Well, I finally got some toys to make my so far guitarless stance in London easier. Fuck Denmark Street, and long glory to eBay!
Without further ado, I present to you the Peavey Predator Plus ST-7:
(Black 7th string tuner, WTF?)
The fretboard is dry as a cat tongue. It totally screams for a lemon oil shower (It even blends with the maple headstock on sunlight...).
I thought the pickguard was plain white, but it ended being a bit more flashy... The finish has some flake to it as well, somewhat of a metallic black.
The bridge is RECESSED into the body. Bravo. Seriously, more companies should do this. It's just sooo fucking comfortable. And the action is very low as well.
And finally, your typically awful strat-type neck joint.
Now, with the amp...
The Peavey kicks ass. Seriously. It's korean methinks, with poplar body (). But it sounds fairly resonant. Thicker strings wouldn't hurt.
The neck profile is awesome, thin but comfortable and VERY wide. Think of a Schecter with a thin neck (I know, you can't ). Don't know the radius but it's pretty comfortable as well.
The bridge design (even though I normally despise TOMs, and stoptails even more) is fucking stellar. I mean, a recessed TOM bridge in a 50 pound guitar? (yeeah, you read that right). Awesome
Downsides? The tuners are crap, the pickups probably are as well (can't tell much with this setup), the lower horn could be bigger for better comfort playing sitting down and the frets could definetly be taller.
Oh, and yes, the guitar is ugly
The Roland 30X is nice (34W, 1x10 speaker). Definetly too loud for a bedroom, but the power squeez button does wonders. Great for a practice amp, but I'd probably get the 15W instead for that. I got this one because it was fucking cheap (cheaper than the 15W ones, lol).
It's certainly a bass heavey amp. You'll probably want to get the bass way down on this little bud. The amp sims are ok, I guess. The Black Panel works for pop, the Tweed for blues and the metal amps are so-so. they sound nothing like the amps they supposedly represent, but the recto model works very well for bringing the br00tz. My favourite is the Dyna-Amp model. It claims to be extremely pick sensitive, which is extremely false. however, it's still less compressed than the rest so to me it sounds the best.
It also has a tuner and an AUX minijack in for playing music through it. Ideal for improvised parties combined with a laptop, as I was taught a couple of weeks ago
So here you go, hope this helps some folks looking for cheap gear that works great. I got both things for 115 pounds!
Nice scores, dude! Just so you know, poplar is basically ugly alder when it comes to sonic characteristics. And alder = awesome. With a solid paint color, nobody would know the difference.
After you spend some time with the guitar you might find a couple of things you want to upgrade like the tuning machines (I'm sure that black one is a result of an original one shitting out), but I've played a couple of Peaveys before and was surprised about their overall quality for the price.
Those little Rolands are great bedroom amps too.