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|THIRTY YEARS AGO, the inaugural Dallas International Guitar Festival got underway in a Texas hotel basement. Meanwhile, Peavey founder and innovator Hartley Peavey was busy refining his first guitar, the revolutionary T-60.
As the first guitar made using CNC machinery, the Peavey T-60 bridged the gap between the vintage and modern eras in guitars. Hartley Peavey wanted to build instruments that feel as good as they sound. The problem with pre-CNC guitars, he maintains today, is that consistency among instruments was always an afterthought. You never knew what you were going to get.
So when Peavey launched its new Custom Shop earlier this year, we knew it would be an event. We stepped into the Peavey Custom Shop with an experienced group of luthiers to collaborate on a commemorative model of its HP Special guitar for the 30th anniversary of the Dallas International Guitar Festival. That this event coincides with another major milestone in guitars is mere serendipity.