Awards

Product Awards & Recognition (selected, since 1986)


  • 2018 Musikmesse International Press Awards (M.I.P.A.), Best Bass Amplifier, Trace Elliot® ELF™ Ultra Compact Bass Amplifer
  • 2017 Music Inc. Product Excellence Award, Dark Matter™ Speaker Enclosures
  • 2016 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best DJ Product of 2016, Dark Matter™ Speaker Enclosures
  • 2015 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Product of the Year, VYPYR® Pro 100
  • 2015 Electronic Musician Editors' Choice Award, Peavey ReValver® 4
  • 2014 MMR Dealers Choice Award, Amplifier Line of the Year, Peavey Electronics
  • 2014 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best Instrument Amp of 2014, ValveKing® Combo 20
  • 2014 NAMM Best In Show awards, Peavey named "Company to Watch"
  • 2014 Bass Gear Best of Show, MiniMega®
  • 2013 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Sound Reinforcement Line of the Year, Entire Line of Peavey Sound Reinforcement Products
  • 2013 African Product Awards Best Musical Product, Peavey Electronics
  • 2013 Bass Gear Best of Show, VYPYR® VIP
  • 2013 Electronic Musician Editor's Choice Award, AT-200™
  • 2013 NAMM Best In Show "Gotta Stock It", VYPYR® VIP
  • 2013 Worship Leader Best of the Best, Gadgets/Accessories, MuseBox™
  • 2013 Worship Leader Best of the Best, Worship Team: Bass, TNT® 115
  • Guitar World Platinum Award, AT-200™, January 2013
  • 2012 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Sound Reinforcement Line of the Year, Entire Line of Peavey Sound Reinforcement Products
  • 2012 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best Power Amp, IPR™ 3000 DSP
  • Guitar Player Editor' Pick, AT-200™, Holiday 2012
  • Guitar Player Editors' Pick, Triple XXX® II, November 2012
  • Guitar World Platinum Award, Triple XXX® II, November 2012
  • Guitarist Guitarist Choice Award, AT-200™, November 2012
  • 2011 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Sound Reinforcement Line of the Year, Peavey Impulse® 12D
  • 2011 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Power Amplifier, IPR™ 3000
  • 2011 Music & Sound Retailer Award, ReValver™ MKIII.V, Best New Multimedia/Software
  • Music Inc. Best Products of 2011, AmpKit LiNK™
  • Guitar Player Editors' Pick, Session™, December 2011
  • Worship Leader Best of the Best Award 2011, Impulse 12D® and Sanctuary Series S32™
  • Guitar Player Editors' Pick, PowerSlide™, May 2011
  • Guitar World Gold Award, AmpKit LiNK™, February 2011
  • 2010 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Amp Line of the Year, Vypyr®
  • 2010 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Instrument Amp, 6505®+ 112
  • 2010 MIPA (Musikmesse International Press Award), Best Guitar Amp Combo, Vypyr® 15
  • 2010 NAMM Best In Show awards, Peavey named "Company to Watch"
  • 2009 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Power Amp of 2009, IPR™ 1600
  • 2009 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Amp Line of the Year, Vypyr®
  • Guitar World Gold Award for Overall Value, PXD™ Void III, November 2009
  • Bass Player Editor Award, VB-3™, September 2009
  • Guitar World Gold Award for Overall Value, Vypyr® 75, August 2009
  • 2009 Live Sound International/ProSoundWeb.com Readers' Choice Award, Best Large Format Line Array, Versarray™ 112
  • 2009 Music Inc Supplier Excellence Award, Overall Excellence
  • 2009 Guitar Player Readers' Choice Award, Best Home Studio Gear of 2009, ReValver™ MKIII
  • 2009 Future Music (UK), Platinum and Value awards, ReValver™ MKIII
  • 2008 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Instrument Amp of the Year, Vypyr®
  • 2008 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Product of the Year, Vypyr®
  • 2008 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Amplifier Line of the Year, Vypyr®
  • 2008 Premier Guitar Premier Gear Award, ReValver™ MKIII
  • 2008 ESPN "Easy Points: The Best of CES," RiffMaster™ Gaming Controller
  • 2007 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Sound Reinforcement Line of the Year
  • 2007 Music Inc Supplier Excellence Award, Product Innovation
  • Guitar World Gold Award for Overall Value, Windsor™, December 2007
  • Bass Player Editor's Award, Tour 700™ and Tour 410™, November 2007
  • Guitar World Gold Award for Overall Value, ValveKing®, September 2007
  • Adobe Systems Web Site of the Day, PeaveyCustomShop.com, August 27, 2007
  • 2007 NAMM Best In Show, PeaveyCustomShop.com
  • 2006 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Amplifier Line of the Year
  • 2006 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Sound Reinforcement Line of the Year
  • 2006 Music Inc Supplier Excellence Award, Level Playing Field (Dealer Fairness)
  • Guitar World Platinum Award for Quality & Design, HP Special™ CT guitar, August 2006
  • 2005 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Effects Processor, Dual DeltaFex®
  • 2005 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Power Amplifier, CS® 800x4
  • 2005 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Sound Reinforcement Line of the Year
  • 2005 Music Inc Supplier Excellence Award, Level Playing Field (Dealer Fairness)
  • 2005 MIPA (Musikmesse International Press Award), Best Guitar Top, JSX®
  • 2004 Music & Sound Retailer Awards, Manufacturer of the Year
  • 2004 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Rep of the Year, Gregg Wilson
  • 2004 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Power Amplifier, PV® 2600
  • 2004 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Instrument Amplifier of the Year, JSX®
  • 2004 Music Inc Supplier Excellence Award, Product Innovation
  • 2004 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Sound Reinforcement Line of the Year
  • 2004 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Amplifier Line of the Year, January 2005
  • Guitar Player Editors' Pick Award, JSX®, May 2004
  • Guitar Player Readers' Choice Award, Best Amp Head, Triple XXX®, November 2004
  • Guitar Player Editors' Pick Award, XXL™, 2003
  • Guitar Player Editors' Pick Award, V-Type™, September 2003
  • 2003 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Outstanding Product Development
  • 2003 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Power Amp, CS® 800H
  • 2003 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best Speaker/Cabinet, PR™ 15
  • 2003 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Rack Effect, Kosmos® Pro
  • 2003 MIA (Music Industries Association, UK) Award, Individual Contribution to the Music Industry, Ken Achard
  • 2003 MIA (Music Industries Association, UK) Award, Best Overall Live P.A. System, Escort®
  • 2002 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Rep of the Year, Robin Venters
  • 2002 Music & Sound Retailer Award, 2002 Product of the Year, Feedback Ferret®
  • 2002 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Manufacturer of the Year
  • 2002 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best Power Amp, PV® 2600
  • 2002 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Instrument Amp, TransTube® 258 EFX
  • 2002 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Bass, Cirrus™ Quilt Top
  • 2002 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Mixer/Console, XR® 696F
  • 2002 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New DJ Product, Club Mix™
  • 2002 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Rack Effect, Feedback Ferret®
  • 2002 EQ Blue Ribbon Award, Kosmos®
  • 1999 Guitar Player Editor's Pick Award, Wolfgang® Special*
  • 1999 Live Sound International Tin Ear Award, SP™ Series
  • 1999 Gig Prove It All Night Award, PVM™ 22
  • 1999 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Amplifier Line of the Year, TransTube®
  • 1999 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Mixer/Console, XR® 684
  • 1999 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Bass, Cirrus™ 5
  • 1999 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Guitar, Wolfgang® Special*
  • 1999 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Product of the Year, Wolfgang® Special*
  • 1998 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Power Amp, CS® 800S
  • 1998 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Speakers/Cabinet, SP™ 3G
  • 1998 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Microphone/Wireless System, PVM™ 22
  • 1997 EQ Blue Ribbon Award, SRM™ 2410, Best in Show AES
  • 1997 Technology Applied to Amusement Award, MediaMatrix®, 79th IAAPA Convention
  • 1997 TEC (Technical Excellence & Creativity), Outstanding Technical Achievement in Amplifier Technology, CS® 800S
  • 1997 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, Best Manufacturer for Service & Repair
  • 1997 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, Power Amps, Peavey 8.5c
  • 1997 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, Effects & Processors, DeltaFex®
  • 1997 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, Bass Amps, T Max™
  • 1997 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, Instrument Amps, Rage® 158
  • 1997 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, P.A. Enclosures; Peavey 115 DL
  • 1997 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, Studio Monitors, Impulse® II
  • 1997 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, Powered Mixers, XR® 600e
  • 1997 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, DJ Audio Equipment, CD Mix™ 9072A
  • 1997 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, Instrument Cabinets/Speakers, 412MS
  • 1997 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, Basses, Milestone®
  • 1997 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Best New Lighting Product, Lite 3008
  • 1997 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Guitar of the Year, Wolfgang®*
  • 1996 Electronic Musician Editor's Choice Award, MAQ 300 and 600
  • 1996 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten Award, Best Manufacturer for Service & Repair
  • 1996 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, DJ Audio Equipment, CD Mix™ 9072A
  • 1996 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, Powered Mixers, XRD® 680
  • 1996 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, Power Amps, Peavey 8.5c
  • 1996 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, Instrument Amps, Rage® 158
  • 1996 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, P.A. Enclosures, SP™ 5XT
  • 1996 Music & Sound Retailer Best of the Top Ten, P.A. Enclosures; Peavey 115 DL
  • 1996 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Product of 1995, Raptor®
  • 1996 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Product, Guitars & Basses; Raptor®
  • 1996 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Speaker, Monitor or Cabinet; SP™ 5XT
  • 1996 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Outstanding Product Development
  • 1995 Musician Editor's Pick Award, MAQ™ 300 and 600
  • 1995 Electronic Musician Editor's Choice Award, VMP-2™
  • 1995 Electronic Musician Editor's Choice Award, Spectrum Analog Filter™
  • 1995 NSCA Expo Award
  • 1995 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Outstanding Product Development
  • 1995 EQ Blue Ribbon Award, MediaMatrix® Miniframe 100, Best in Show AES
  • Most Popular Bass Amp 1994, TNT® 115, Making Music Magazine (UK) Readers' Poll
  • Amp of the Year 1994, Bandit® 112, Making Music Magazine (UK) Readers' Poll
  • 1994 Electronic Musician Editor's Choice Award, MIDI Controller Peavey C8
  • 1994 MMR Dealers' Choice Award, Outstanding Product Development
  • Rack in the Box Award, MediaMatrix®, AES (Audio Engineering Society) Convention, 1994
  • Best in Show, Delta VU™, AES (Audio Engineering Society) Convention, 1994
  • Best Club P.A. 1993, XR® 680, Making Music Magazine (UK) Readers' Poll
  • Bass Amp of the Year 1993, TKO® 65, Making Music Magazine (UK) Readers' Poll
  • Amp of the Year 1993, Bandit® 112, Making Music Magazine (UK) Readers' Poll
  • 1993 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Speaker, Monitor or Cabinet; Mini Monitor™ II
  • 1993 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Bass, MIDIBase™
  • 1993 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Lighting Product, Lighting Solutions
  • 1993 MMR (Musical Merchandise Review) Dealers' Choice Award, Outstanding Product Development
  • Best New Bass 1992, MIDIBase™, Making Music Magazine (UK) Readers' Poll
  • 1992 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Sound Reinforcement Product, SP™ 5Ti
  • 1992 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative DJ Product, CD Mix™ 7032
  • 1992 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Lighting Product, PV® Lite System 3000
  • Amp of the Year 1991, Bandit® 112, Making Music Magazine (UK) Readers' Poll
  • Best in Show, SDR™ 20/20, 91st AES (Audio Engineering Society) Convention, 1991
  • 1991 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Manufacturer Ad Campaign, DPM-3™
  • 1991 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Microphone, 520TN™
  • 1991 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Bass, TL6™
  • 1991 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Instrument Amp, Bravo™
  • Amp of the Year 1990, Bandit® 112, Making Music Magazine (UK) Readers' Poll
  • 1990 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Product, Keyboards; DPM-3™
  • 1990 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Lighting Product; Lite 2400™
  • 1989 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Product, Microphones; PVM™ 38
  • 1989 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Product, Sound Reinforcement; Deca 528
  • 1989 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Product, Loudspeakers, Monitors, Enclosures & Components; HDH
  • Amp of the Year 1987, LTD™, Making Music Magazine (UK) Readers' Poll
  • Best Amp of 1987, Bandit®, Making Music Magazine (UK) Readers' Poll
  • 1987 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Product, Sound Reinforcement; DECA™ 1200
  • 1987 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Product, Instrument Amplifiers; Mega Bass
  • 1986 Music & Sound Retailer Award, Most Innovative Product, Sound Reinforcement; DECA™ 700

Corporate Honors & Awards (selected, since 1978)


  • Recipient of AV Magazine's AV Awards 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award, September 2015 in London, England
  • 2015 NAMM Milestone Award for 50 Years of Service In The Music Products Industry
  • 2015 Musical Merchandise Review & Front Of House Special Appreciation Award in Commemoration of 50 Years of Service to the Music Industry
  • Named Citizen of the Year by The Meridian Star, March 2, 2012
  • Recipient of the MIPA (Musikmesse International Press Association) Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award, March 2010
  • Inaugural inductee to the Mississippi Innovators Hall of Fame, May 2008
  • Recipient of the Distinguished Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the University of Southern Mississippi College of Business, April 2008
  • 2008 Mississippi Tourism Association Award for Event of the Year, for "Mississippi: Celebrating a 50-Year GRAMMY Legacy" event
  • Recipient of Torchbearer Award from Better Business Bureau of Mississippi, March 2007
  • Recipient of inaugural Outstanding Community Award for charitable response to Hurricane Katrina, 2005 Music & Sound Retailer Awards, January 2006
  • Recipient of inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award, 2005 Music & Sound Retailer Awards, January 2006
  • Hartley Peavey's adaptation of CNC (computer numeric controlled) routing and copy lathe techniques to instrument making listed on Guitar Player's 101 Greatest Moments in Guitar History, April 2005
  • Named Man of the Year by The Music Trades, April 2005
  • Inducted into Vintage Guitar Magazine's Hall of Fame by readers of Vintage Guitar, April 2005
  • Recipient of inaugural manufacturer's Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar Player Magazine, January 2005
  • Recipient of Special Appreciation Award for 40 years of service to the music industry, MMR (Musical Merchandise Review), January 2005
  • Recipient of Honorary Doctor of Creative & Performing Arts degree from Mississippi State University (also delivered commencement address), May 8, 2004
  • Recipient of Guy Tozzoli Peace Through Trade Distinguished Leadership Award, Mississippi World Trade Center, 2003
  • Highway 493 North in Meridian, Miss., renamed Hartley Peavey Drive, January 30, 2003
  • Hartley Peavey inducted into Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame, 2001
  • Recipient of NAB (National Association of Business) Distinguished Performance Award for School-to-Work Company of the Year, 1998
  • Recipient of second annual EQ Magazine People of the Year Award, December 1994
  • Named No. 27 on the list of Top 100 Most Important People in Guitar by Guitar World magazine, May 1994
  • Recipient of the Senatorial Medal of Freedom, May 1994
  • Recipient of Business Alumni Fellows Award by Mississippi State University for alumni who have distinguished themselves in their respective careers, March 28, 1994
  • Recipient of 1993 Motorola Product of Imagination Award, presented by Electronics Engineering Times at the Powered by Motorola Awards ceremony in Austin, Texas, March 3, 1994
  • Received the United States Merchant Marine's Appreciation Award from the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration, December 8, 1993
  • Peavey Europe named Company of the Year by Backstage Musick Magazine, 1992
  • Honoree of The National Literacy Honors Award, selected for distinguished achievement and personal initiative in the cause for a literate America, November 22, 1992
  • Honored by President George H. W. Bush with a tour of Peavey Electronics and speech to all employees, the first occasion of a U.S. President recognizing a music and sound equipment manufacturer with a personal visit, December 3, 1991
  • Representative of one of the 20 companies selected nationwide to participate in the Japan Corporate Program sponsored by the United States Department of Commerce, January 1991 and January 1996
  • Listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the worldwide music industry in February '88, '89 and '90 issues of BAM Magazine
  • Inducted into the Rock Walk of Fame, Hollywood, California, January 17, 1990
  • Honored for Best Training Program by NAMM (International Music Products Association), 1989
  • Honored by the Meridian Public School System by renaming the Ross Collins Vocational School Auditorium (est. 1942) as the Hartley D. Peavey Auditorium, 1989
  • Honored by the Meridian/Lauderdale County Chamber of Commerce by the establishment of the Hartley Peavey Entrepreneurial Award (annual award given to regional entrepreneurs), 1989
  • Recipient of Award of Merit for Excellence of Commitment to Music in Mississippi, 1988
  • Inducted into the International Music Products Association (NAMM) Hall of Fame, 1988
  • Received "Captains of Industry" Tribute for State of Mississippi by Jackson Business Journal, 1988
  • Honored as Outstanding Alumnus of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Vocational Educators, 1985
  • Named permanent recipient of the Export Award for the State of Mississippi, 1986
  • Received Presidential "E Star" Award for Excellence in Exporting from the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1985
  • Designated as Man of the Year by The Meridian Star, 1984
  • Named Mississippian of the Year by Mississippi Broadcasters Association, 1984
  • Received Mississippi Export Excellence Award, 1984
  • Received Mississippi Export Excellence Award, 1983
  • Named Honorary Member of the National Association of Young Music Merchants, 1983
  • Honored by the City of Meridian by establishing April 21, 1982 as "Hartley Peavey Day"
  • Received Industrial Glove Award (Governor's Award for top industry in Mississippi), 1980
  • Recipient of Recognition for Contribution, Mississippi Executive Department, 1978
  • Received President's "E" Award for Exports from the U.S. Department of Commerce, 1978

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