Alder body with flamed maple top. Neck through with purpleheart stringers.
Compact design with extended cutaway to reach 24th fret. Weights a bit less than 8 1/2 pounds (3.8 Kg)
Construction is top notch and very well crafted, something not usually found in mass production basses. It`s definitely a boutique bass, built with great attention to details.
The different woods are perfectly glued and the glossy finish is flawless. I gotta say that it doesn`t have just a Maple "top" (I mean a thin layer of wood) instead of that, it`s 20% Maple - 80% Alder.
The neck is made of an oil finished Maple with purpleheart stringers.
Although it has a slim C profile, it's really stiff. It\'s obvious that the graphite reinforcement was a good choice when this bass was designed.
Fingerboard is made of a nice Pau Ferro. I found it similar to rosewood but a bit harder and warmer.
No dot marks in the fingerboard, only side dots and a beautiful abalone Cirrus inlay at 12th fret.
The hardware is satin gold. A solid and fully adjustable (string height and separation) ABM bridge to deliver good sustain and Gotoh tuners that complement very well.
The fretwork is very good, no hard edges and all of them well rounded.
A minor draw are the knobs. They seem to be made of cheap rubber that's not up to par with the rest of the instrument. They can obviously be replaced with metal or wooden knobs, but it's a minor detail that Peavey omitted. It comes equipped with Straplocks. I`ve never imagined how useful this little device could be (mainly for live situations).
Peavey's VFL humbuckers perfectly match high end pickups. I've found in some other basses that replacing original electronics is a frequent move after playing the bass for some time (some Fenders, Ibanezes, Yamahas, and Musicmans). Stock pickups are rarely good quality in many basses.
These are studio quiet pickups matched with an 18V preamp that deliver a true hi-fi sound.
Gotta admit they're very sensitive and force you to play clean, but some techniques (tapping, raking) benefit a lot from these features.
Five knobs (Volume, Blend, Low, Mid, Tre) give plenty of room to experiment with a wide variety of tones. The frequency knobs are a real EQ instead of a boost / cut selector, so it might take some time to explore all of the tonal possibilities.
Two 9V batteries feed the active circuit. I`ve had them installed for 6 months now and they still work ok.
I've read a lot of reviews before buying this bass and playability was always one of the remarkable aspects. I gotta admit it's true.
Never played a 35" scale before and however I can hardly notice the difference.
Neck is wider than in other basses I've played (1" 3/5 at the nut , 2" 1/4 at 12th fret) but the slim C profile makes it easy to play; no problem reaching higher frets. The oil finished neck lets you move your left thumb all along very smoothly.
I don't find 17.5 mm string spacing a problem for slapping and slapability is one of the main features of this bass.
It`s really well balanced and easy to play in different positions, although the 35' scale is a bit trickier to play when you`re playing live.
Action is very low, requires a lot less effort to fret the notes. It won't buzz even playing half step tuned down (as I normally do).
The best adjective to describe its sound is MODERN. This bass delivers a hi-fi sound, very articulate, with an even response all over the frequencies.
This doesn't mean you can\'t get more traditional tones, it's definitely not a one trick pony. You just gotta tweak the knobs to find the desire ones. It won't sound like a P bass, but you can get close.
The maple/alder body (combined with the active electronics) give it bright sound, but not harshy. Since Peavey offers so many wood options, this is one of brightest ones (Maple w/Maple FB being the brightest). Not so warm as the Walnut / Bubinga combos.
The slap sound is simple superb. Great attack, incredibly defined highs, snappy and tight, smooth lows. This bass almost slaps itself (A masochistic bass ? Smile
Plenty of versatility to play any technique.
Many people find it comparable to a Ken Smith, me too.
I guess there's no other bass out there, with so many features (neck through, top woods, classy look, active electronics, solid hardware, hi fi sound) for the price I paid it ($650).
Unbeatable quality-price ratio.