Higher End bass Millennium Vs Cirrus

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by vegaas, Nov 16, 2001.

  1. vegaas


    Nov 6, 2001
    Which is Peaveys top of the line bass? The Cirrus or Millennium?
    I was all set to get the Cirrus, but then saw the Milennium at Peaveys web site.
    Any and all help is appreciated.
  2. KPJ

    KPJ Supporting Member

    Oct 2, 2001
    Methuen, MA USA
    Check them both out, they are different. The Cirrus is more of the high-end "boutique" (for lack of a better word) style, while the Millenium is more from the Fender/MM class. It depends on what you are looking for in a bass.
  3. I think the Millenium is a "newer", meaning it was released after the Cirrus. They are supposed to be similar in quality, but I've played both and prefer the Cirrus by far. Among other differences, the Cirrus is next through, the Millenium is bolt-on. I prefer a neck-thru if done right.

    I think the Cirrus is the best bass money can buy for less than $4000.
  4. neptoon


    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    what difference does it make...play them both next to each other...which one do you like?
  5. vegaas


    Nov 6, 2001
    Thats the problem, I cant find a Millennium in my area, and I have only found 1 Cirrus. But thanks, thats all I needed to know, I'm going with the Cirrus.
  6. neptoon


    Jul 25, 2000
    summerville, sc
    well, i don't think you should discout the idea the trying out a milennium before you decide on the cirrus...they're both extremely nice basses, and they both play well, they're just _different_ any decent shop worth its salt will order a millenium for you so that you can try it out...most of your mail order shops will give you a trial period as well...it's something to think about.
  7. petch

    petch Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2001
    Medina, Ohio
    I have played both and i prefer the Millennium. So I bought one! I agree with the description of the botique style vs. Fender style description of the two. Some people prefer a neck-thru and others a bolt-on. Some features ARE nicer on the Millennium-sweepable mids, strings-thru body, greater tone difference between the pickups. There is no way to go wrong with either one- Peavey's best basses are incredibly good. People that bash 'em have not played one! I liked the very popular Stingray 5 very much- but the B string is better on the Peaveys.
  8. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Milleniums don't have as distinctive a sound as a Cirrus.
  9. BassMan2000


    Sep 27, 2000
    The Cirrus, with tiger eye maple and sweepable mids. In my honest opinion is much better then any other line of peaveys. It can also beat even higher end basses in my opinion.
  10. I agree that the Cirrus is a good buy for the $$$ but "best bass for under $4000"??? Sorry, but that is quite a reach.
  11. Jeffrey A-Bomb

    Jeffrey A-Bomb Drink Coffee & Destroy Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2000
    Silver Spring, MD
    I love the cirrus line of basses.. They have a very distinct, unique sound to them and the 5's have really good b-strings.. Probably the most comfortable bass i've played so far, and definately worth the asking price (and then some).. I think they're a steal, especially if you can find them used =]
  12. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    I could go for under "$2k"... under $4k covers most basses available. I think it's on par with most of the higher end stuff. Of course Mark is entitled to his opinion.
  13. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Yeah, I would agree with Brad. Cirrus's are not the absolute best basses in the world, but they do hold their own with just about all of them, IMO.

    And I do prefer the Cirrus over the Millenium. I have owned both, and guess which one I still have??;)
  14. I certainly agree that the Cirrus is one of the better basses in the under $2000 category and can hold their own with all in that price range.
  15. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    IME the Millenium series is very nice, but a bit below the Cirrus in playability, construction, and B string. That's not saying the Millenium is bad, it kills almost any other bass in it's price range IMHO. The sweepable mid on the preamp is a nice feature, and I wish the entire Cirrus line had it. That was one of the factors in my decision to spend $300 more for my Cirrus Custom, the sweepable mids, the ebony fingerboard and the awesome tigereye finish.

    Somebody(Brad Johnson?) commented about their Cirrus being more responsive to where you play the strings, and I agree 100%. Without adjusting the EQ at all, I can get upright boominess plucking over the 23rd fret, and biting trebly cut through plucking just in front of the bridge, and lots of variety in between. Much more difference in tone based on where you're plucking the string and how much you are digging in than any other bass that I have played.

    The strings on my 6 are medium light, with a .125 B, I usually prefer a .130 for bottom. But the B on my Cirrus kills the B on my Pedulla and my Zon, both of which have .130 taperwound B's. On the Cirrus, there is no difference in the feel or sound of the B string vs. the E string. They feel and sound the same, no matter how hard I dig in.