Clash of the Bang for Buck Precisions: Peavey Fury vs Ibanez Roadstar II

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lastminute, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. lastminute


    Dec 25, 2007
    Both of these guys can be found for cheap on the net, are known for churning out that good P-bass sound on a level equal to or surpassing MIM Fenders, generally the bang-for-buck golden deals.

    Now, in your opinion, which of these two are the better of the pair?

    Edit: I'm talking about the Peavey Fury with passive electronics, the P-pickup, and Jazz-like neck.
  2. Dave Vader

    Dave Vader

    May 18, 2009
    Devon Uk
    Roadstar 2 every time, though I must admit i never played a Peavey...
  3. Depends on which Peavey Fury you're talking about. If it's like the one below, then there's no way the Ibanez will come close to matching it in quality. The slightly newer models have a P- pickup and a different pickguard, but they still have the same amazingly stable neck construction. The newest ones, though, I'm not as sure about...haven't heard a lot about them. They lack a PG and have a single soapbar pup.

  4. They are both excellent basses, the necks on Fury's are closer to jazz bass dimensions while the Ibanez is closer to a seventies precision. The pickups in the Ibanez are ceramic while the Fury had alnico V pickups. Both had great quality control, but for my money the Peavey is a better bass.
  5. hypercarrots


    Jan 28, 2009
    Did you look into the yamaha BB series?
  6. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Fury every time, though I must admit I've never played a Roadstar... :bag:

    Okay, I just had to be a wise guy. I really haven't played a Roadstar, and I know they have a very good rep. I've played and owned a Peavey Fury, and it was a very nice bass. I put some aftermarket pickups in, and I wished I had just left the originals in. They sounded great. The neck was great, a real easy player. The only negative was a slight bit of neck dive.
  7. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    Both *very* good, IMO Have owned a Fury, bandmate had a Roadstar.
    The Roadstar won by a nose to my taste, between these two, but I also played a Fury in a music store that sounded better than anything hanging on the wall.
    Each individual bass will vary, of course. Can't beat 'em for the value.

    Red J
  8. lazytech


    Jan 29, 2008
    Cant say much on the ibby, but the fury is a wonderful bass.

    Im still trying to get my fender p to sound as good as the peavey does
  9. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    This ^^ is a T-20, isn't it?
  10. purfektstranger


    Apr 10, 2003
    I own an mid eighties Ibanez Roadstar RB630 and it is a superb bass. Very well constructed, great playability and sound for not alot of money.
  11. LilRay

    LilRay Commercial User

    Dec 27, 2007
    Between my Roscoe and Leather
    Owner: Cockeyed Cow Custom Leathercraft
    Very first bass I ever owned was a Peavey Fury. Great Bass. I'm a USA guy anyway so all other things considered I'd vote Peavey.

    God Bless. Ray
  12. Hiya,

    Peavey Fury all the way. I love mine. Solid P tone, lighter than a P, better neck than a MIM P, very good fretwork, what more could you want for what they go for?

  13. The T-20 essentially became the Fury in '84. There were a few differences, but not many. ;)
  14. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    My RB 630 will smoke all but the butteriest of Peaveys (which I also like and own)
    It is a righteous bass. I will admit though that in the 80's I had an RB 650 that was not
    as killer as the 88 Peavey Foundation that took it's place. Either one is a winner.
  15. dave120


    Jun 27, 2005
    Central Florida
    If I could get used to the body shapes I'd probably own Peavey basses. All the ones I've played have been fantastic instruments, especially considering what they cost. I like them more than any Ibanez bass I've tried out, mainly because I like the necks better though.
  16. clark_cda


    Feb 22, 2008
    Coeur d'Alene
    I picked up a 1984 Ibanez Roadstar II (black with white pickguard, maple neck), in PJ configuration from ebay. The owner had it modded in the late 90s with EMGs. I picked it up for $250 with case. Damn if that isnt the best sounding bass I own and the best I have ever tried (within reason, not including top of the line basses). I've taken it in to my local music store, compared it to current Fenders (Ps and Js, American made) and it smokes them.

    Best $250 I ever spent, along with my Sansamp Bass DI.
  17. clark_cda


    Feb 22, 2008
    Coeur d'Alene
    Here it is, if I can figure out how to upload the pic.

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  18. your idol

    your idol

    Oct 13, 2008
    Murfreesboro TN
    bigger fan of the neck on the fury personally
  19. LCW

    LCW Inactive

    Mar 2, 2009
    There is a roadstar at my local pawn shop for 180$, its just the P pick up. It plays good ,the neck is huge and this one is just beat to hell, but still a great bass.
  20. im biased to ibanez because salvador ibanez's grandson goes to my church.

    still, there's a reason ibanez is a much bigger company than peavey.