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Peavey Predator AX Owner Manual
 PEAVEY:
PREDATOR AX
OPERATING GUIDE
WARNING: TO PREVENT ELECTRICAL SHOCK OR FIRE HAZARD, DO NOT EXPOSE THIS APPLIANCE TO
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PREDATO В. АХ PREDATOR™ AX FEATURES:
Classic Style Poplar Body
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22 Frets / 251” Scale Length
Power Bend Fulcrum Tremolo System
One Staggered Coil Humbucking (Bridge) and Two
High-Output Single Coil Pickups (Neck & Mid)
Master Volume and Tone Controls
Five Position Pickup Selector Switch
Three Position Turbo Switch (Single/Dual/Turbo)
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Body
The body of the instrument is constructed from the
finest Western Poplar with deep double cutaways for
easy access to the highest fret. A special forearm and
rib cage relief contour allows weight reduction, proper
balance, and maximum playing ease. The instrument
features our polyester/urethane finish which is mar and
weather resistant.
Neck
The select rock maple neck is of a unique bilaminated
construction (U.S. Patent — 4,237,244) to provide un-
matched rigidity and freedom from warpage. Additional
reinforcement Is provided with a steel torsion rod. This
neck adjusting rod features rolled threads for improved
strength and freedom from breakage. (See Adjustment
— Torsion Rod for instructions.)
Controls
1. Volume Control: The volume control acts as a
master volume in that it controls the total signal level
delivered from the pickups. Rotating the control knob
clockwise will Increase volume; rotating countarclock-
wise will reduce volume.
. Tone Control: Rotating clockwise will result in more
treble (high frequencies) and a brighter tonality
Rotating counterclockwise will result in less treble and
a “bassier type sound.
Pickup Selector Switch: This five-position switch
allows selection of pickups in various modes of
operation. Due to the unigue circuitry, hum cancel-
ling operation is achieved in the multiple pickup
selections. Selection possibilities are as follows:
Position 1:
Position 2:
Position 3
Position 4
Position 5
(Toward the neck) Neck Pickup.
(One click back) Neck and Center
Pickups.
(Center) Center Pickup.
(One click back) Center and Bridge
Pickups,
(Toward bridge) Bridge Pickup.
. Turbo Switch: This three-position switch allows the
bridge pickup to be used in various (single/dual/tur-
bo) modes of operation. The single and dual-coil
modes are controlled in conjunction with the pickup
selector switch, The turbo mode allows full humbuck-
ing operation bypassing the pickup selector switch.
Selection possibilities are as follows:
Position 1
(Up) Single
Position 2 (Center) Dual
Position 3 (Down) Turbo
5. Output Jack: The output jack accepts standard
guitar patch cords. (We recommend high quality
Peavey "shielded" patch cords.)
Adjustments
Your instrument has been carefully adjusted for ac-
curatz intonation and playing ease al the Peavey factory,
However, your playing style or playing requirements may
necessitate additional adjustments at some time in the
future. These adjustments should be made by your
Peavey Dealer. However, with a little care and by adher-
ing closely ta the following instructions, you may attempt
these adjustments yourself.
CAUTION:
PLEASE READ AND UNDERSTAND
INSTRUCTIONS THOROUGHLY BEFORE
ATTEMPTING ANY ADJUSTMENTS.
Pickup Adjustment
The volume level between pickups can be adjusted
by raising or lowering each pickup with its height
adjusting screws. Raising the pickups closer to the strings
will increase the output and volume. Lowering the
pickups away from the strings will decrease output and
volume.
NOTE:
CARE MUST BE TAKEN TO MAINTAIN ADE-
QUATE CLEARANCE BETWEEN THE
PICKUPS AND STRINGS. INADEQUATE
CLEARANCE WILL RESULT IN LOSS OF
SUSTAIN AND POSSIBLE STRING BUZZING
WHEN PLAYING ON THE UPPER FRETS.
Adjusting Torsion Rod:
All guitar necks must have a slight amount of bow to
keep the strings from buzzing on the frets. To set the
“siraightness’ of the neck, a Peavey torsion rod wrench
No. 75031006 must be used (available from a Peavey
Accessory Center),
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Tune the instrument to standard (A-440) pitch.
Fret the sixth string (E) at the first and last frets.
Check for clearance between the string and the
eighth fret.
Clearance should be no less than .012” and no more
than .025".
.. To Increase clearance, loosen (counterciockwise) the
torsion rod nut. Less clearance (straightening of the
neck) 1s accomplished by tightening the nut.
CAUTION:
IT IS NOT USUALLY NECESSARY TO
ROTATE THE TORSION ROD NUT MORE
THAN ONE FULL TURN IN EITHER DIREC-
TION. ONE-QUARTER TO ONE-HALF TURN
IS NORMALLY SUFFICIENT TO MAKE
TORSION ROD NUT
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MOST ADJUSTMENTS. EXCESSIVE ROTATION
MAY CAUSE DAMAGE TO NECK AND TORSION
ROD. IF EXCESSIVE FORCE IS NECESSARY TO
ROTATE TORSION ROD NUT, YOU SHOULD CON-
SULT YOUR PEAVEY DEALER OR THE FACTORY
BEFORE ANY FURTHER ADJUSTMENT IS MADE.
6. Repeat Steps 1 through 5 until proper clearance has
bean reached.
Neck Tilt
The neck filt adjustment works in conjunction with the
bridge height adjustment to set the overall string
playing height. This adjustment should be used
whenever possible to set string height rather than the
bridge height adjustment.
1, Relieve string tension slightly by detuning guitar (ap-
proximately 1 to 2 full steps).
2. Loosen two neck screws (closest to headstock of
guitar) approximately 1 turn.
3. Loosen remaining two neck screws (closest 10
bridge) approximately 2 turns,
4. String height may now be adjusted with the neck tilt
screw which is located inside the fifth hole in the neck
plate. A 1/3” allen wrench is used to make this ad-
jusiment, Turning the screw clockwise lowers the
strings closer ta the fingerboard. Str ing height should
be adjusted to fit your own particular playing style.
It should be noted that setting the string height too
low will result in excessive string buzz and rattle,
especially with a “heavy” playing technique. Ex-
cessively high action will result in intonation problems
and decreased playability.
5. After adjustment, securely tighten all four neck at-
laching screws.
6. Tune guitar to standard pitch. Check strings for cor-
rect height and playability. If necessary, repeal steps
1 through 5 until action is correct.
Tremolo Bridge Adjustment
Your Power Bend Tremolo has been carefully adjusted
for accurate intonation, playing ease, and pitch change.
Your instrument has been supplied from the factory with
high quality Peavey Nickel Wound Balanced 9 s and sei
up accordingly. Should the unit require adjustments,
please read the following carefully before attemp-
ting any adjustments. To adjust the Power Bend
Tremolo unit properly, you must first understand the
operating principle.
This tremolo features a steel bridge plate with a
massive inertia block for maximum sustain, The heavy-
duty die-cast saddles are specially shaped ana design-
ed to minimize friction and are triple chrome-plated for
maximum durability and freedom from wear. Adjustable
springs allow easy operation with accurate return to pitch.
The special design of our Power Bend system allows
strings to be pulled above or below pitch, and the ac-
tion of this tremolo is both smooth and responsive.
Proper Tremolo action is a result of accurate balancing
between string tension and tremolo spring tension.
Should a larger or smaller gauge set of strings be
desired, the spring tension in the back of the guitar must
be adjusted accordingly, as well as intonation.
Saddle Height Adjustment
This instrument features individual bridge saddles
which work in conjunction with the neck tilt adjustment
lo determine the overall string height. Ordinarily, the neck
tilt should be used to set the string height. However, in-
dividual string saddies can be adjusted to follow the cur-
vature of the neck to optimize siring/tret distance. Use
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string.
Bridge Balance Adjustment
The balance of the tremolo bridge is set by adjusting
the tension screws holding the spring claw in place. To
gain access to the spring claw and spring claw screws,
remove the spring cover on the back of the guitar,
Proper tremolo balance is achieved with the bottom
of the tremolo bridge plate parallel to the top surface of
ihe guitar body.
Turn the tension screws clockwise to decrease the
bridge angle. Turn the tension screws counterclockwise
to increase the bridge angle.
CAUTION:
LOOSEN ALL STRING TENSION BEFORE
INSTALLING OR REMOVING TENSION SPRINGS.
TREMOLO SPRINGS ARE DESIGNED FOR HIGH
TENSION. EXTREME CARE SHOULD BE TAKEN
WHEN INSTALLING THESE SPRINGS AS WELL
AS REMOVING THEM. IF SPRINGS ARE NOT
SECURED PROPERLY, THEY MAY SPRING
AWAY FROM THE GUITAR, CAUSING POSSIBLE
INJURY AND/OR INSTRUMENT DAMAGE.
NOTE:
BEFORE AND AFTER MAKING ADJUSTMENTS,
THE UNIT SHOULD BE TUNED TO PROPER
PITCH A-440.
Making Tremolo Non-Operational
It is possible to render your Power Bend Tremolo non-
operable by rotating arm counterclockwise until arm can
be removed.
Tighten tension screws until bridge plate is resting fiat
on body surface. (See “Adjusting Tremolo Tension.”)
With proper adjustment, this should stabilize the inertia
block from any movement.
NOTE:
ALL GUITAR ADJUSTMENTS INTERACT
CLOSELY WITH STRING INTONATION. THESE
ADJUSTMENTS MUST BE COMPLETED BEFORE
ANY ATTEMPT IS MADE TO SET STRING
INTONATION AT THE BRIDGE. IF YOU ARE
UNFAMILIAR WITH THIS TYPE OF ADJUST-
MENT, WE STRONGLY RECOMMEND THAT THIS
SETTING BE PERFORMED BY QUALIFIED
PERSONNEL AT YOUR AUTHORIZED PEAVEY
DEALER.
String Intonation
Accurate string intonation settings ensure that your in-
strument will play in tune at any point on the neck
Although “perfect intonation’ is a physical impossibility
with a fretted instrument, the proper adjustment will max-
imize the accuracy of individual notes up and down the
Neck.
Intonation 1s set by companng the pitch of an open
string to the pitch of the same string when it is played
one octave higher at the 12th fret. The actual "vibrating
length" of that string is varied until the notes are both
at the right pitch. The "vibrating length” of the string is
altered by adjusting the individual bridge saddles either
forward or backward, depending on whether the fretted
nate is sharper or flatter in pitch than the open note.
NOTE:
IT IS OFTEN DIFFICULT FOR THE UNTRAINED
EAR TO DETERMINE WHEN THE OPEN NOTE
AND THE FRETTED NOTE ARE AT PRECISELY
THE SAME PITCH. SOME PLAYERS FIND THAT
COMPARING THE 12TH FRET HARMONIC OF
THE STRING (RATHER THAN THE OPEN NOTE)
TO THE FRETTED NOTE IS MUCH EASIER. A
HARMONIC IS PLAYED BY PLUCKING THE
STRING WITH THE RIGHT HAND WHILE TOUCHING
THE STRING WITH THE LEFT INDEX FINGER (AS
LIGHTLY AS POSSIBLE) DIRECTLY ABOVE THE
TWELFTH FRET. THE LEFT INDEX FINGER IS DRAWN
AWAY AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE AFTER THE
STRING IS PLUCKED, PRODUCING A *“CHIME™
EFFECT. THIS CHIMED NOTE IS THEN COMPARED TO
THE FRETTED NOTE,
FOR EVEN GREATER EASE AND HIGH DEGREE OF
ACCURACY, WE RECOMMEND ONE OF THE MANY
TYPES OF ELECTRONIC GUITAR TUNERS THAT ARE
AVAILABLE FROM MOST MUSIC STORES.
Ensure that torsion rod and string height settings are
accurate.
Tune guitar to standard (A-440) pitch.
Hold the instrument in a normal playing position or
place the guitar on a clean flat surface so that only
the body 1s in contact with the work surface. Any
pressure on the neck will affect intonation settings.
Play the 1st string open and compare it to the pitch
of the same string when itis played at the 12th fret.
These notes should be the same (one octave apart).
Using phillips head screwdriver, adjust the string
saddle so that both the fretted and open notes are
the same. If the fretted note is sharper than the open
note, the vibrating length of the string must be in-
creased. Move the bridge saddle to the rear, away
from the pickups. If the fretted note is flat, the
vibrating length must be shortened. Move the bridge
saddle forward, toward the pickups, to shorten the
length.
NOTE:
IT WILL OFTEN BE NECESSARY TO
RETURN THE OPEN STRING TO STAN-
DARD PITCH AFTER THE BRIDGE POSI-
TION IS ALTERED.
6. Repealt steps 4 and S for the remaining strings.
7. Repeat steps 1 through 6 as necessary until in-
tonation of all the strings is accurately adjusted.
Care for the Instrument
This is a high quality musical instrument constructed
from the finest materials and with the most up-to-date pro-
duction methods available. With reasonable care, It
should provide many years of service and outstanding
playability,
Temperature and Humidity
It is important that your instrument be protected from
any extremes or sudden changes in either temperature
or humidity. The instrument should be stored in its case
whenever It is not in Lise.
Strings
Your instrument has been supplied from the factory
with high quality Peavey Nickel Wound Balanced 9 s.
String life may be greatly extended by frequent clean-
ing with Peavey guitar string cleaner. Dirt and perspira-
tion tend to build up on the underside of the strings, so
it is often necessary to slide a rag between the strings
and the fingerboard. Dirt-laden strings cause tuning and
intonation problems, as well as rust and corrosion.
For best performance, strings should be changed ap-
proximately once a month or every twenty-four playing
hours. Some players may find that they prefer to change
strings more often
Finish:
Your instrument has a polyester/urethane finish which
is both durable and weather-resistant, but neverineless
needs care. Regular cleanings with Peavey guitar polish
is recommended. Between waxings, the instrument
should be wiped with a dry, soft cloth.
PEAVEY GUITAR ONE-YEAR
LIMITED WARRANTY/REMEDY
PEAVEY ELECTRONICS CORPORATION ("Peavey") warrants this Guitar to be free
from defects in material and workmanship for a period of one year from date of pur-
chase; PROVIDED, however, that this limited warranty is extended only to the original
retail purchaser ana is subject to the conditions, exclusions, and limitations hereinafter
set forth.
CONDITIONS, EXCLUSIONS, AND
LIMITATIONS OF LIMITED WARRANTY
This limited warranty shall be VOID and of NO EFFECT if:
1. The first purchase of the product is for the purpose of resale; or
2. The original retail purchase is not made from an AUTHORIZED PEAVEY
DEALER; or
3. The product has been damaged by accident or unreasonable use, neglect,
improper service or maintenance, or other causes nol arising out of defects
in material or workmanship.
This Limited Warranty shall not extend to or cover guitar strings. Replacement of
guitar strings 5 deemed 10 be reasonable and necessary maintenance.
Purchaser's exclusive remedy for breach of this limited warranty is repair of the defect
or replacement of the guitar, at the option of Peavey. Service work may be performed
by any Peavey Authorized Service Center or, if the service center is unable to provide
the necessary warranty service, you will be directed to the nearest other Peavey
Authorized Service Center which can provide such service. Or... you may return the
guitar, postage prepaid and insured, along with a description of the problem, proof
of purchase, and a complete return address to:
FEAVEY ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
International Service Center
Hwy, 80 East
Meridian, MS 39301
If the defect is remedial under this limited warranty, and the other terms and condi-
tions expressed herein have been complied with, Peavey will repair or replace the pro-
duct and will return it, freight collect, to the purchaser. Other than the postage and
insurance requirement, no charge will be made for such repair or replacement.
The liability of Peavey to the purchaser for any cost whatsoever, and regardless of
the form of action, whether in contract or in tort, including negligence, shall be limited
to actual damages up to an amount equal to the greater of the purchase price of the
product causing the damage or $500.00. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL
PEAVEY BE LIABLE FOR ANY LOST PROFITS, ANY INCIDENTAL DAMAGES, OR
ANY CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF THE USE OF OR INABILITY
TO USE THE GUITAR, EVEN IF PEAVEY HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE FOSSIBILI-
TY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
The foregoing limitation of remedy will not apply to the payment of cost and damage
awards for personal injury or damage to real property or tangible personal property
caused by negligence on the part of Peavey.
THIS LIMITED WARRANTY ISIN LIEU OF ANY ANC ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS-
ED OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TQ, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF
MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR USE; PROVIDED,
HOWEVER, THAT IF THE OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS NECESSARY TO THE
EXISTENCE OF THE EXPRESSED LIMITED WARRANTY, AS HEREINABOVE
STATED, HAYE BEEN COMPLIED WITH, IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARE NOT
DISCLAIMED DURING THE ONE-YEAR PERIOD FROM DATE OF PURCHASE OF
THIS GUITAR.
SOME STATES DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATION ON HOW LONG AN IMPLIED WAR-
RANTY LASTS, OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF INCIDENTAL OR CON-
SEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, 50 THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OR EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT
APPLY TO YOU. THIS WARRANTY GIVES YOU SPECIFIC LEGAL RIGHTS, AND YOU
MAY ALSO HAVE OTHER RIGHTS WHICH MAY VARY FROM STATE TO STATE.
THIS LIMITED WARRANTY IS THE ONLY EXPRESSED WARRANTY OM THIS
GUITAR, AND NO OTHER STATEMENT, REPRESENTATION, WARRANTY OR
AGREEMENT BY ANY PERSON SHALL BE VALID AS TO OR BINDING UPON
PEAVEY.
THE WARRANTY REGISTRATION CARD AND A LEBIGLE COPY OF THE PROOF
OF PURCHASES SUPPLIED TO YOU BY THE AUTHORIZED PEAVEY DEALER IN
CONNECTION WITH YOUR PURCHASE FROM HIM OF THIS GUITAR SHOULD BE
ACCURATELY COMPLETED. MAILED TO, AND RECEIVED BY PEAVEY WITHIN
FOURTEEN (14) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF YOUR PURCHASE.
Should notification become necessary for any condition that would require correc-
tion, the registration card will help ensure that you are contacted and properly notified.
If vou move from the address shown on the WARRANTY REGISTRATION CARD,
you should notify Peavey of the change of address so as io facilitate your receipt of
any bulletins or other forme of notification which may become necessary In connec-
ton with any condition thal may require dissemination of information or correction.
The WARRANTY REGISTRATION CARD and subsequent notices of change of ad-
dress should be mailed to:
PEAVEY ELECTRONICS CORPORATION
Р.О. Вох 2098
Meridian, MS 39302-2898
In the event any modification or disclaimer of expressed or implied warranties or
any limitation of remedies contained herein conflicts with applicable law, then such
modification, disclaimer or limitation, as the case may be, shall be deemed to be
modified to the extent necessary to comply with such law
The limited warranty is given by Peavey Electronics Corporation with respect to equip-
ment purchased in the United States of America
DANGER
ALL AMPLIFICATION ACCESSORIES, MICROPHONES, MIXERS, ETC., MUST
BE PROPERLY GROUNDED AND SHOULD BE UTILIZED WITH A 3-WIRE MAINS
SYSTEM IN ORDER TO AVOID ELECTRICAL SHOCK.
DANGER
DO NOT COME INTO CONTACT WITH OTHER ELECTRICAL APPARATUS WHEN
PLAYING (OR TOUCHING) YOUR INSTRUMENT. THE METAL PARTS OF THIS
INSTRUMENT ARE GROUNDED ACCORDING TO PROPER AND ACCEPTED IN-
DUSTRY PRACTICE, BUT IT IS POSSIBLE TO ENCOUNTER AN ELECTRICAL
SHOCK WHEN COMING INTO CONTACT WITH ANOTHER ELECTRICAL AP-
PARATUS IF IT HAS IMPROPER GROUNDING FACILITIES.
WARNING
DO NOT USE IMPROPER OR POORLY DESIGNED GUITAR STRAPS OR OTHER
MEANS OF SUPPORT, POSSIBLE INJURY COULD RESULT IF IMPROPER,
INFERIOR, ILL FITTING, OR WORN OUT STRAPS ARE USED. THE INSTRU-
MENT COULD POSSIBLY FALL, CAUSING BODILY INJURY OR DAMAGE TO
THE INSTRUMENT OR ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT IF THE HOLDING DEVICES
FAIL FOR ANY REASON.
DANGER
GUITAR STRINGS ARE MADE FROM VERY STRONG STEEL ALLOYS. THEY
ARE DESIGNED TO BE USED UNDER TENSION AND, UNDER CERTAIN CON-
DITIONS, THEY MAY BREAK AND SPRING AWAY FROM THE GUITAR. DO NOT
TUNE OR PLAY THIS INSTRUMENT WITH YOUR FACE IN CLOSE PROXIMITY
TO THE STRINGS, AS SERIOUS INJURY COULD RESULT IF A STRING SHOULD
BREAK.
WARNING
BASS GUITAR STRINGS ARE UNDER CONSIDERABLE TENSION WHEN THEY
ARE TUNED TO CONCERT (A-440) PITCH. EXERCISE EXTREME CARE WHEN
TUNING (ESPECIALLY ABOVE CONCERT PITCH) OR WHEN EMPLOYING
STRING BENDING OR “POPPING” PLAYING TECHNIQUES. THE POSSIBILI-
TY OF STRING BREAKAGE AND PERSONAL INJURY EXISTS UNDER THESE
CONDITIONS.
NOTE
THE PATCH CORD BETWEEN THE GUITAR AND THE AMPLIFIER IS AN EX-
TREMELY IMPORTANT LINK FOR OPTIMUM PERFORMANCE. A HIGH QUALI-
TY, WELL SHIELDED CORD SHOULD BE USED IN THIS APPLICATION.
FENEY:
Features and specifications subject to change without notice.
Peavey Electronics Corporation 711 A Street / Meridian, MS 39302-2898 / U.5.A. / (601) 483-5365 / Telex: 504115 / Fax: 484-4278
©1993 480301762
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