Peavey T-25, Prototype (1980, Sustanite Resin, Red)

New to the collection a rare Peavey T-25 Sustanite prototype electric guitar, made in the US circa 1980. With 21 fret maple fingerboard with dot position markers, red finish synthetic body with two pickups and hard tail bridge, original Peavey hard case. This guitar is a unique prototype guitar with a `Sustanite` plastic and wood core body design, designed by chief designer Chip Todd. This model of guitar did not make it into production as the oil crisis had caused plastic prices to rocket, and would have been economically unsustainable. Furthermore, plastic injection moulding of the guitar necks proved also far from simple. Instead the T-series including the awaken T-60 guitar and T-40 bass, was put into production based on all-wood body design. In total there were 3 prototypes, one of each allocated to Hartley a Peavey, chief designer Chip Todd and the then head of Peavey Europe Distribution. This item is the latter. Details on this model can be seen in the treatise by Ken Achard – The Peavey Revolution, page 67 and onward. June 2013 this guitar was auctioned at Gardiner and Houlgate.