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PEAVEY PARTS WITH EDWARD VAN HALEN
World-famous manufacturer launches 6505™ amplifiers, Carina™ guitars
December 21, 2004
Peavey Int'l. Headquarters—Peavey announces it has parted with Edward Van Halen after a 13-year partnership. Peavey
collaborated with the guitarist on his signature-model Peavey Wolfgang® Series electric guitars and Peavey 5150® Series
According to the company, Van Halen retains the rights to the names 5150 and Wolfgang, as well as certain design elements
of the Wolfgang guitar, but the 5150's circuitry and tone will remain in the Peavey family as the 6505™ amplifier. Peavey
will launch the new 6505—named in celebration of Peavey's first forty years, 1965 to 2005—at the Winter NAMM (International
Music Products Association) Expo, Jan. 20-24, 2005, in Anaheim, Calif.
Peavey will also debut its Carina (Italian for 'beautiful') guitars to replace the Wolfgang. Carina™ Series guitars
highlight many of the Peavey innovations used in the Wolfgang and other Peavey guitars, including computer-shaped necks
that ensure all Carina guitars exhibit a consistent, comfortable neck radius and superior playability.
The hugely successful 5150 Series guitar amplifiers and Wolfgang electric guitars, which launched in 1991 and 1995,
respectively, have become staples of modern rock music. Endorsers ranging from Ted Nugent, 3 Doors Down and Default to
underground metal heroes Atreyu, Darkest Hour and God Forbid, and even power-punkers such as Visqueen, have lauded the
contributions these Peavey products have made to rock 'n' roll.
"I'm very proud of the work we accomplished with Edward," says Peavey founder and CEO Hartley Peavey. "The 5150 Series has
earned its place as a rock guitar standard, and the Wolfgang is a staple in the pantheon of rock instrumentation. They're
both well respected pieces, and I'm glad we could bring those to life.
"As we enter our fortieth year of building innovative instruments, amplifiers and sound equipment, we're more focused on
the future than ever," he remarks. "We've pioneered a lot of 'firsts' in this industry, including making guitars using
computer-controlled machines, and even with more than 130 patents behind us, there's plenty of fertile ground ahead of us.
It's an exciting time for Peavey."