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Peavey Devin Townsend Signature PXD Vicious 7 String Baritone

Magazine article Guitar Player

Peavey Devin Townsend Signature PXD Vicious 7 String Baritone

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CO-DESIGNED BY THE GUITARIST AND mastermind behind the Dean Townsend Project and Strapping Young Lad, Peavey's new PXD Vicious 7 String Baritone is awelcome new enrtry to the 7-string scene. This big V-shaped ax with its gunmetal paint, black hardware, and insect-claw headstock looks sinister just sitting on a stand, and its complement of active EMG pickups (which get their juice from a 9-volt battery housed the control cavity) promise plenty of sonic savagery when you plug it in.

Things that make the Vicious 7 String Baritone hip include its broad "C" neck and polished jumbo frets, the solidity of its neck-through design with through, body stringing, and the tuneful intonation. Fit and finish on this guitar is impressive, and the pearl inlay at the 12th position and the abalone-topped Volume knob are welcome cosmetic touches on what is otherwise a pretty mean-ass looking guitar.

Tuned to the factory spec of E to low B, the PXD Vicious 7 String Baritone sounds much like a standard 7-string guitar, but delivers tighter lows courtesy of the extra string tension that's created by the 28" scale. Plugged into an appropriate amplifier--we deployed a Mesa/Boogie Dual Rectifier half stack for this test--the clear-sounding EMG neck pickup lays on a muscular twang when rifting on the low strings, while the bridge humbucker's louder, punchier attack makes lead lines bore though like a rock drill. The dual-pickup setting is great for rhythm work, and chords sound big, clear, and well detailed when played through a cleaner amp channel. …

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