Peavey HP 2 review

Compared to the O.G. Wolfgang that Peavey developed with Eddie Van Halen in 1995, the HP 2 is a chip off the old block, but this is a beast with some tricks of its own

Peavey HP 2
(Image: © Peavey)

Guitar World Verdict

After a hiatus, the Peavey HP 2 is back and as good as it ever was, with expressive high-gain pickups, a comfortable, highly playable design and first-class construction and materials.


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    It's a tone machine that excels with high-gain or clean amps.

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    Tigereye top is exquisite.

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    Great whammy setup.

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    Credible single-coil tones.


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    Can difficult to engage the coil-split setting.

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The Original Peavey Wolfgang model, developed by and for Eddie Van Halen in 1995 and discontinued in 2004 when Ed left Peavey to start his own EVH brand, was one of the Mississippi company’s biggest successes. 

That success continued when the model immediately re-emerged afterwards as the HP 2, with HP paying tribute to the company’s founder Hartley Peavey. 

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Chris Gill

Chris is the co-author of Eruption - Conversations with Eddie Van Halen. He is a 40-year music industry veteran who started at Boardwalk Entertainment (Joan Jett, Night Ranger) and Roland US before becoming a guitar journalist in 1991. He has interviewed more than 600 artists, written more than 1,400 product reviews and contributed to Jeff Beck’s Beck 01: Hot Rods and Rock & Roll and Eric Clapton’s Six String Stories.