NAMM 2010: Peavey PXD Vicious Devin Townsend signature 7-string

I certainly make no secret about my Devin Townsend geekiness, and as you may remember I’ve been excited about the forthcoming Peavey Devin Townsend signature model for some time. The extreme awesomeness of Devin’s current album Addicted has only increased my gearlust, and I finally got my hands on the new model at NAMM. Here’s a photo I took at NAMM – note that the version on display has a different bridge and a neck pickup that aren’t present on Devin’s original one as seen on the display behind the guitar.

Let’s zoom in to the guitar itself, shall we? Note the cool DTP (Devin Townsend Project) logo at the 12th fret.

And here’s the press release:

‘V’ is for Vicious: Peavey Launches Latest PXD™ Guitar Design with Devin Townsend Signature Model
January 18, 2010

Peavey proudly introduces the new PXD™ Vicious™ Series and the PXD Vicious Devin Townsend Signature Model, a 7-string baritone metal guitar designed to his demanding specifications.

“When Peavey and I decided to collaborate on this project, I knew that I wanted an instrument that could crush everything while maintaining a high level of quality and elegance,” said Townsend, the renowned producer and mastermind of The Devin Townsend Project and Strapping Young Lad. “This quest has redefined how I view the guitar. To have a company that knows how to get things done behind me with a metal axe like this is a real sense of power.”

The PXD Vicious Devin Townsend Signature Model has a 28″ baritone scale, seven strings and a maple neck-through-body design that gives the instrument incredible sustain. A pair of EMG pickups—including a custom EMG 81 7-string humbucker in the bridge position and an EMG 7-string single coil at the neck—give Devin’s Vicious guitar menacing rhythm and lead tones, as well as striking clean tones in the neck position. This gun-metal gray guitar is appointed with locking Sperzel® tuners and an ebony fretboard with jumbo frets.

The Peavey PXD Vicious™ is available in two additional models with a range of feature options, including an adjustable bridge with a string-through design and Coffin Case® hard cases or gig bags. PXD guitars feature high-output Peavey VFL™ active pickups or EMG® 60 and 81 pickups with the EMG Afterburner™ tone circuit, which boosts input gain up to 20 dB for the highest levels of saturation anywhere. See below for full feature options in the Peavey PXD Vicious guitar line.

The Peavey PXD Series is a new breed of extreme electric guitars that captures the aggression and attitude of modern metal players. With supercharged active pickups coupled to menacing slabs of tone-sustaining mahogany, the Peavey PXD Series is the sound of aggression and the perfect complement to the legendary Peavey 6505® Series guitar amplifiers. True to the music that inspired them, PXD Series guitars are built for speed, slicing leads and razor-sharp riffs.

Devin Townsend’s illustrious body of work includes The Devin Townsend Project, Strapping Young Lad, Steve Vai and numerous other projects, as well as production credits for Lamb of God, Bleeding Through, Darkest Hour, A Life Once Lost, and Soilwork. His latest release is “The Devin Townsend Project’s Addicted,” the second in a four-part album series.

Peavey PXD Vicious Series guitars will be available in Q1 2010 from authorized Peavey retailers.

PXD Vicious Devin Townsend Signature Model

Designed with Devin Townsend
7-string baritone instrument with 28″ scale
Maple neck-through-body design for incredible sustain
Alder body wings
Locking Sperzel® tuners
Adjustable bridge with string-through design
EMG® 7-string active neck pickup
EMG® 81 7-string active humbucking bridge pickup
Volume control
Three-way pickup toggle switch
Ebony fretboard with 24 jumbo frets
Glow-in-the-dark side fret markers for dark stages
Gun metal gray finish with black accents
U.S. MSRP $1199.99

PXD Vicious II

6-string guitar with 24.75″ scale and 24 frets
Set mahogany neck and body
EMG® 60 and 81 pickups
Two Volume and one Afterburner controls with 3-way toggle switch
Adjustable bridge with string-through design
Rosewood fretboard
Available in Matte Black, Gloss black, Gloss red, or Gloss white
Matte black model features brushed aluminum finish pickguard
Specially designed Coffin Case® case included
U.S. MSRP $799.99

PXD Vicious I

6-string guitar with 24.75″ scale and 24 frets
Set mahogany neck and body
Two Peavey VFL™ active pickups
Two Volume and one tone controls with 3-way toggle switch
Adjustable bridge with string-through design
Rosewood fretboard
Available in Matte Black, Gloss black, Gloss red, or Gloss white
Matte Black model features brushed aluminum finish pickguard
Specially designed Coffin Case® gig bag included
U.S. MSRP $499.99

LINK: Peavey

NAMM 2010: Highlights of Day 1

Today I trudged along for my very first NAMM and I think it’s safe to say my mind was utterly and stupefyingly blown. Below I’ll list some of my gear highlights, but first, here were a few incredibly cool things that happened today:

Geekboy alert: I saw both Michael Molenda and Brad Tolinski, two journalistic heroes of mine. Hopefully tomorrow I’ll work up the guts to say hello to them!

I had my photo taken with Nuno Bettencourt!

I met designer Rick Turner (and Seymour Duncan’s Evan Skopp)

I met probably the most friendly guy on earth, Vernon Reid. Seriously, I’ve heard stories about what a lovely guy he is and they’re all totally true. I just wanna hug him!

I saw Quincy Jones. QUINCY JONES!

I met Blake from the What’s That Dude Play website – awesome dude.

Finally met Pauline France in person. You may remember her from the awesome King of the Blues coverage she provided recently.

I interviewed Joe Knaggs, formerly of Paul Reed Smith and now with his own company, Knaggs. Can’t wait to get the interview transcribed and on the site – he was a very cool guy with lots of interesting stuff to say.

I met Brandon from Jim Dunlop, who has been great in supporting I Heart Guitar with info.

Checking out the new Martin gear. Look for a report soon.

Now for my day at NAMM. Apologies for the fuzzy iPhone shots – I took a camera but it’s having trouble interfacing with the computer, and I was clever enough to use my phone for some backups.

First off, here’s my view as I walked to NAMM. I literally got butterflies in my tummy like a little kid.

OK. Gear highlights.

The Ibanez UV77MC multicolour swirl 7-string reissue, painted by the artist who did the originals, Darren Johannsen.

Marshall‘s Dave Mustaine Megastack

Checking out the entire Blackstar amp range. Love that HT Club 40.

The new Randall Nuno Bettencourt mini combo amp.

The EVH Wolfgang Special! Yes, after a year of the EVH Wolfgang being totally freaking awesome on its own, it’s now going to be joined (in April) by a flat-topped version. You will also now be able to buy the Wolfgang neck and bridge pickups separately to add to your own guitar.

Seymour Duncan Slash signature pickup – designed to make Slash’s non-Derrick Les Pauls sound like his Derrick Les Paul!

G&L Rampage Jerry Cantrell signature models! In addition to the cream-coloured one everyone expected, there are a few other models with cool graphics.

Peavey Devin Townsend baritone V 7-string prototype. This axe is being displayed at NAMM to gauge the response, and if things go well it’ll make it to production. Devin’s latest CD, ‘Addicted,’ is so freaking awesome that I hope there’s huge support for the guitar. I checked it out and it was incredible – great attack and sustain.

More info on these items and others in the morning!

NEWS: Devin Townsend unstoppable live juggernaut means death for us all

Have you heard Devin Townsend’s killer new CD Addicted yet? I’ve given it more than a few spins – in fact I think I listened to it at least once a day for almost a month. Anyway, Devin is about to embark on a tour to promote the album and, if you will, launch his post-Strapping Young Lad career, finally giving his awesome solo work the attention and focus it deserves. You can catch him on tour with Scale The Summit, Cynic and Between The Buried And Me playing short little sets, but after that Devy is heading to Australia to play full headlining shows that are going to be freaking huge. Want an idea of how huge? Then check out this rehearsal footage of Devy and crew playing ‘By Your Command’ from Ziltoid The Omniscient!

Check out that sweet-ass signature Peavey baritone 7-string V, won’t ya!

If you go to the actual YouTube page for the video you’ll see this message:

Here’s a short clip of a DTP rehearsal, no overdubs, no fixes. We plan to have a choir for the tours coming up after January to cover the background vocals. My plan was ALWAYS to make the live experience tight, and like the record (with a few surprises…) This was our first take of By Your Command that day.

I am thrilled to be able to come play for you, thank you for allowing me to continue doing whatever it is I do. I believe now is the start of it all, What I want to do is pretty epic in terms of live concerts, I think my dissatisfaction with shows in the past is that I want to see and provide people with an EVENT, a spectacle… and the music is the soundtrack to the experience. First things first is getting the new band tight and disciplined, we’re ready to play this first tour (our first one) with BTBAM, Cynic, and Scale The Summit. When I complete ‘Deconstruction’ I believe we’ll have every musical base covered to make a heck of a statement.

Have a great new year folks, keep it strong, keep it brutal. Keep it quiet, keep it gentle.


Devin will be appearing at NAMM at the following times:

EMG booth: 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Peavey booth: 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Alvarez booth: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (40-minute solo acoustic set)

I’ll be checking out the Alvarez set and probably the Peavey appearance too.

Tour Dates
8 Jan 2010 6:00PM Rocketown Nashville, Tennessee
9 Jan 2010 7:00PM The Masquerade Atalnta, Georgia
10 Jan 2010 5:00PM House Of Blues – New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana
11 Jan 2010 7:00PM Meridian Hoston, Texas
12 Jan 2010 8:00PM The Prophet Bar (Big Room) Dallas, Texas
13 Jan 2010 7:00PM White Rabbit San Antonio, Texas
15 Jan 2010 7:00PM The Clubhouse Music Venue Tempe, Arizona
16 Jan 2010 7:00PM House Of Blues – San Diego San Diego, California
17 Jan 2010 7:00PM House Of Blues – LA West Hollywood, California
18 Jan 2010 6:30PM Slim’s San Francisco, California
20 Jan 2010 7:00PM Cervantes Denver, Colorado
22 Jan 2010 7:00PM Headliners Music Hall Louisville, Kentucky
23 Jan 2010 7:00PM Magic Stick Detroit, Michigan
24 Jan 2010 5:00PM House Of Blues – Chicago Chicago, Illinois
25 Jan 2010 6:30PM Peabody’s Downunder Cleveland, Ohio
26 Jan 2010 7:00PM Opera House Toronto, Ontario
27 Jan 2010 7:00PM Club Soda Montreal, Quebec
28 Jan 2010 7:00PM House Of Blues – Boston Boston, Massachusetts
29 Jan 2010 7:00PM Northern Lights CLIFTON PARK, New York
30 Jan 2010 7:00PM The Fillmore NY @ Irving New York, New York
31 Jan 2010 7:00PM Trocadero Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 Feb 2010 7:00PM Sonar Baltimore, Maryland
4 Feb 2010 8:00PM Music Farm West Columbia, South Carolina
5 Feb 2010 7:30PM Bijou Theater Knoxville, Tennessee
6 Feb 2010 7:00PM The Fillmore (Charlotte) Charlotte, North Carolina

12 Mar 2010 8:00PM The Tivoli (18+) Brisbane, Queensland
13 Mar 2010 8:00PM The Enmore Sydney, New South Wales
14 Mar 2010 8:00PM Billboard (18+) Melbourne, Victoria
16 Mar 2010 8:00PM Fowlers (18+) Adelaide, South Australia
18 Mar 2010 8:00PM Metro Fremantle (18+) Perth, Western Australia

(Keep an eye out for New Zealand dates too!)