Peavey‘s flagship electric guitar, the HP 2 Tremolo, is launched in the UK

Peavey HP2 Tremolo
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Peavey has officially launched the HP 2 Tremolo in the UK and Ireland. The top-of-the-line electric guitar made its debut at NAMM 2017, having evolved out of the Wolfgang series that Peavey co-developed with the late, great Eddie Van Halen.

There are many similarities between the EVH Wolfgang models, most notably the slightly offset body shape, but quite a few differences, too, with the D-Tuna removed and in its place a regular Peavey/Floyd Rose licensed, double-locking tremolo.

Named after Peavey CEO Hartley Peavey, the HP 2 Tremolo has a basswood body with a highly figured flame maple cap, with cream binding. It has a 25.5" scale, 22 jumbo frets, and uses the same piece of birdseye maple for the neck and fingerboard, the former finished in oil, the latter landscaped into a very shreddable 15" radius. 

Seated in the body are a pair of Peavey humbuckers that are double-wax potted to kill noise in high-gain and high-volume scenarios, with controls for volume, tone and a push-pull coil-tap that allows you to split both humbuckers into single-coils.

Peavey has gone all-in with the quality components, using Schaller locking tuners on the distinctive tilt-back headstock, and a Switchcraft output jack.

Priced £2560, the HP 2 Tremolo is available now in Black, Deep Ocean, Moon Burst, and Tiger Eye finishes. See Peavey for more details.

Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.