Ok, I'm posting this again but for good this time. I've had my fun with it but its too heavy for me to gig with and I'm about to pull the trigger on a custom build so the funds will come in handy.
The short: A mostly closet kept 1989 Peavey Foundation, made in the USA, minimal fret wear and plays like a dream.
Current setup is with Dunlop Nickels 45-105 and it sounds very good. I still think my favorites on this bass are DR Low Rider 40-100 as it gets really snarly.
Relief at 8th fret .0125
String height at 17th fret
- E and A strings 6/64th
- D and G strings 5/64th
Played fingerstyle it is a perfect setup IMHO. Heavy with a pick and you get a little bit of fret buzz, particularly noticeable when played in the upper registers where it is dead flat from 13th fret on. Peavey didn't create any fall away so I'd recommend increasing string height to 7/64th and 6/64th (which is about right for 8" radius anyway) or having a luthier create a hair of fall away if you demand the super low action with a pick all the way up. I guess I'm being picky on your behalf.
I've continued keeping it snug in the closet only breaking it out to play around with it in my non-smoking home, short of one gig where I realized quickly it was too heavy for my bad back.
I've looked it over again and realized I put in one more fine scratch of about an inch long. All other details sans what I've listed above are the same. More details and photos from older post... 1989 USA Peavey Foundation w/ Super Ferrites
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