PEAVEY NITRO SERIES

Peavey introduced the Nitro series as follows (in 1986): The explosive voice of the electric guitar finds its newest expression in the Nitro series from Peavey. From precision wound pickups to the lightning response of the satin-finished necks, these guitars are pure power. Explosive power. Nitro power.  World-famous Kahler fulcrum tremolo systems are standard equipment, delivering searing, dive- bombing effects instantly at your command. Pay-attention colors and all-black hardware provide the fresh, fast look demanded by audiences today. and tomorrow.  From the no-nonsense single humbucker of the Nitro I. to the flexibility of twin humbuckers of the Nitro ll, through the ultimate “two- plus-one” versatility of the Nitro III, Nitro Guitars produce the white-hot energy-packed sounds that leave other guitars waiting in the wings.  

As well as the standard Nitro models there were also Nitro Custom and Nitro Limited models with upgraded features.

PEAVEY Nitro Active

Peavey made the Nitro Active from 1988 until 1990. It was like the Peavey Nitro I except its had a single low impedance humbucker with active circuitry. The Nitro Active had the Kahler 2710 double locking tremolo system. Peavey described the Nitro Active as follows:

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PEAVEY NITRO C-2

PEAVEY made the NITRO C-2 between 1990 and 1992

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PEAVEY NITRO C-3

The NITRO C-3 was made between 1990 and 1992

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PEAVEY NITRO I

PEAVEY manufactured the NITRO I between 1986 and 1989, it was a no-nonsense single humbucker superstrat with Kahler Fulcrum locking tremolo system and all black hardware.

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PEAVEY Nitro I Custom

PEAVEY made the Nitro I Custom between 1987 and 1989. It was a single humbucker superstrat like the Nitro I but with a recessed Kahler 2710 double locking tremolo system. These Nitro Customs also had a different headstock shape to the standard Nitro model. Peavey described the Nitro I Custom as follows (in 1988):

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PEAVEY NITRO II

PEAVEY produced the NITRO II between 1986 and 1989. The Nitro II was like the Nitro I, but had two Peavey M-12 humbuckers and extra tone control and a 3-way pickup selector.

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PEAVEY Nitro III

PEAVEY made the Nitro III between 1986 and 1989. It was like the Nitro I but with HSS pickup configuration, an extra tone control and 3 pickup selector mini switches.

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PEAVEY NITRO III Custom

PEAVEY made the NITRO III Custom between 1987 and 1989. It was a USA made superstrat with HSS pickups and Kahler 2710 locking tremolo. These are great value guitars if you can get hold of one. Peavey described the Nitro III Custom as follows in their 1988 catalog:

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PEAVEY NITRO LIMITED

Production of the Peavey Nitro Limited began in 1987 and ended in 1989. Only 700 were made in total. It was the top of the Nitro range with a neck-though body, black cherry finish, gold hardware, Schaller strap-locks and ebony fingerboard with abalone position markers.

Peavey described the Nitro Limited as follows in 1988:

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Specifications:

ModelImageFinish colorsMade inNumber of stringsScale length
PEAVEY Nitro Active
1988 to 1990
black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finish, yellow finishUSA6 strings25.5 inches scale-length
PEAVEY NITRO C-2
1990 to 1992
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PEAVEY NITRO C-3
1990 to 1992
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PEAVEY NITRO I
1986 to 1989
blue finish, pink finish, red finish, white finishUSA6 strings25.5 inches scale-length
PEAVEY Nitro I Custom
1987 to 1989
black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finish, yellow finishUSA6 strings25.5 inches scale-length
PEAVEY NITRO II
1986 to 1989
black finish, blue finish, pink finish, red finish, white finishUSA6 strings25.5 inches scale-length
PEAVEY Nitro III
1986 to 1989
black finish, blue finish, pink finish, red finish, white finishUSA6 strings25.5 inches scale-length
PEAVEY NITRO III Custom
1987 to 1989
black finish, blue finish, red finish, white finish, yellow finishUSA6 strings25.5 inches scale-length
PEAVEY NITRO LIMITED
1987 to 1989
black finish, red finishUSA6 strings25.5 inches scale-length
ModelNumber of control knobsTone controlsVolume controlsPickup selector controls
PEAVEY Nitro Active
1988 to 1990
2 control knobs1 tone control1 volume control-
PEAVEY NITRO C-2
1990 to 1992
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PEAVEY NITRO C-3
1990 to 1992
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PEAVEY NITRO I
1986 to 1989
1 control knob-1 volume control-
PEAVEY Nitro I Custom
1987 to 1989
2 control knobs1 tone control1 volume control-
PEAVEY NITRO II
1986 to 1989
2 control knobs1 tone control1 volume control3-way selector switch
PEAVEY Nitro III
1986 to 1989
2 control knobs1 tone control1 volume control3 selector switches
PEAVEY NITRO III Custom
1987 to 1989
2 control knobs1 tone control1 volume control3 selector switches
PEAVEY NITRO LIMITED
1987 to 1989
2 control knobs1 tone control1 volume control3 pickup selector switches
ModelPickups configurationPower supplyPreampPickups brand and model
PEAVEY Nitro Active
1988 to 1990
1 humbucker pickup9V PP3 batteryactive preamp-
PEAVEY NITRO C-2
1990 to 1992
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PEAVEY NITRO C-3
1990 to 1992
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PEAVEY NITRO I
1986 to 1989
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PEAVEY Nitro I Custom
1987 to 1989
1 humbucker pickup---
PEAVEY NITRO II
1986 to 1989
2 humbucker pickups--Peavey M-12 pickup(s)
PEAVEY Nitro III
1986 to 1989
2 single coil pickups and 1 humbucker pickup--Peavey A-6 pickup(s), Peavey M-12 pickup(s)
PEAVEY NITRO III Custom
1987 to 1989
2 single coil pickups and 1 humbucker pickup---
PEAVEY NITRO LIMITED
1987 to 1989
2 single coil pickups and 1 humbucker pickup---
ModelBody materialBody shape featuresBody style
PEAVEY Nitro Active
1988 to 1990
poplar bodydouble cutawaysuper strat style body
PEAVEY NITRO C-2
1990 to 1992
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PEAVEY NITRO C-3
1990 to 1992
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PEAVEY NITRO I
1986 to 1989
wood bodydouble cutaway-
PEAVEY Nitro I Custom
1987 to 1989
poplar bodydouble cutawaysuper strat style body
PEAVEY NITRO II
1986 to 1989
poplar bodydouble cutawaysuper strat style body
PEAVEY Nitro III
1986 to 1989
poplar bodydouble cutawaysuper strat style body
PEAVEY NITRO III Custom
1987 to 1989
poplar bodydouble cutawaysuper strat style body
PEAVEY NITRO LIMITED
1987 to 1989
poplar bodydouble cutawaysuper strat style body
ModelBridgeHardware colorTuners
PEAVEY Nitro Active
1988 to 1990
Kahler locking tremoloblack hardwarePeavey Precision tuners
PEAVEY NITRO C-2
1990 to 1992
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PEAVEY NITRO C-3
1990 to 1992
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PEAVEY NITRO I
1986 to 1989
Kahler locking tremoloblack hardwarePeavey Precision tuners
PEAVEY Nitro I Custom
1987 to 1989
Floyd Rose tremoloblack hardwarePeavey Precision tuners
PEAVEY NITRO II
1986 to 1989
Kahler locking tremoloblack hardwarePeavey Precision tuners
PEAVEY Nitro III
1986 to 1989
-black hardwarePeavey Precision tuners
PEAVEY NITRO III Custom
1987 to 1989
Kahler locking tremoloblack hardwarePeavey Precision tuners
PEAVEY NITRO LIMITED
1987 to 1989
Floyd Rose tremologold hardwarePeavey Precision tuners
ModelFingerboard materialFingerboard position markersFingerboard inlay materialInlay at 12th fret
PEAVEY Nitro Active
1988 to 1990
rosewood fingerboard---
PEAVEY NITRO C-2
1990 to 1992
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PEAVEY NITRO C-3
1990 to 1992
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PEAVEY NITRO I
1986 to 1989
rosewood fingerboard---
PEAVEY Nitro I Custom
1987 to 1989
rosewood fingerboard---
PEAVEY NITRO II
1986 to 1989
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers--
PEAVEY Nitro III
1986 to 1989
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markers--
PEAVEY NITRO III Custom
1987 to 1989
rosewood fingerboarddot fingerboard position markerspearl fingerboard inlay materialdouble dot inlay at 12th fret
PEAVEY NITRO LIMITED
1987 to 1989
ebony fingerboarddot fingerboard position markersabalone fingerboard inlay material-
ModelNeck jointNeck materialNumber of fretsPeghead (headstock)Tuner layoutNutTruss rod
PEAVEY Nitro Active
1988 to 1990
bolt on neckmaple neck22 fretmatching-finish headstock, pointed headstocksix-in-a-row tuners--
PEAVEY NITRO C-2
1990 to 1992
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PEAVEY NITRO C-3
1990 to 1992
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PEAVEY NITRO I
1986 to 1989
set neckmaple neck22 fretpointed headstocksix-in-a-row tuners--
PEAVEY Nitro I Custom
1987 to 1989
-maple neck22 fretpointed headstocksix-in-a-row tuners--
PEAVEY NITRO II
1986 to 1989
bolt on neckmaple neck22 fret-six-in-a-row tuners--
PEAVEY Nitro III
1986 to 1989
bolt on neckmaple neck22 fret-six-in-a-row tuners--
PEAVEY NITRO III Custom
1987 to 1989
bolt on necklaminated neck, maple neck22 fretmatching-finish headstocksix-in-a-row tunerslocking nutadjustable truss rod
PEAVEY NITRO LIMITED
1987 to 1989
neck through bodymaple neck22 fret-six-in-a-row tuners--