My 1989 Peavey Foundation for your trade or purchase consideration. Now that I've evaluated it for an extended period of time, I've realized that while the Peavey Foundation is an excellent bass it isn't for me.
The gentleman I picked it up in July claimed to be the original owner. This bass has clearly seen very little use which I believe substantiates that. I had no reason to believe otherwise although have not evidence for it.
I have not considered selling it at this time although I'm going to throw a dollar amount out here of $375 shipped CONUS for the time being. I may reevaluate that position depending on how trade offers go.
Edit: Now opening up for sale.
$350 $325 shipped CONUS.
She weighs in at what I will call 9.8lbs. Weighed using the me with/me without method on my household scale multiple times. It actually read 9.6lbs multiple times but I'm going to call it 9.8lbs to be safe.
Finished in what I believe to be Sunfire Metallic Red but I have no other personal reference other than this bass. It looks like the color of any photos I've seen of Sunfire Metallic Red but also has similar pearlessent qualities to the pearl pink (at least that I can tell from reference photos). Here is what I can tell you for certain… the metal flake is so small it is almost like liquid metal. What is a deeper red, reflects lighter red orange or red pink in bright lighting when viewed at the right angle. That may simply be the metallic paint though. There is light buckle rash and a couple nicks and bruises. The worst is a chip that has gone through the paint to what looks like a whitewashed undercoat.
All hardware is super clean and looks nearly new. No rust or corrosion that I can find. Adjustment screws move freely. Tuners operate perfectly. I will not be including the strap locks, I still need these. No worries I'll reinstall the originals. Screw size and threading was basically the same.
Straight neck. Smooth fret edges and what appears to be lightly rolled edges. VERY light fret wear primarily in 1st position. I never polished the frets after taking ownership of it. Back of neck very nice with no nicks that I can find. There is one flaw which is clearly an issue that occurred at the factory. The neck doesn't sit tight all the way around the pocket. There is a slight gap on the long side and at the base. I have pulled it into position and retightened the neck. I brought it over as far as possible while remaining stable and secure. I will show the neck pocket gap in forthcoming photos. The truss rod moves freely and the adjustment nut is still shiny.
It is set up with DR Sunbeams 45-105. Relief is currently set to .010" measured at the 8th fret. Action measured at the 17th fret is E=6/64", A=6/64", D=5/64", G=4/64". I'm not getting fret buzz finger style, but do when playing with a pick. I am encountering clank finger style but partly due to the fact that they relief settled in from .013" to .010". I just haven't adjusted it back yet. At .013" it seemed just right for me with the looser Sunbeams and my heavy handedness.
Pickup surfaces still look very good with very little wear on the neck pickup. All electronics work and the Super Ferrite pickups sound stellar as always. The neck volume pot is just a slight bit scratchy and needs to be blasted with cleaner. The rubber grip rings on the knobs are still pliable and grippy.
The bass includes a Peavey pointy logo hard case. There are some scuffs and scratches but no major damage of any kind. All latches are in good shape. Interior is still fluffy but has the light smell of potpourri. The original owner apparently kept their house very scented.
This bass feels nice in the hands and plays great. Similar feel to a Fender jazz neck. It sounds terrific like any other super ferrite based Peavey. Aggressive jazz bass tones and a pretty darn good precision tone when you roll off the bridge.
I'll field any offers for trade - straight or partial +/- cash to offset any mismatch in value.
Here are some things on my acquisition list... although I'm open to other ideas. A minty silver faced GK 210MBE is a hot item for me.
A GK 210MBE extension for my MB210
Darkglass B3K or B7K
Darkglass Vintage VMT
Soundblox 2 Dimension Reverb
Fender Am Std jazz in Blizzard Pearl w/ rosewood neck
Parts to build a custom jazz bass (sans pickups)
- blizzard pearl jazz body is a win
MIM Strat or Tele
Here are some initial photos. I'll add more showing the blems and greater detail tomorrow...