peavey-logoIt’s one of those typically unseasonably pleasant afternoons that is Pittsburgh in October, so I head out for a cruise and decide to stop in and visit Hollowood Music. Don Hollowood, co-owner and long time friend, is one of my favorite sources for guitar information, both as an instrument retailer and as a player himself.
He is Mr. Smooth when it comes to playing the Blues, and although you might not know this, he can sometimes be coaxed to let down-- his honest humility as a player-- and shred with the best of them. He’s that humble about it.

It’s probably because he’s worked with the very best who play the instrument over the years, a veritable who’s who of talent that he’s crossed paths with. He has a truly unique perspective on the industry as a whole, but he rarely brings any oAT200Guitarf this up. He has always been more interested in what his customers say to him, no doubt a trait passed down from his father, Jim, Sr., a man who pioneered a music store and premier sound and light tech business that has become a family tradition and mainstay in the Pittsburgh music community.

Today’s visit was again a revelation in technology for myself, this time through the often under-rated yet very reliable Peavey moniker. Yeah, I said, “Peavey”.

I have never been a detractor of digital over analog in terms of amplification, as my thoughts are, the sound you like is the sound you want and if that’s what you’re getting, that’s all that matters.

But electronics on a guitar can be a tricky thing. It can be cumbersome and let’s face it, after a few beers, who the hell knows what’s gonna happen to your guitar at a gig. But in terms of, “Wow, that came in really handy“, it would be extremely hard to top Peavey’s new AT-200 Guitar Featuring Auto-Tune For Guitar Technology.

Push down the knob and BAM! You’re in a perfect E tuning. No kidding. Although Don immediately pointed out his fondness for the Jimi Hendrix-like quality of the sound it makes if you have the volume up. I don’t think he was kidding.  It will probably turn up on someone’s album somewhere.

More impressive is what this means in terms of being a working musician who has that horrifying moment of discovery we each dread: I’M OUT OF TUNE AND I DON’T KNOW WHY. It was probably that last doobie in the parking lot that may have caused you to forget you finished the last set in a drop D tuning and the first song of this set is in E. Oops.

With this handy Peavey Auto-Tune technology, that becomes a thing of the past. For a young performer or someone who doesn’t have the luxury of multiple axes and a guitar tech, this could be the answer to your prayers.

Vinni

For more info:

http://www.peavey.com/news/index.cfm/article/504

www.hollowood.com

[Sugapablo's note:] While we know Gibson has had it's "Robot" technology for some time and Evertune has come out with a bridge that stays in tune all the time, this little Peavy number will only run you about $499 (as opposed to a couple grand for the other options), making it the affordable choice for the avergae working musician.

 tuningjoke

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