good Peavey basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by flywheel, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. flywheel


    Jul 9, 2003
    Shawnee, KS
    I was reading a thread the other day and Thrillkiller was posting some nice pics of his Peavey Fury's. My first bass was a Peavey Foundation that I really liked but I also remember playing a few Foundations that felt like junk.

    I was wondering if some of you out there have Peavey's that you're happy with. I think the old T40's look interesting and I've seen some nice looking sunburst ones. I seriously considering adding a Fury to my collection after seeing those pics the other day.
  2. i'm very happy with my cirrus BXP. plenty of people are happy with their USA cirrus basses, too. i also get to play a fury VI in the lab that is pretty nice, especially for its price.

    there's plenty of peavey love around these parts. i think it's a topic that's been explored pretty well.

  3. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    The Cirrus /Cirrii are very cool basses. The Peavey Sarzo bass was a very good bass also.
  4. UnsungZeros

    UnsungZeros The only winning move is not to play.

    I love my Fury. It's a great deal for the money. Bottom Line: Looks great, feels great, plays great, just generally great.
  5. my main bass is a Peavey Cirrus 5 (flamed maple/alder model) and I could not be happier with it.
  6. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I still own my Palaedium and it was and isfantastic.

    I used to own a Dyna-Bass 5 it was great, too.
  7. Papersen

    Papersen Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2002
    Was that Jeff Berlin sig model ?
    I dislike a lot the tone of his Peavey in "Taking Notes".

    OTOH, I love the Cirrus USA, and always read great reviews
    about the Millennium model.
  8. My Peavey Axcellerator has been a good bass. I've enjoyed, and still enjoy playing it. I just didn't like the looks of it, hence the other thread I started, Extreme Makeover - Bass Edition. Now, it's a Peavey that looks a WHOLE lot better!

    Bottom line is, I wouldn't have done the makeover if I didn't like the way it played or sounded. ;)
  9. I have a Grind 5 NTB (neck-thru) that looks like the Cirrus's but is about ¼ the price. I love it. Great tone and a killer neck.
  10. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I owned a great T-40 back in the day, wish I still had it. I still own a Foundation, although it is semipermanently loaned out to a guy who can't afford his own bass. And of course, I own the best Cirrus 6 tigereye ever made.
  11. Humblerumble


    Feb 22, 2004
    I owned a Cirrus six that was great, and I now have a Cirrus 5 Wenge that is awesome!
  12. Thrillkiller


    Apr 25, 2001
    I've had many Peavey basses over the years, most were really nice (with some minor customizing) but two in particular were dogs. They would be an Axcellerator 5 and a late-80's Dyna Bass 5. YMMV, but these basses just didn't "speak" to's too bad, really, because I sincerely dig MIA Peavey equipment and they both looked and felt like quality instruments. Now on with the show!

    This is my late 80's Foundation, it is stock with Dean Markley flatwound strings. Frets are pretty worn, but I can still get clean note definition and besides, I have the stuff to do my own refret so I'll probably be taking on that project soon.
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    And finally (for now!) this is my early 90's Unity Passive with a SD QP bridge pup and a stock neck pup. I will be replacing the neck pup with a QP as soon as I can manage to win one on the 'bay. It is strung with Dean Markley ML SR2000's, and this baby SLICES! Killer punch and sizzling highs with the neck-through construction and the QP. I run the bridge pup WFO and the neck pup about 25%, sounds GREAT for slapping and it's no slouch when played fingerstyle either.
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    I'm going to take this opportunity to share a little something I've learned......if you want a really decent 4 that plays great with no mods, and you're on a budget, then consider one of THESE:
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    It's a Yamaha RBX-460, passive p/j, quilted maple top over an alder body, very lightweight with a nice, snappy sound. These go BEGGING on ebay; I saw one last week that was going for $150 and did not sell. I almost snatched it up, but my mad money was already committed elsewhere. Mine has been modded a little by me - I replaced the pots with new Fender units, replaced the knobs with Gibson speed knobs, and rewired the V/B/T setup to V/V/T. This is a killer little bass! I will most likely swap in a set of SD P/J replacement pups, just for grins.

    And finally, another overlooked diamond....
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    Squier Protone V by Fender. Solid ash body, maple neck with rosewood board, 2" nut. These are normally passive basses, but I have added an 18v EMG-BTC circuit to mine, as well as adding the black pickguard screws for a little different look. This is one helluva bass. I paid $164 for this one, and another $25 for the active circuit. I have DM SR2000's on this one as well, and it is a fantastic finger-style bass. Prices for these have been creeping up lately on ebay, but there are still deals out there if you look around.
  13. Andy Brown

    Andy Brown Supporting Member

    Jul 23, 2004
    Rhode Island
    Founder: Wing Bass
    My first Peavey was a Palaedium as well. I had Moses duplicate the awesome neck in graphite. Now it's even better...


    It made it to the Moses Custom Axes gallery.
  14. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    I have a Peavey Foundation Fretless that has been refinished in natural. I love this bass. Great tone and a real dream to play! :bassist:
  15. cassanova


    Sep 4, 2000

    As someone above mentioned the Yamaha RGX series. You can pick one up new for $169. For the money they dont sound bad at all. They are also pretty comfortable to play. (after changing strings and adjusting the action)