I've been on the lookout for a bass recently so I can get my friend's bass crap he left here 4+ years ago out and give me some more room... Went to Guitar Center, played 15+ basses and ended up liking one of the cheapest ones I found. Decided not to get it, since the price still seemed a little high, but after some research, I found that the bass was super rare (the Standard version could be had really cheap, but the Plus model was a different story, and the specs were completely different), and not many come up for sale often... so I decided the price was worth it for the specs and quality I was getting...
I give you, the Peavey Axcelerator Plus:
I was kinda bummed it didn't come with a case, since I know these came with one new, and Guitar Center wouldn't throw one in for less than $80 (which is ridiculous), but I guess since I'm probably only going to use this for studio use, it doesn't really matter in the long run.
- Swamp ash body
- Bilaminated rock maple neck
- Pau Ferro board (12" radius)
- 34" scale length, 21 frets
- 8* tilt headstock
- Graphlon topnut
- Reduced-mass "mini" bass machine heads
- (2) VFL Plus active humbuckers
- Low-impedance output (18v powered)
- Active high/low boost and cut shelving circuit
- Fully-shielded electronics
- Solid-milled bridge with saddle tracks
- Separate battery compartment
Basically... if it said a name other than "Peavey" on the headstock, this thing would've cost a fortune. I mean come on... Pau Ferro board and a Swamp Ash Body, handcrafted in the USA... for under $400?! The neck itself should be worth more than that.
Out of the lot I tried, this bass had BY FAR the clearest note definition. Not as "big" sounding as the Warwicks, but that's nothing a little processing wouldn't take care of. The bass feels like a Strat and is so easy to play that a guitarist who's never touched a bass could pick this up and instantly rock out on it. Super fast neck and impeccable fretwork. This bass was released in 1994, and for its age, it looks almost brand new. Overall, super happy with the purchase, definitely puts my friend's Ibanez SR500 to shame, and it easily stood up to $2000 basses they had at GC, for a fraction of the cost. I like this thing so much, that I've been looking into getting a few more USA Peavey basses, just because the value to price ratio on this one is so giant.
Here's a clip I made of it a few minutes ago doing some generic -core
: Only compression was added, though it doesn't really sound much different than what it was uncompressed... I just added it to even out the sound a tad and bring the volume up. FWIW, I would've never been able to play the faster parts of this song on my friend's Ibanez bass, but this thing feels so much like a guitar that everything is ridiculously easy to play on it.
Bass only: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4018922/Illa...icore_bass.mp3
With drums: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4018922/Illa...core_drumz.mp3