PEAVEY PREDATOR PLUS

  • Peavey Predator Plus (1999-2002) electric guitar
    Peavey Predator Plus (1999-2002)

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1999 to 2002

PEAVEY produced the PREDATOR PLUS between 1999 and 2002. The design was a combination of stratocaster and Wolfgang.  The Peavey Predator Plus had a short 3-on-a-side headstock with ergonomic tuner placement and straight string pull.  To balance up the reduced neck weight, the solid poplar body was styled for better ergonomics and balance by reducing the length of the lower body horn. Other features included:

  • Wide top pole piece single coil pickups for bigger string window with more focus
  • Bridge humbucker with coil tap in 2nd position
  • Five-way pickup selector (hum cancelling in bridge, 2nd and 4th position)
  • Power Bend III tremolo bridge, with large diameter tremolo arm
  • Schaller™ locking tuners
  • Master volume and tone controls

In addition to the standard HSS Predator Plus model with rosewood fingerboard there were other Predator Plus variants available from 1999-2002 including the Predator Plus left handed, the HB (with two humbuckers), a 7 string model and Maple Neck model..

Specifications (19)

Controls

Pickup selector controls5-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

Electronics

Pickups configuration2 single coil pickups and 1 humbucker pickup

General

Finish colorsblack finish, blue finish, red finish, titanium finish
Finish effectsmetallic finish, sunburst finish
Made inKorea, Vietnam
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length

Body

Body materialpoplar body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Pickguard materialpearloid pickguard

Hardware

BridgePower Bend III tremolo
Hardware colorchrome hardware
TunersSchaller locking tuners

Neck

Neck jointbolt on neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets21 fret
Tuner layoutthree-each-side

Prices (2)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
2014£80excellent
2015$75wornDavid J. PogoffRequired $116 in repair. Replaced pickup selector switch and output jack. Found new tremolo bar since it was missing. Repaired broken wood inside back tremolo cover.

Reviews (2)

PEAVEY PREDATOR PLUS reviewed by Terry H

5
Average: 5 (1 vote)
For a so called inexpensive guitar it is quite surprising. Fit and finish is excellent, pickups are very responsive, neck is fantastic, satin finish and, FAST, super comfortable to play it is thinner than most of all the other guitars that I own. Schaller locking tuners are Great, Trem is not a cheap made unit, 2 screw mount and, hardware used on it is heavy duty. Mine has the transparent Red finish with white pearloid pickguard and, it is beautiful to say the least. Very balanced with a strap, no neck dive. I have adjusted the action extremely low and, no fret buzz. The headstock is in the Wolfgang design, really cool looking. These guitars are hard to find but, if you come across one grab it immediately B4 it's gone. There's a reason why you don't see very many of these out in the market and, it's not because that not many of these were made. Guitar players love them and, they are not turning them loose.

PEAVEY PREDATOR PLUS reviewed by Anonymous

4
Average: 4 (1 vote)
An excellent playing guitar with great Strat tones and really good humbucker tones in the bridge and combined.

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3 Comments

Great guitar, if you can find it.

Unlike most of the Predator series, which are essentially strat copies, the Predator Plus was a rather unique "fat strat" that was styled after the Peavey Wolfgang.  While it doesn't match the features of it's more expensive cousin, it's a significant upgrade from the base-line Predator guitars.

It features a Fender-style knife tremolo bridge with locking tuners, H-S-S pickups, and is wired with a single master volume and a single master tone knob.  All had translucent finishes (in sunburst, cherry red, or apple green) and white pearloid pickguards.  The neck is quite thin compared to a Stratocaster.

Most (all the ones I've seen) were made in Korea, though it's been reported that the last few batches were made in Vietnam before the line was discontinued.  The Korean models are said to be generally better-made. 

The single-coil neck & middle pickup provide a luscious strat sound, but if you are picky about tone, the humbucker leaves a bit to be desired.  I highly recommend swapping in the bridge humbucker of your choice, which in my case is the Seymour Duncan JB.

These guitars don't seem to have a lot of collector value, but they also don't show up on the market very often because most owners tend to hang on to them.  If you have the opportunity to get one for around the price of a Mexican Fender, jump on it.

Very nice guitar.

Just picked one up for 120 bucks at a used music store and it is truly an awesome lil' axe. Like a Strat on serios steroids and stays in tune great thanks to the locking tuners. Great action and sound, although I agree the humbucker sounds more warm than hot. It just moved to my main guitar, just ahead of my Ibanez rt-450, which in itself is a really good guitar.

Great Guitar

      I have one of these in transparent red and, it is really a great instrument. Fantastic features in an instrument in this price range. To bad they are not made anymore. If you can locate one I would definately jump on it. Great sound, looks, and, playability, probably the best feeling neck on any guitar that I own.