He kept the drawing, and the Mystic wound up looking a lot like that outline.“Hartley was always making suggestions about ‘massaging’ the shapes of guitar bodies, so maybe he was thinking of that old sketch when he guided me with the shaping of the Mystic,” said Stolte.The Mystic/Razer had a maple body, a 243/4″ scale, and a maple neck, which had 23 frets and a 12″ radius.Controls included a master Volume with two Tone knobs that operated Peavey’s innovative single-coil/dual-coil circuitry for each pickup.“Peavey was trying to broaden its appeal beyond the country-and-western base they’d been identified with.” Brandon Stolte worked in Peavey’s drafting department from the fall of 1982 to the spring of ’86, and was involved in the development of the Mystic and Razer.Peavey veteran Mike Powers (1950-2013) was head of guitar development at the time; he and founder Hartley Peavey monitored the evolution of new designs. “With the Razer, I wanted to develop a unique profile that could not be mistaken for anything else, even in silhouette.This photo is of one of the first prototype necks that came out (number 003).
If you find one with a coin in it, it was likely a prototype that slipped out of the factory somehow. This particular neck had all zeros for a serial number.These were primarily non production units, and were not supposed to get out into the public. Most people were unaware at the time that Chip inserted decimal points in different places on the zeroed-out serial number........depending upon who the sales person was.This left an easy trail to follow if an early non production model were to ever slip out.In its nearly two decades of existence, the Foundation was offered in numerous incarnations, including versions called Custom (matching headstock, pearl or metallic finish), LH (left-handed), and S (two split-coil humbucking pickups), as well as fretless, five-string, and active variants.Noted endorsers included Roger Glover (Deep Purple), Kyle Henderson (Producers), and Mario Cippolina (Huey Lewis & the News).James “T-Model” Ford onstage with his Peavey Razer. (RIGHT) Producers bassist Kyle Henderson endorsed the Foundation Bass. Just a handful of years after Peavey turned the world of electric guitar upside-down with its T-60 guitar and T-40 bass, the company was feeling its oats.While the T series caught attention because their bodies were carved by computer numerical control (CNC) machinery that produced very consistent, durable, instruments, they also weren’t overly appealing, given prevailing tastes of the era.Hartley Peavey’s credo to offer dependable gear at reasonable prices carried over to the used/vintage guitar market, even if some of his company’s creations looked rather peculiar.Welcome the the "fun-facts" section of Chip's Corner.When Chip and Hartley came up with a patented method for manufacturing necks, they settled on the idea of using a torsion rod with a hook on the end, that would grab the wood and keep it from rotating.When the first carved samples came in, they quickly discovered that once the torsion rod was tightened up it pulled the hook right through the wood (or in some cases, straightened the hook out).