Cirrus 5- String--Need Lowdown!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rickreyn, Sep 24, 2001.

  1. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    Wasn't able to get a real good impression from reviews. I like the bubinga Cirrus 5 hanging on the wall at a local Sam Ash. Most everyone I talk to loves them and say that's their next bass. However, I've encountered no real owners yet. Can I get beyond the Peavey name?
  2. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    You should... they're nice basses. New or used? There are two used Maple Cirrus 5's at a local store here in MD for ~$800.
  3. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    The Sam Ash price is $1,400 (gulp!) for a store whipped model. A Cirrus 5 on eBay currently is around $875. What impressed me was the slim stiff neck, the lightness compare to my Warwick bubinga bass, the tonal options, and the general finish.
  4. ldiezman

    ldiezman Guest

    Jul 11, 2001
    yes. the cirrus is a great bass. I think you should get it :)
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    There was a Cirrus 6 on eBay with a "Buy it now" price of $800... including a Nathan East outboard EQ.

    I've played both of the fives here... they're in mint condition.
  6. I.'.I.'.Nakoa

    I.'.I.'.Nakoa Guest

    Aug 10, 2000
    Fort Worth.
    best b string ever!
  7. The Cirrus is a phenomenal bass. I've owned a fretless six for a while, and I love it.

    You would be very hard pressed to find a better value than a Cirrus or Millenium. I got compliments on my Cirrus almost every time it came out of the gig bag! Snobs would drool even after looking at the brand name.

    If you're dying for a new bass, shop around for good prices - I got a six for $1,200 at Brook Mays here in Dallas. Otherwise, eBay has good deals, too.

    BTW - you can order your preferred wood combination (I took walnut/wenge).
  8. Rick, put your wallet away. You just got that MM5.
    (like I should talk)

    Mike J.
  9. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    The Stingray 5 did me well this past week. With and without pick. I am looking for its alter ego. Holmes and Watson. That kind of thing.
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I own a Cirrus Custom 6, and it is better than any of the basses I own, with the exception of my Zon Sonus Custom fretless 5.
  11. LWatford


    Jul 28, 2001
    Helena, AL
    When are you going to put a picture up on your gear page? :confused: You also need a "family picture"!

  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I know.[​IMG]

    I need to get a digital camera.

    I have attached a pic of a Cirrus Custom 6 that looks just like mine.
  13. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I own a maple/alder Cirrus 5. I am 100% satisfied with it. I have had a couple other basses come and go since I bought this one about 2 years ago, but the Cirrus has remained my main bass. Super fast, comfortable neck, great tone shaping ability, perfect balance sitting and standing, fairly light, you get the point.

    They are a bit high on their price for it, though. Shop around, you can find better deals than that on one.

    I definitely recommend you go buy one. Tomorrow. No excuses.;) :D
  14. lo-end

    lo-end Guest

    Jun 15, 2001
    three words for ya, rickreyn:

    35" scale!!!!
  15. MtnGoat

    MtnGoat Guest

    May 7, 2000
    Oh, Embellisher,
    you shouldn't have posted that picture. Now I'm really drooling.:p
  16. uglybassplayer


    Aug 24, 2001
    New Jersey

    I bought a Cirrus 5, Redwood/Alder model about two months ago (paid $1250 U.S. new). To find out how everyone here feels about the Cirrus, just go to the search page ( ), and do a search on "Cirrus".

    To summarize, just about everyone who's played one (including myself), has the same reaction... This bass is incredible, can this really be a Peavey????? It's got one of the fastest, most comfortable necks I've ever played. I checked out every wood combination available (except the Tiger-Eye model, which I couldn't find). I must have played at least a dozen different axes (including several 4 and 6 strings), and with the exception of one bass at SamAsh that was poorly setup, every one played like butter.

    - Frank.
  17. There is not a better bass made, IMHO, for under $3000. And since I've never played a bass over $3K, I don't know that there's a better bass made for any amount of money. $1400 is too much, that's retail, and retail's for suckers, you know that!

    You should be able to get a new one for $1200 or less, maybe even a grand. Used, about $800 or so.

    Pay close attention to the woods used, they do sound very different. I found Bubinga very dark and warm, but not bright enough for me. I have maple/alder, and it's got a great mid-range HONK, but also plenty of bass and nice treble. My next bass is a 5er just like my 4.

    This bass plays so nicely and easily, it has made me a better player, really! I have Elixirs on mine; the perfect set-up!

  18. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    The Peavey Cirrus 5 that I bought (Maple, walnut neck with a Bubinga top) is the first electric bass I've ever played that is acoustically perfect.

    I bought it after playing on it every lunch hour for a week, without ever plugging it in. I knew that a bass with that rich of a sound from the wood alone would be great no matter what the electronics.

    I was right. Though the electronics of it are first class too. I'd owned quite a few "boutique" basses before I left music altogether, but after coming back from a 5 year hiatus...this bass is up there with them all.

    It is a Peavey, so it does not have "snob appeal"...yet.
  19. rickreyn


    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    After playing a bubinga Cirrus 5, I wondered why consider having a custom guitar built? If I can get one used, how much better off I am! However, I am concerned with the tonal characteristics of the woods. I have lines on a bubinga and figured maple. The Peavey page described the sound of the bubinga, and I played that one (warm, rich, sweet etc.). I don't know how the maple will sound. I don't want a great sound in my study and get lost when I go to play live. My Stingray cuts through, but my Warwick did not. I don't want that situation again.
  20. seamus

    seamus Guest

    Feb 8, 2001
    My favorite woods have always been alder, ash, and maple. Then again, the pickups and circuit have an awful lot to do with how the wood's tonal properties come across. The wood alone will not do it, but the right wood with the right electronics seems to really make it happen.

    I would love to play an Alder/Maple Cirrus 6 if I could find one, but the stores around me seem to dedicate 80% or more of the wall space to more mainstream brands. :( The asking prices for new ones are also quite high. :eek: