2010 marks the 45th anniversary of Peavey Electronics — in 1965, fresh out of college, young Hartley Peavey set up shop in Meridian, Mississippi with a few thousand dollars in capital and a logo he had sketched in high school. (He had already received his first patent a year earlier.) He had one goal in mind: to build amplifiers that met a repeated demand from musicians for good equipment at a reasonable price.
Clearly his fledgling business succeeded — and in a BIG way! Today, Peavey has been producing amplifiers continuously for 45 years, and has expanded and diversified to where the company now makes more than 2,000 products, which are sold in 137 countries, and has earned more than 180 patents. Peavey broke new ground early on by adopting computers on their production line. Hartley also produced the first truly computer-machined, precision-made musical instruments using CNC technology. Today those same techniques are standard throughout the industry.
In 2010, MIPA recognized Hartley Peavey with a Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award, the highest honor given in the global music-products industry. Our congratulations to our friend and partner, Hartley Peavey, and to everyone at Peavey Electronics. We’re looking forward to celebrating with you all year long!