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Peavey AT-200 Auto-Tune Guitar - Black Reviews

4.0 stars based on 6 customer reviews
  • Joe Thomasen
    from Little Rock, AR March 7, 2013Music Background:
    Cover band player

    Major Peavey Touchdown!

    It took me a while to realize that it was working correctly because I could hear the actual guitar. A friend of mine suggested using headphones so I could isolate the tone and whammo! It really is amazing and now that I've played it out a few times I am just overwhelmed at how cool it is. Even though it was expensive I sprung for the add on pack from Antares. I can't suggest that enough because I took my old MIDI controller from 20 years ago out of storage and now I can change tunings or instruments on the fly! Now I can cover the acoustic parts and then play an electric solo in the middle of a song. Seriously considering an AxeFx now because then I could really move everything up a notch. Great job Peavey!!

  • Timothy Buss
    from United States February 19, 2013Music Background:
    Producer/Composer/Guitarist/Bassist/Keyboards

    Very Happy with this Guitar

    This guitar as it stands is an excellent guitar that will make life much better for you because of the auto tune but especially because of the solid tune intonation system. This is a well made guitar with a 5 bolt neck, a mid weight body, considering the extra electronics and 4 AA batteries. Everything was as it should be and worked well right out of the box. The only reason I bought this without trying it out is because I bought it from Sweetwater, and I trusted them. I loved the thin and slightly wider neck than some others, and the neck feel was really comfortable.
    If you are like me and want to exploit the auto tune system, it is a bit of both investment and work to properly exploit the full system. You need the breakout box and a midi adapter and then you can purchase packages of guitar sounds, which are not really cheap, and you need a system to switch the sounds which is either a floor mount box or you can use an iPad as a control surface to switch to various guitar models, which is what i am leaning toward. Even if you just get the guitar and no accessories, you will be very happy with your purchase.

  • Timothy Buss
    from Richmond, VA January 29, 2013Music Background:
    Pro Musician/Producer

    It's Quite Amazing...

    A guitar needs to do feel good under your hands and be comfortable to play. I love the slightly wider finger board and thin neck, It's perfect for me. The body is well balanced, the pickups are very good. The gravy this guitar provides is the auto tune and solid tune perfect pitch and intonation system, WHICH REALLY WORKS, and is simple to use. All the hype you have heard about this guitar is really true. I am waiting for the breakout box which will expand the capabilities of the guitar a great deal.
    Sweetwater had the guitar shipped the same day ordered and I would never buy a guitar unplayed except through them. I have a lot of trust in Sweetwater and they have not ever let me down.
    Restring it with a good quality strings and you will be in guitar heaven.

  • Mark King
    from Los Angeles California January 6, 2015Music Background:
    singer, guitar player, song writer, recording engineer

    An Interesting Tool

    I like the AT200 guitar, but only after some adjustments. It's quite pretty but the detailing on the China-sourced instrument left a lot to be desired. The frets were sharp at the edges of the neck and the intonation was WAY off.

    Why does intonation matter on the AutoTune guitar? Because if the AutoTune section dies then you'll want to switch to mag pickups and keep playing. Sometimes the mag pickups just plain perform a lot better, like driving a saturated Boogie Dual Rect, the AutoTune piezo bridge pickups are just too noisy to use with a super high gain amp like the Boogie.

    This was my biggest gripe about the Line6 axes, the piezo pickups don't reproduce the same nuance as magnetic pickups, no matter what software you're processing through.

    I have been using the AT200 a lot in the studio as a writing instrument. It is really great to lay down a scratch guitar track that I KNOW IS IN TUNE. Sometimes the scratch track becomes the main guitar track if it was really well played.

    My biggest gripe about the guitar is the location of the toggle switch between the volume and tone knobs, it is too easy to hit that switch and change pickups when trying to adjust the volume, especially in a fast song with a lot of changes.

    I used a fret file on the ends of the frets and tweaked up the intonation, added a new set of strings and this guitar was ready to make music. I recently recorded a Reggae original song and it was perfect tone-wise with the AT200 with the Autotune engaged.

    If you can only afford one guitar I would choose a different instrument but if you can afford an AT200 as a second or third (or 37th) guitar it is a fun axe.

    BTW my GF gave me my AT200 for Valentines day so it's RED and she named it Valentine. I have quite a few attractive Gibson guitars in my collection but she thinks this guitar, with its metal-flake finish, maple neck and dark fingerboard is the prettiest guitar I own.

    Good music to all!

  • Erik
    from Tennessee August 30, 2014Music Background:
    songwriter/producer

    Guitar is great but tech service needs improvement

    The guitar arrived on time,well packed and intonated..the tech hadn't even looked at the software which was outdated..it was missing the batteries...I had to purchase a midi to usb interface and a custom made midi y cable (almost $100.00) to install the updated software myself..the guitar itself is great Comes in a cheap cardboard box so you will also have to spring for a case...

  • WOLFMAN63
    from dayton, ohio February 21, 2014Music Background:
    at age 67 I've been playing guitar in bands for over fifty years.

    AMAZING YES BUT.............

    i BOUGHT ONE TODAY. AFTER HOOKING IT UP AND PLAYING WITH IT FOR A WHILE, I RETURNED IT. THE AUTO TUNING IS AMAZING. THE INTONATION IS PERFECT. YOU CAN ACCESS A LOT OF DIFFERENT TUNINGS. IT IS COMFORTABLE TO PLAY........MORE OR LESS. THE DOWNFALLS ARE AS FOLLOWS. THE OUTPUT IS WEAK. SO WEAK IN FACT THAT WHEN THE AMP IS TURNED UP ENOUGH TO ACTUALLY USE THE GUITAR, THE NOISE FROM THE ELECTRONICS AND THE MICROPHONIC NOISE FROM HANDELING THE INSTRUMENT ARE LESS THAN AN AMAZING FEATURE. THE TUNING AFTER USING THE AUTO TUNE FEATURE TO BAR AT THE FIRST FRET TO DROP ALL THE STRINGS A HALF STEP IS OFF. TONE IS LESS THAN AMAZING PROBABLY DUE TO THE DIGITAL REPRODUCTION OF THE SOUND AFTER THE ANTARES CIRCUIT. tHE GUITAR IS WELL FINISHED AND ATTRACTIVE, BUT AFTER TRYING TO USE IT, I BELIEVE I HAVE A COUPLE OF CHEAP EPI'S AND SQUIER'S THAT PUT IT TO SHAME SOUND WISE AND PLAYABILITY WISE. THE "BREAKOUT BOX" THAT POWERS THE ANTARES UNIT NEEDS SOME WORK AS FAR AS THE CABLE THAT CONNECTS IT TO THE GUITAR. IT IS A PAIN IN THE REAR TO PLUG IN, AND IT IS THICK,TANGLES EASY, AND SORT OF A NUCENCE IN GENERAL. I LOVE PEAVEY GEAR AND HAVE A LOT OF IT. HAVE USED PEAVEY GEAR FOR YEARS WITH GREAT RELIABILITY AND HAVE VERY LITTLE BAD TO SAY ABOUT IT. BUT...............THIS ONE'S "JUST NOT FOR ME'". WHEN I RETURNED THE AUTOTUNE 200 TO THE STORE I BROUGHT HOME A PEAVEY "SESSION" GUITAR AND I AM SATISFIED WITH IT IN EVERY WAY.

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