Jazz dream Peavey JF1 review: get your free access to fingerboard and resonant tone

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1Peavey JF1 Figured maple cap Cream binding on body and neck12 pounds1 Check
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2Oscar Schmidt OE30CH Mahogany8 pounds
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3Epiphone ES-339 All nickel plated hardware. Neck: mahogany8.5 pounds2 Check
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4Gretsch G5422TDCG 5 Ply Maple16.14 pounds3 Check
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Peavey JF1
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Oscar Schmidt OE30CH
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BodyMahogany
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Epiphone ES-339
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8.5 pounds
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Gretsch G5422TDCG
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This hollow-body Peavey JF1 electric guitar gives you the perfect tone and sound feeling. It is great for jazz and fusion players. The guitar can provide the wide range of access for playing up and down the fret board.

The jazz players especially need to achieve the upper registers, and in order to provide this, Peavey slightly angled the neck of this classic design guitar. This is some kind of manufacturer’s step further.

Peavey JF1 EX is completed with modern Peavey humbuckers, the hollow, thin maple body. The guitar is lightweight and it can provide you with classic saturated and smooth sounds. It is equipped with a pair of volume and 2 tone knobs; and it has a 3-regime toggle-style pickup selector. Due to it you can take the guitar under total control of your fingertips.

Main Characteristics:

  • Classic binding;
  • MOP inlays;
  • 2 humbucking pickups;
  • Figured maple cap Cream binding on body and neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard.
Pros
Quality of tone
Quality of materials
Cons
Quality of selector switch

Reviews

According to the reviews, 92 % of respondents would gladly recommend Peavey JF1 to their friends. The instrument gives good sensations and pick up, many users enjoy solid electronics and, on the whole, playing this guitar makes them happy and matches up to their expectations. It is good for home jamming and for taking practice lessons, for both local and international events.

The guitar has a reasonable price, it is well designed and engineered, and looks very attractive. It’s easy to achieve the accurate intonation. The sound of the pickups is expectable from the guitar of this price range, and in order to make it better some users recommend replacing the pickups and pots. The neck has a brilliant playability and it is the main treasure of this guitar. The instrument is well crafted.

Here are some opinions about the jack. It is placed on the side of this guitar and someone finds it more practical than the frontal one.
This guitar has a touch of modernity and, nevertheless, is very versatile.

The pickups allow the player to show the best performance. The tone is far closer to a chambered Les Paul. Peavey JF1 EX is hollow, and a lot of users expect an airy tone. But the tone is surprisingly expressive. It does not give the impression of a hollow guitar.
In comparison to Ibanez Artcore products which are of the same price range and are not bad, Peavey JF1 wins, leaving them ashamed.

The guitar is strongly recommended to advanced students or musicians who know the difference and can appreciate the quality, but who can’t afford them or does not want to pay much. The guitar is excellent jazz solution and ideal for playing blues.
Some users think that Peavey JF1 EX is quite heavy for an instrument with a hollow body. It sometimes makes musicians to tinker with the intonations tuning, the low E and A notes are at the end of the adjustable range. If the manufacturer shifts the bridge by 1/4 inch, intonation tuning will be more possible.

Strings in the factory set are cheap and rust, D’Addario will give the guitar a full sound, so you can change them!
The hardware looks great. The guitar is very stable in keeping the tone. Working with the nuances of the tone is excellent. The small drawback is that the frets material looks as not very expensive steel, dear Peavey, please finalize its appearance, it can be much better!

These ones are a bit similar

On the whole Peavey JF1 gives us the expectable effect within this price range. It is not for very picky musicians, but for everyone who just wants a beautiful guitar for a reasonable price. Let us see which analogs we can consider.


Oscar Schmidt OE30CH

This classic semi-hollow electric guitar, with Washburn high quality, has two humbucking pickups, fitted with stop tailpiece and Tune-O-Matic bridge.

According to the reviews it has a good sound, provides smooth playing and proposes  a magnificent tone. But it soon becomes unturned if you accidently keep it in low humidity. You should take more expensive guitar if you need it for gigs and recording.

  • Oscar Schmidt by Washburn OE30 Delta King Semi Hollow Electric Guitar **INCLUDES: KACES PADDED GIG BAG, GUITAR STRAP & TMS POLISHING CLOTH** Classic 335 Body Style, 2 Covered Humbucker Pickups & Black Finish!!!
  • Oscar Schmidt Classic Hollow Body Style Mahogany Double Cutaway Mahogany Neck Rosewood Fretboard 2 Humbucker Pickups Controls
  • 3 Way Switch, 2 Tone, 2 Volume 22 Frets Tuners: Chrome Die-Cast Tuners Bridge: Tune-O-Matic Style Bridge with Stop Tailpiece Bolt-On Neck Overall Length: 40.5″ Lower Bout: 16.5″ Depth: 2″ Scale Length: 24-3/4″ Nut Width: 1-11/16″ Color: Black Model: OE30B CP PACK
Pros
Sound quality
Low price
Cons
Build quality

Epiphone ES-339

This semi hollow guitar with a Mahogany neck does not have large body dimensions; its “voice” sometimes has bell-like intonation (it can be adjusted). It is equipped with new Epiphone ProBucker Humbucker pickups. You can switch between Humbucker and single coil tones for each pickup. The hardware is all nickel plated. The guitar provides fast action.

According to the reviews it is versatile; its finish is glossy and it reflects well. The body size is very comfortable to work with. It has very clean sounds, the bass notes sound well.

The instrument has a beautiful appearance. Set-up (factory tuning) and action are perfect.

Tonal range is very wide. Playability is ok. This can be a surprise but you can’t adjust each pickup volume individually. Volume is common. There is a volume master for all.

  • Smaller body dimensions but with the bell-like tone of all ES Series guitars.
  • New Epiphone ProBucker Humbucker pickups.
  • Push-Pull coil tapping allows switching between Humbucker and single coil tones for each pickup
  • All Nickel Plated Hardware. Neck: Mahogany
Pros
Wide tonal range
The body size
Cons
Maybe: fret buzz

Gretsch G5422TDCG


Guitar with a completely hollow body made of maple: back, side and carved tops. There is a three-section bridge and a rosewood fretboard in the front, and then a vintage, trapezoidal trunk holder, decorated with the company’s logo. Pickups are presented with black Top Top Filtertron humbuckers.

Customers say that despite the fact that the guitar is hollow, even unplugged it sounds wonderful. Plugged instrument makes you feel free in any style except the high-gain metal. You can get very sweet and smooth blues, but the drawback is in its feedback which can be received with the large volume.

  • Laminated maple top, back, sides, and neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, hump-block inlays, 24.5″ scale
  • Rosewood-based Adjusto-Matic bridge with Bigsby B60 vibrato, vintage style open back tuners
  • Dual Black Top Filter’Tron pickups
Pros
Quality of stringed instruments
Maybe: comfortable drive
Cons
Veers on the expensive
High price

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