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For sale is a used Peavey Tupelo 6 string acoustic/electric guitar. I bought this new in 2000 and it seen mostly studio use. The neck is straight and true, the action is low and it has a nice sound to it. The tuners are good and don't slip. The only real issue is with the battery box. Several years ago the clip that holds the battery box in place broke. It was a spring loaded box so it wouldn't let the battery stay plugged in. So, I pulled the unit out and "fixed" the battery compartment so that you can keep the battery plugged in. The down side? You need to keep tape over the battery compartment to keep the battery inside. As you can see in the photos I'm currently using some pretty red plastic tape to hold it in. (no extra charge) :) The acoustic pickup works great and the sound is not bad when plugged in. A Fishman Aura Dreadnought pedal really makes this guitar sound great! It comes with an original hard shell case, worth $100.00 all by itself!
PEAVEY DELTA SERIES
acoustic electric guitars
Dates of manufacture:
1998 - 2000
PEAVEY manufactured the TUPELO AE between 1999 and 2001. The Peavey Tupelo AE was a full-size budget dreadnought electro acoustic with a maximum rim depth of 124mm and, like the other guitars from Peavey’s Delta series, it had laminated body construction, with spruce top and back and sides fashioned from mahogany-like nato.
The Peavey Tupelo AE, like the rest of the Deltas, was made in Korea. The finish was a smart looking satin, with a near-matt lacquer, and all the cosmetic detailing (including multi-ply front binding, a centre-lined book-matched back and the black-bound rosewood fingerboard) was tidily applied. Internally the workmanship was commendably neat: with precisely-cut kerfed linings and good attention paid to detail, including a reinforcing strip either side of the hole cut out of the rim for the preamp.
The unbranded preamp had only a 'EQ-505' designation to identify it. It was linked to a conventional under-saddle piezo pickup and mounted just forward of the waist. The three-band active EQ employed smoothly damped sliders, and the control panel also included the 9V battery housing plus a status check button with LED indicator.
The Tupelo's rosewood fingerboard had a scale length just short of a full 25.5in, topping a three-piece nato neck, satin finished and stained to the same dark brown as the body back and sides. The neck had a comfortable mainstream width and fairly shallow 'C' profile, though Peavey could have been a bit more generous with the string spacing across the 42.5mm nut. It was cut for a pretty narrow 34mm, which could easily be widened without running the risk of pushing the top and bottom strings too close to the fingerboard edges. Down at the bridge, string spacing was conventional at just under 55mm - fine for both flatpicking and fingerstyle techniques.
Jerry Uwins inspected the Tupelo AE electro for Music Mart magazine and concluded
In terms of set-up, the Tupelo AE's playability is largely excellent. The action is effortless, thanks in part to a nicely low-cut nut, the die-cast machineheads are smoothly geared with no take-up slack, there are no sharp fret ends, and the bridge carries a compensated saddle to help intonation accuracy.
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