Custom Peavey Oteil Burbridge Model?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Danny Adair, Nov 9, 2001.

  1. I was surprised to find that Oteil left Modulus to endorse Peavey (I found this out a while ago - I'm not that far behind the times), but I was even more surprised to hear a rumor that Peavey will be producing an Oteil Burbridge model bass. Presumably this would be an existing Peavey model with some Oteil-oriented modifications (different pickups? semi-hollow body? who knows?). It's all conjecture, though.

    Does anyone have any knowledge of this rumor? Has anyone else heard it? Has anyone heard anything about this hypothetical bass? As a devout Peavey Cirrus fan and a casual fan of Oteil, this rumor sounds very interesting to me...
  2. Christopher


    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    I'm not that surprised. Based on the quality of their respective web sites, Peavey I suspect has a bigger ad budget than Modulus, and they've proven in recent years that they aren't lacking in the quality department. It's about time they got a name endorsee.
  3. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Yup. Peaveys are looking better every day.

    Peavey semi-hollowbody 35" scale six string neck-through with piezos. Hmmm

    Listing for $1500. Double Hmmm.

    Suddenly, all the GAS I had for other things subsided.
  4. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I thought that Otiel likes graphite bolt-ons, not neck through wood necked instruments. Peavey has a history of making graphite necked basses (B-Quads, G-Bass), I would expect the Otiel signature bass to have the Cirrus body shape and Cirrus derived pickups/electronics, but with a graphite neck. Probably will be a killer instrument. Peavey doesn't mess around when it makes "artist signature" basses, and they never have. My Palaedium is 8 years old and still kicks ass bigtime.
  5. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    Good point.

    I'm still dreaming about it being a semi-hollowbody though.

    Then again, Flea was playing wooden necked basses before he went to Modulus. No reason Oteil wouldn't go back to wood just because of what he had in the past, especially if they use some of the Genesis technology.
  6. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    One thing's for sure.

    Peavey is capable of building top notch basses for incredibly reasonable prices!!!:D
  7. Niels Keijzer

    Niels Keijzer Guest

    Nov 27, 2000
    I hear more about the guys basses then about his me, he's a typical Bass-day/Namm/Endorser guy with pretty pictures and all.
    Someone please enlighten me...
  8. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    Otiel has played with Derek Trucks (there is some killer bass on Trucks' albums), Phish, and more recently with the Allman Brothers band.

    He's done alot of studio work...You often don't hear alot from the many talented studio cats out there. Like so many guys in the studio scene, you may have heard him and not even known it.

    He's also got his own group and I think recently put out his own album.

    I've never heard anything about "his" basses.
  9. He's one of the most impressive guys around, I think. Besides his work with Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Stranger's Hand (with Steve Smith, Howard Levy, and Jerry Goodman), and of course, the Allman Brothers Band, he is all over the map. Victor Wooten says that if he could play like anybody, it'd be Oteil. I think there's a recent interview with Oteil at

    I was a little disappointed when he went to Peavey, but it doesn't seem to have affected his amazing ability to adapt to any number of situations and kick ass no matter what.
  10. phogchris


    May 27, 2000
    Boca Raton, FL
    Thats exactly what the G5 bass is, Cirrus electronics and pickups, graphite neck. The body is a tad different, but close. They sound great, but its not like a Modulus....

    Hey, Philbiker, we live in the same city!!!!
  11. Occording to Peavey's website, Oteil plays a Millenium Plus (in addition to a Peavey preamp, power amp, and cabinet).

    After posting to Peavey's bass forum, their forum babysitter couldn't "confirm or deny" the plans (or lack thereof) to produce a custom Oteil bass. Murky, but hardly surprising.
  12. Sundogue


    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    What does that mean???
  13. I was half-joking.

    Also, what WAS Oteil playing before Modulus? As far as I know, he had a Modulus back in the Col. Hampton era ARU. I know that he has a Yamaha BB series bass, but other than that, it's always been graphite.
  14. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Banned

    Jun 10, 2001
    He might show up in the adds with a Peavey of some sort but I doubt he'll play it. I saw him less than a month ago and there was no peavey in sight. I've seen the ads with him and a Peavey preamp and power amp but live he uses an Ampeg SVT head and 810 cabinet. Oteil like a lot of other guys is a money whore. He'll endorse whatever if you pay him. You might see him play a Peavey bass at some point but probably not an amp.
    He's a great player but he hasn't played on any Dereck Trucks albums. His solo album was better than any of Wooten's solo albums.
  15. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    what bass was he playing when you saw him? isnt he on the fodera user list too?
  16. Peter Parker

    Peter Parker Banned

    Jun 10, 2001
    Hey, Joe. He was playing his Modulus. He also had an old Gibson of some sort off stage but he never played it.