find myself liking a "cheap" bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lee H, Jun 25, 2013.


  1. Lee H

    Lee H

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    I recently pickup a used Peavy Millennium at the Roseville/Sacramento flea mart. it was $80, so I figured I was not losing much if I didn't like it ..

    Now I am really wondering why squires get the love on here, instead of peavy. This Millennium is light and plays very well. I have it hanging next to a MIM fender jazz, and at the risk of pissing off the fender fans, the peavy is a nicer playing bass. It may just be me, but I also think it has more power/volume then the fender (both are passive).

    My cheap impulse buy has become something I am enjoying, and would take to a gig, and I haven't even changed the strings, yet.
    Why is peavy so often overlooked?
  2. shawshank72

    shawshank72 Supporting Member

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    Just be thankfull that people like us can take advantage of this.
    Peavey is so underated, yes they have clunkers but an american made peavey i will choose over a squier anytime.
  3. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    I think if more Guitar Centers would carry them they would be more popular and give Fender a run for their money I love Peavey their value to cost ratio has always been through the roof.
  4. KPJ

    KPJ Supporting Member

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    Squiers get the love because they look just like Fenders. Same reason SX gets the love and a lot of people got bummed when they changed the headstock.
  5. GM60466

    GM60466

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    Play what you like and like what you play.
  6. RED J

    RED J Play what you want how you want & quit arggerin ! Supporting Member

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    Peavey has always made good basses, USA or Asian. Lots of people have gotten over the stigma. Like me (not that I ever had it ) I have 5 Peaveys. They are as good as any I have owned, and, yes, I have owned the "popular" brands.
  7. SquierJazz72

    SquierJazz72

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    I almost ended up with a Peavey bass a while back, but it sold before I got back to it.

    MY first band was rhythm guitar powered by me on a Japanese strat clone and a Peavey amp. I liked that combination well enough, and had no complaints.
  8. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    An advantage Squier has is the availability of replacement parts. Fender type necks, pickups and hardware usually bolts right on, or there are Squier specific upgrades available (such as J sets with the correct mount screw spacing). Peaveys lack the Fender recognition, and do not have bolt on upgrades as available (for the most part depending on the model). I like Peavey as well and would go with a US made instrument more often given the choice, but I'm a tinkerer so Squier gets my attention.
  9. nolezmaj

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    Because Fender invests a lot of money in brand marketing, making it (and also Squier - a sub-brand) very desirable.
    I believe they get that money back with higher prices, so if you want best quality/price ratio and dont care about trends, look elsewhere - i.e. Peavey ;-)
  10. Cirk

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    So the long story short here is that you found a bargain on a bass that performs well for you... Great job!
  11. pklima

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    I have one, it really is a decent bass. The pickguard and jackplate screws are cheap-looking metal, and the pickup screws aren't great either, but those are really the worst things about that bass's quality.

    I did turn it into a luxury brand bass, though, by gluing fabric and tags from a Burberry jacket to the body and headstock.
  12. thesearchbass98

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    I love my Peavey millennium I've had friends with much more expensive basses that where blown away with it. I think that as long as you enjoy the bass it doesn't matter if it costs 100 dollars or 1000 dollars.
  13. Solarmist

    Solarmist Supporting Member

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    They're nice basses for sure - I almost went for a super gorgeous AC BXP5 in black-violet I saw at a music store, but it would have made my Ibby SR's jealous. :p :D
  14. edpal

    edpal Thread enda or defenda - makes me no neva mind. Gold Supporting Member

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    In answer to OP - PEavy has made good ones and bad ones. I have played some I thought were just great. Good catch - $80 is less than some folks spend on a set of string or a cable. Now you need an expensive looking case for it :)
  15. Monster Truck

    Monster Truck Supporting Member

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    I've come very close to buying a few Peaveys, a Fury and a Millennium, but I was short on cash at the time. If Peavey made a medium scale I'd be all over it. When I decide to pull the trigger on a 5 sting I'll probably get a Millennium AC BXP.
  16. highway

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    i love getting my hands on anything inexpensive . . . only sold my fury, because it made me $30
  17. dkelley

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    this 100%

    my strings costs $35 for a pack typically, and cables/straps are ludicrously pricey.

    Buy an amazing case and nobody will be the wiser.
  18. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass The Kirk Hammett of bass guitar! Supporting Member

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    I've owned a bunch of expensive basses over the years, like Lakland Skyline, a few Ernie Balls, and eventually I whittled them all down to a StingRay 5. Simply based on color alone (gold sparkle... had the itch for a sparkle) I picked up a used US-made Millennium, and from then on, I've been a Peavey fanatic. I still own the SR5, but it stays in the case, while I regularly gig my 3 Peaveys- 2 GV's and a Fury P. I couldn't be happier, and I have maybe $1k invested in all 3 basses. Peavey makes some phenomenal stuff, but I think people have a negative attitude toward them based on the low price. I haven't played a Peavey (including an import Fury V I noodled on the other day) that I didn't like. They fly under the radar, and I for one am thankful because it leads to mega-deals.
  19. kcole4001

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    I have an Indonesian made Millennium BXP5 and it's a better bass than my Indonesian made Squier VM Jazz.
    Better fret work, mainly, though I find the tuners kinda cheapish.
    An easy fix.

    And a useable bass for $80 that sounds good is a bargain.
    I've gigged mine many times.

    Peavey just doesn't have the cache that more mainstream brands have.
    They're better known for amps and PA gear, but do/did make quite good instruments, for the most part.
  20. JustForSport

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    KPJ ---

    Squiers get the love because they look just like Fenders. Same reason SX gets the love and a lot of people got bummed when they changed the headstock.

    Ha, Ha, Ha- F-word or Quality,
    That's the perspective...

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