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NBD: Peavey Forum (surprise find)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chubrocker, Nov 7, 2012.


  1. chubrocker

    chubrocker

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    I got this Peavey Forum in a group purchase. I just wanted the amp, but had to take the bass too. I've been a big Peavey fan for years, but I have only owned higher-end Peavey basses (in fact, looking for trans black TL-5). I think this is mid-90's model. It is in great condition--need to find a truss rod cover. I finally got new strings on it to fully test. Me likey!! Not sure I'll keep it or not yet, but it is making me consider starting a USA Peavey collection.

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  2. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

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    Got one in black. Has a nice "broken in feel".
     
  3. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

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    I bought a PV Axcellerator 5 string in 1996. I still love it.
     
  4. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass The Kirk Hammett of bass guitar! Supporting Member

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    This started for me earlier this year when I picked up my first US Peavey, a Millennium 5 Standard. I don't have that one anymore, but have 4 others, and I look daily for new ones. The fact that I can own 4 high quality, American made basses that all sound and play great, for less than $1000 total is mindblowing to me.
     
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  6. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

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    That's how it starts. You buy one for short dough, are amazed at the quality, then are further amazed at the prices on the used market. I started out with a T-40, and now have 20 Peavey basses. Only one (a B-Quad) cost over $400.
     
  7. ack

    ack Supporting Member

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    Great find!!
    I have the exact same Forum (color combo anyway) - mines a '94.
    Best neck I own, and I'm having custom P/J's made for it as we speak.

    Like others have stated, this is how the US Peavey obsession starts - you find one for real cheap and you realize that it's just as good as some higher profile gear.

    Like smcd, I started with a T-40 (an '81) and now I own more than I need, but I keep looking every day for US Peavey's. Old Foundations & Furys are the bomb.
     
  8. No Neck Shrek

    No Neck Shrek

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    Nice Score !

    I started with a Foundation S, last count I'm up to 15 ! :smug:
     
  9. MNAirHead

    MNAirHead

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    You then start consolidating down to the rarest of rare
     
  10. jasiu913

    jasiu913

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    Not too long ago I added a first year Foundation to my collection, all original. Way too much fun...
     
  11. McThumpenstein

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    is there somewhere that shows what models Peavey made and where they rank in the hierarchy of "niceness"?

    I was at GC the other night, and they had a few nice Peaveys.
    1. A Forum. Looked nice, had never see or heard of one before. I checked it out, but dismissed it. It was cheap too.
    2. A foundation 5 string. Looked to be the same era as my 4 string, and it was the same color...and had the same color hardware. They wanted 250 bucks for it. It told they were insane because I wasn't sure they cost that new and there was a 1 inch gap between strings and fingerboard at the 12 fret. I offered 175 since it might break when I tried to fix it and they said they couldn't go that low, but I should pay 25 bucks for pro coverage in case it broke.
    3. Axcelerator. I've been lusting after this since I left the store. It was sunburst with a pickguard that looked like the old Fender Jazz basses, gold hardware. Was less then 300 bucks, but I need another bass like I need the divorce it might have led to, so I begrudgingly let it go.

    I think the Axcelerators are higher end (?) and the Foundation is one of those "in the know" deals that you either get lucky with (like I did) or you realized they were putting out something cool when you first saw it and bought one. I've also seen Furys and Millenniums and I honestly don't know which ones I should jump at given the opportunity.

    Help a brother out and drop some knowledge on me?
     
  12. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

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    The Axcelerator is a great bass, and if it's in nice shape, $300 or less is a decent price.


    A list of Peavey basses ranked from best to worst will be somewhat subjective, but in my opinion - from best to worst:
    Cirrus (US)
    B-Quad
    Millennium (US)
    Sarzo Signature
    TL-5/TL-6
    G-bass
    Palaedium
    Axcelerator
    Dyna-Unity
    Dyna bass
    T-40/T-45
    Foundation
    Forum
    Fury
    Forum P/J
    B-Ninety
    Patriot


    There are a few other models I've never had first hand experience with, such as the Midi/Cyberbass and the the odd specials like the Jack Daniels and DuranDuran model. I didn't include them.
     
  13. McThumpenstein

    McThumpenstein

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    that is exactly the info I wanted. Thank you so much for that. I will probably regret not getting that Axcelerator for a while to come, but I don't think I can justify the cost right now.

    Is there somewhere I can look up info about the various models? When I googled "Axcelerator Bass" I didn't get much info that wasn't in a talkbass posting.
     
  14. ack

    ack Supporting Member

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    Interesting ranking. I'm interested where you would you put the RJ-IV in that list.
     
  15. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

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    I knew I was missing something. I'd put the RJ-IV just above the Dyna-Unity.
     
  16. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

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    The only place you'll find in-depth info on Peavey basses is on TB. Peavey offers free downloadable manuals, and you might find a review on Harmony Central, but TB has the best hands-on feedback on these models.
     
  17. gard0300

    gard0300 Supporting Member

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    I recently got a RJIV and now too have the fever. I played a T-40 and loved the sound and feel. There is a sunburst Fury local I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on.
     
  18. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's

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    YES ! Peavey basses are the best value! I have 2 Furys, a Foundation and a Foundation S, and would love a Forum like you have. I had an RS Bass (passive pre-Rudy Sarzo model) and should never have let it go - huge stupidity on my part. I let my Milennium and 2 Cirrus go because the 35" is getting hard for me. Miss 'em!
     
  19. gard0300

    gard0300 Supporting Member

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    Almost forgot the pic.
     

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  20. gard0300

    gard0300 Supporting Member

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    Ended picking up the Fury as well. 165.00 with HSC. Pretty much in great condition. Color is a little odd for the Fury, but I think I like it. Maybe a black pickguard in its future. Not sure yet.
     

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  21. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User Supporting Member

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    That's beautiful in the burst, IMO.

    Congrats.
     

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