News

Music Industry Remembers Peavey Master Luthier Michael Powers

Music Industry Remembers Peavey Master Luthier Michael Powers -

Music and audio innovator Peavey Electronics mourns the loss of one of its most celebrated instrument designers; master luthier Michael Powers, who passed away on April 29, 2013. Powers was an integral part of Peavey's development of musical instruments throughout the last four decades. He will be remembered for his innovative guitar designs, uncompromising work ethic, and warm nature.

Powers' first instrument was a $22 mail order acoustic guitar. He soon moved to an electric and attempted his first refinish. Stripping away the paint, he spray painted the guitar red. Powers would go on to play bass on the Chicago club circuit while developing his keen instrument repair skills.

After years of touring, Powers decided to shift his career towards repairing and designing instruments, which led to his first interaction with Peavey Electronics founder, Hartley Peavey.

"Mike was part of the heart of this company," shares Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey Electronics. "It's hard to think about him not being involved in our next generation of products. He was a master craftsman and someone I could always count on to do his best and more. He will be sorely missed."

After joining the company in 1981, Powers went on to help design some of Peavey's most iconic models including the Wolfgang®, Vandenberg, and Generation™ ACM guitars, as well as the T-45™, T-20®, Cirrus™, Millennium®, Foundation®, and Sarzo bass guitars. Throughout his career, Powers worked closely with artists such as Randy Jackson, Michael Anthony, Donald "Duck" Dunn, Steve Cropper, Eddie Van Halen and Rudy Sarzo.

"I'm devastated by the news of my dear friend and master luthier Mike Powers' passing. In the late '80s Mike and I worked side by side on every detail of the design of my first Peavey Signature model," says bassist Rudy Sarzo. "Mike was a perfectionist. His forward thinking, craftsmanship and attention to details is a major reason why I and countless musicians around the world play Peavey instruments."

Powers continued to develop innovative designs for Peavey into the 2000's while also overseeing its production facilities.

 

Comments

Related News

Peavey Unveil Line of Licensed Star Wars™ Products at San Diego Comic-Con

Peavey Unveil Line of Licensed Star Wars™ Products at San Diego Comic-Con

Peavey is set to pay tribute to the Star Wars film franchise at this year's San Diego Comic-Con with a...

Read Article
Peavey Electronics Launches Spider-Man Guitar Giveaway

Peavey Electronics Launches Spider-Man Guitar Giveaway

Peavey has announced a new giveaway opportunity for fans of Marvel®’s Spider-Man™. Between now and June 30, 2014, fans can...

Read Article
Peavey IPR2 2000 & IPR2 3000 now Shipping in Europe

Peavey IPR2 2000 & IPR2 3000 now Shipping in Europe

(PRESS RELEASE): Peavey Electronics has announced the IPR2 2000 and the IPR2 3000 from the revolutionary IPR Series will now...

Read Article
NAMM 2014: Peavey Releases The VYPYR Pro and Sanpera Pro Foot Controller

NAMM 2014: Peavey Releases The VYPYR Pro and Sanpera Pro Foot Controller

NAMM 2014: Peavey Releases The VYPYR Pro and Sanpera Pro Foot Controller - From the company that brought you the...

Read Article
Peavey FX 2 Series Mixers Now Shipping in Europe

Peavey FX 2 Series Mixers Now Shipping in Europe

Peavey FX 2 Series Mixers Now Shipping in Europe - Peavey Electronics has announced the immediate availability of the new...

Read Article
Peavey Electronics Announce Support of the Music Makeover Competition

Peavey Electronics Announce Support of the Music Makeover Competition

Peavey Electronics Announce Support of the Music Makeover Competition - Peavey Electronics has announced their support of the Music Makeover...

Read Article
Peavey Electronics Announces Stan Lee Autographed Guitar Giveaway

Peavey Electronics Announces Stan Lee Autographed Guitar Giveaway

Peavey Electronics Announces Stan Lee Autographed Guitar Giveaway - Giveaway features a Peavey Iron Man Rockmaster guitar signed by the...

Read Article
Peavey Electronics Introduces DW Acoustic Guitar Series

Peavey Electronics Introduces DW Acoustic Guitar Series

Peavey Electronics Introduces DW Acoustic Guitar Series - World-renowned musical instrument and equipment manufacturer Peavey Electronics® unveils a new addition...

Read Article
Peavey HIsys Range Now Available in Europe

Peavey HIsys Range Now Available in Europe

Peavey HIsys Range Now Available in Europe - Manufactured in Italy, Peavey's new and compact HIsys range comes in five...

Read Article
Peavey Electronic Provides Backline For ProgPower USA Festival

Peavey Electronic Provides Backline For ProgPower USA Festival

Peavey Electronic Provides Backline For ProgPower USA Festival - Known for providing some of metal’s most recognizable gear, Peavey Electronics...

Read Article
Peavey Helps Bring Shred-Meister Competition To Rockstar Mayhem Festival

Peavey Helps Bring Shred-Meister Competition To Rockstar Mayhem Festival

Peavey Helps Bring Shred-Meister Competition To Rockstar Mayhem Festival - Peavey Electronics, creator of some of the most iconic guitars...

Read Article
Peavey Announce the New MAX® Series of Bass Amplifiers

Peavey Announce the New MAX® Series of Bass Amplifiers

Peavey Announce the New MAX® Series of Bass Amplifiers - Peavey announce the new MAX® Series of bass amplifiers,...

Read Article
Peavey Vypyr VIP Series Variable Instrument Performance Amplifiers Shipping Now

Peavey Vypyr VIP Series Variable Instrument Performance Amplifiers Shipping Now

Peavey Vypyr VIP Series Variable Instrument Performance Amplifiers Shipping Now - Peavey's most advanced and awarded line of modeling amplifiers...

Read Article
Peavey Announce the Availability of the Ecoustic E110 in Europe

Peavey Announce the Availability of the Ecoustic E110 in Europe

Peavey Announce the Availability of the Ecoustic E110 in Europe - Peavey has announced the European availability of...

Read Article
Peavey Electronics Now Shipping AmpKit LiNK HD

Peavey Electronics Now Shipping AmpKit LiNK HD

Peavey Electronics Now Shipping AmpKit LiNK HD - Audio innovator Peavey Electronics® and award-winning app developer Agile Partners announce shipping...

Read Article
Hartley Peavey Receives Historic Mississippi Blues Trail Marker

Hartley Peavey Receives Historic Mississippi Blues Trail Marker

Hartley Peavey Receives Historic Mississippi Blues Trail Marker - Mississippi has honoured Hartley Peavey-founder and CEO of Peavey...

Read Article
Peavey Offers Rockmaster Bass Free With TKO 115 Bass Amp Combo (US ONLY)

Peavey Offers Rockmaster Bass Free With TKO 115 Bass Amp Combo (US ONLY)

Peavey Offers Rockmaster Bass Free With TKO 115 Bass Amp Combo (US ONLY) - Peavey is offering a...

Read Article
Peavey Nano Vypyr Grab & Go Modelling Guitar Amplifier Now Available

Peavey Nano Vypyr Grab & Go Modelling Guitar Amplifier Now Available

Peavey Nano Vypyr Grab & Go Modelling Guitar Amplifier Now Available - Peavey has packed 11 amp...

Read Article
New Peavey Triple X II Available Now to Unleash High-Gain Versatility

New Peavey Triple X II Available Now to Unleash High-Gain Versatility

New Peavey Triple X II Available Now to Unleash High-Gain Versatility - Peavey® Triple X® II Guitar Amplifier...

Read Article
Peavey AT-200 Guitar Featuring Auto-Tune by Antares Available This November

Peavey AT-200 Guitar Featuring Auto-Tune by Antares Available This November

Peavey AT-200 Guitar Featuring Auto-Tune by Antares Available This November - Revolutionary guitar provides perfect pitch &...

Read Article
Peavey Announces the Availability of New Tour TNT Bass Amps throughout Europe

Peavey Announces the Availability of New Tour TNT Bass Amps throughout Europe

Peavey Announces the Availability of New Tour TNT Bass Amps throughout Europe - Peavey have announced the availability...

Read Article
Peavey PV Series Loudspeaker Enclosures Now Powered With Efficient Class-D Technology

Peavey PV Series Loudspeaker Enclosures Now Powered With Efficient Class-D Technology

Peavey PV Series Loudspeaker Enclosures Now Powered With Efficient Class-D Technology - The legendary, best-selling PV® Series...

Read Article
Peavey Kicks Off 'Rehearsal Room Makeover' Sound System Giveaway Promotion

Peavey Kicks Off 'Rehearsal Room Makeover' Sound System Giveaway Promotion

Peavey Kicks Off 'Rehearsal Room Makeover' Sound System Giveaway Promotion - Peavey gives you 1,000 watts -...

Read Article
Peavey TKO Bass Amps now available in Europe

Peavey TKO Bass Amps now available in Europe

Peavey TKO Bass Amps now available in Europe - Peavey has completely redesigned a bass combo amplifier,...

Read Article
Peavey & Muse Research Announce the MuseBox Musical Instrument & Effects Module

Peavey & Muse Research Announce the MuseBox Musical Instrument & Effects Module

Peavey & Muse Research Announce the MuseBox Musical Instrument & Effects Module Available Now -  MuseBox™, the new...

Read Article
Peavey Muse Box Now Available

Peavey Muse Box Now Available

MuseBox™, the new plug-and-play, software-powered musical instrument and effects module for electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards, vocals, and drums,...

Read Article
Peavey is Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of its Legendary 6505 Series Guitar Amplifier Line

Peavey is Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of its Legendary 6505 Series Guitar Amplifier Line

Peavey is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its legendary  6505 Series guitar amplifier line, the amps that have defined...

Read Article
Peavey Announces Availability of Eagerly Awaited Butcher Amplifier Head

Peavey Announces Availability of Eagerly Awaited Butcher Amplifier Head

The Butcher is a two-channel amplifier with five 12AX7 preamp tubes and four EL34 power amp tubes. Both the...

Read Article