming out of this guitar are amazing. sweet and mellow to hard rockin' and everything in between. If you need a guitar with that semi-hollow tone this is it. For $300 you can't beat it. Of course if you can afford a Gibson E-335 or other comperable axe then go for it but if you have $300-$400 and want a quality instrument then this is the way to go.
The only thing I don't like about this guitar is that the tuning keys are not as precise as I would like but it does the job. If you wanted you could replace them and the problem is fixed. Other than that there is nothing I dislike. It's a great experience every time I play it.
One more thing. Peavey now has the JF2, that sucks cause now I'll have to try that one.
Very solid construction. Neck thru body is strong and adds sustain. The finish beautiful. Leaves nothing to be desired. As stated before, compared to other guitars of this type and in this price range these seem to be the best built, best quality units.
Buy it, buy it, buy it. And then buy the JF2 also.
ES 335 copy by Peavy, color tabaco nice burst, gold finish, pulling up strings hard enough.
2 humbuckers, bridge tunomatic, rglages type Les Paul and company.
The key is bizarre, a pretty black ple, which darkens with wet fingers, I could not tell what wood.
It must be made in China, or Indonsie Core.
Channel nice, I'm not a fan of this kind of string is but hey ca change.
Access in acute comfortable (thanks to DC).
Lightweight, efficient knobs.
I tested it in stores on a Valvestate, well it's nice to clean, as the microphone for serious jazz that swept Acute agreements or type reggae-funk. OD 1 not bad either but I've seen better on other brands MODELS, it sounds kind ES 335 but it lacks even when PCHE. The neck pickup is trs draft.
DO 2 is not gnial, trs forcment draft, it's true that it is good not for the big Satus but again I heard better with other brands for same price.
Sustain trs bof (yet hard with ropes ...)
Test store 20 minutes.
I am looking for a copy of ES 335 500 euros, I tried a test and I'm looking Shumberg a Hagstrom, the better off Shumberg I got.
Nice and clean in saturated lgre, but There's really better. A vacuum it sounds a little plastic trs is not enjoyable.
The finish is correct, the mechanics keep the agreement.
The guitar is quite heavy (more than my Les Paul), I was tired at the end of last repeat, but I had a very fine webbing may be wider than it would be more comfortable.
Access to the treble is nice, thanks to the double cutaway, no complaints on it!
The form 335 can not suit everyone!
I was looking for a guitar type 335 because I had fallen in love with a Gibson, but I did not have the budget ...
There are very clearly the grain of the guitar, certainly not with so many grahou and harmonic richness, but it's cool!
I played it plugged into a JCM 2000 on clean (not a reference in this area), but with OD808 for a creamy overdrive.
The sounds are really convincing! Unfortunately I have not tried other 335 in this price range, but I had a nice presence of microphones, it seems to me entirely correct plugged into an amp that respects himself, and did not need be changed, at least I do not feel the need yet.
The knobs seem to work pretty well, I get a great blues sound fat on the neck pickup, tone diminished, it's great! The microphone is a bridge a particular grain, very AC / DC, the sauce Malcolm.
Note that I have mounted a 11-56 game, great casting move, so it must contribute to the fact that it sounds good, and that the mechanics take the bends etc..
Otherwise, empty, she projects a lot, but it's true it sounds a little plastic (previous review).
I do not think we can say that it is versatile, but it reflects the idea that I had of this type of guitar, and for the price, I like it!
I bought used some time ago for 115 €, which is a good price I think. So, I have plenty for my money!
After, I have not tried the competition, so I can not compare, but it is 6 years since I played, and a lot of guitars I have passed through the hands, I think for the price I paid thereof, and the pleasure it gives me, it will remain a time ... until I have the means to the original!
on the other hand, it's not a guitar that I would advise to plug in a bad amp ... It must be able to give its full potential!
Hollow body guitar (1 / 4 Cash)
Made in China
The finish is very good. No surprises.
Typical configuration for this type of guitar: Gibson type bridge, 2 humbuckers with hood.
The handle is quite large (more than my Gibson Firebrand), but we made it very quickly. It is slightly curved, again it is surprising at first. Mother of pearl inlay (this is not "dods") it's more "class".
22 frets, you can easily reach up to 16 or 17 (it's better than the Les Paul!)
What baffles the most is the size of the fund, when playing standing. We must review its position! Seated, this poses no problem.
Another pleasant surprise is the quality of the microphones. I was expecting the "cheap", but no, they are quite excellent. Admittedly, this is not very high end, but it is very convincing: its clean, easily obtained with the jazzy sound serious, and his blues roots with enough treble. Once you put a bit of overdrive, it sounds pat "stoniens, 70s and even AC / DC if you push the drive.
I bought it to complement a variety of sounds besides my Gibson Firebrand and my Stat, without putting a fortune (with his Epiphone Sheraton exaggerating!) And I'm not disappointed: it gives me the sounds that I expected, with a wider range of sounds than I thought. What more!
In short: a good hollow body, well finished, with microphones more than correct.
In addition it is sunburst in sublime!