|wild4oldcars ||08-12-2013 05:59 PM |
NBD 1991 Peavey foundation
After being on tb for a little while, I became aware of the cult following of US peaveys. The more I read into it, the more I liked what I heard, especially about foundations ( my stable was lacking a jazz style) so I began the hunt.
After a few months of searching for one at the right price point, I stumbled upon one on gc used online. Right price, right time, and most importantly, right pickups lol (super ferrites were a necessity for getting my feet wet in peavey.) I pulled the trigger, even though it looked pretty beat up in the picture. the only problem, it had to ship from one side of the country to the other. The LONGEST week and a half of my life. Finally, today, the ups man came with the big brown box, and it was like Christmas morning unpacking it lol.
First impression: it was beat up. Not too terribly, but not just a scuff. Plenty of paint chips, missing knobs, missing screws on the tuning heads (really?), a few gashes in the backside of the neck, rusty bridge screws, etc, etc, etc. just a lot of little stuff. I tuned up the decrepit, mismatched rounds to pitch, and expecting to hear the absolute dullest, airiest tone, I was pleasantly surprised with a pretty crisp, focused tone that resonated well. Very nice acoustic tone (for those who care, rosewood fingerboard, and I believe these were poplar bodied, correct me if im wrong)
Second Impression: I plugged it into my cheapo practice amp, turned eq to noon, turned both vol and tone to ten, and played. Wasn't very impressed at all. Then when I got up to chance the eq, horrid crackling came from a loose jack. Opened the cavity, bent the clip a little, fixed it a little, still there if I bump the cord with my knee or something like that. But with that pseudo-taken care of, I started to play with the eq and the bass' controls, and tone dramatically improved into this amazingly aggressive and open jazz bass sound (a la geddy?) and I understood what the peavey cult raved about. I didn't (couldn't) put it down for a few hours, and it nailed jazz bass tracks like nobody's business.
Final Verdict: Even though my example of this bass is less than pristine, it has great bones, and great tones. It'll stick around for awhile, I have a feeling ;) I hope there's room for one more on the Peavey bandwagon, as this is a hell of a lot of bass for virtually no money. Best NBD ive had in awhile :D
Pics to follow :)