Picked this up last week, hoping I might be able to string it BEAD and play it live, but the tone isn't quite what I need for my band. Based on the serial number, I'd guess this is 2003 or later. You could contact Peavey CS for more detailed info.
This is a beautiful bass. Wood combo (I believe) is Claro Walnut top (with some nice flame), walnut body, walnut neck with maple stringers and pau ferro board. Has the semi-rare matching headstock (veneer over the carbon fiber). As is common with the MHS, the veneer is separating a little on the treble side, but I'm sure some super glue and a couple clamps could fix it. Came with one unoriginal knob, but I replaced it with a worn out Cirrus knob I had lying around. It ain't pretty, but I'm sure you can order a new one from Peavey.
Tone wise, this is somewhat unique. I own a handful of Peavey basses, that I play regularly, and as soon as I played this one, something stood out. Even my wife, who is usually passive about this stuff commented that this bass "sounds different" than my others. I'm not 100% sure, but it sounds like the high-mids are accentuated. I can EQ the bass to sound very warm and round, but it's natural, flat EQ tone is more suited to slap or perhaps rock. It kind of reminded me of a Spector NS-2 I owned a while back, but not quite as aggressive.
Playability is top notch. Action is at about 1.5mm from the 12th fret, and could probably go lower. Neck is smooth, fast and straight as an arrow. One of the easiest basses I've ever played!
She's in really good shape, but not perfect. There is a small ding in the neck, around the 7th-8th frets and what looks like white paint on the tip of the headstock, probably from hitting something. There is a small ding on the back of the bass-side horn as well as some scuffing near the bass-side straplock. The jack, while it works, doesn't hold the cable as tight as other jacks. I may replace it myself, but if not, I would suggest having it replaced/ replace it yourself. Nothing major at all- you can see what I'm describing in the pics below.
All-in-all, this is a killer bass. Looking to get $650 shipped east of the Mississippi, $650 +shipping west
. No case or gig bag, but I will pack the snot out of it, so it gets to you in one piece. I also insure whatever I ship over the purchase price, just in case something happens.
TRADES... would LOVE a Cirrus 5, preferably in Bubinga, or another US Peavey, especially if it's a 5'r. Also looking for a fretless, preferably unlined (4 or 5), or a Source Audio Bass Envelope Filter Pro. Beyond that, feel free to run something by me. Worst I can say is "no"! PM me with any questions/ offers. Thanks!
White marks on tip of headstock:
Knicks on the neck:
Ding on back of bass horn:
Scuffing near straplock:
Crappy knob (on left):
Better pic of the flame in the walnut: