I am selling my Peavey Fury to fund some other instrument purchases. With the groups I play with my jazz bass sees a lot more action than the Fury. I contacted Peavey when I purchased this bass, and they stated it shipped in early 1996. From what I've read, Peavey stopped making these in the U.S. in 1995. There is a sticker on the back of the headstock with the number "95", and the headstock says "Handcrafted In The U.S.A.".
I found this bass at a pawnshop a few months ago. I had never had a "P" type bass before, but had read rave reviews about these, so I went ahead and picked it up. When I got it home I did a bit more research and came up with the following conclusion - this bass was probably played VERY little before it ended up in the pawn shop. My reasons for thinking this are:
-the bass had roundwound strings on it with black silk by the tuning pegs. The strings were obviously very old as they had rusted in several places. Also, the silks basically disintegrated when you touched them. I looked around online and found images of these bases with the stock strings, which also had the black silks by the tuning pegs. The bass is now wearing a set of chromes, about 2 months old.
- The first thing I did when I got home was give the bass a good cleaning, during which I noticed some plastic still on the pickguard. I took off the volume and tone knobs and the plastic hadn't been touched underneath them. It looked like whoever originally bought the bass just ripped the plastic off, and didn't pay very close attention to see if all of it had come off. This also told me that no one had probably ever taken the pickguard off and messed with any of the wiring or anything.
- Some of the frets closest to the body had developed sort of a "patina", for lack of a better word. I taped off the fingerboard and polished them with steel wool. There was also a bit of fret sprout on the upper frets, so I filed them down and polished them. Running my hand up and down the neck now feels smoother than my jazz bass.
True to what you read on these forums, the pickup in this bass is very strong and "throaty" sounding. I don't own any boutique basses or custom pickups, but I can tell the pickup is probably of better quality than my MIM jazz pickups. It just has a very polished sound to it.
The neck is perfectly straight and the bass sets up beautifully. As on most basses, you can adjust the truss rod and bridge saddles. The bass also had a neck tilt adjustment underneath the neck plate.
There isn't any "battle damage" or any dings on the finish. There is a hairline crack behind the bridge, but I couldn't even get it to show up in photographs, it's probably finer than hairline, I just don't know how else to describe it. The white finish has yellowed a bit due to the age, but I think it looks really sharp as the pickguard is still perfectly white.
When I bought the bass it came with what appears to be the original Peavey padded gig bag, which is also included.
I'm asking $250 shipped CONUS.
Trades I'm interested in are an acoustic/electric guitar or cajon. + cash my way is fine, but I'm not looking to trade up to anything of greater value at the moment. I also have a Boss LMB-3 Bass Limiter/Enhancer for sale that I could include in the trade deal. The LMB-3 is in new condition, with box, manuals, etc, and no velcro on the bottom. Although it is called a Limiter/Enhancer, it's actually an extremely versatile compressor, as you will find by reading Bongo's review on the pedal.
Now for the pictures: