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How Heavy is Your T-40??? Statistics, please!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by eldoryder, Sep 27, 2013.


  1. eldoryder

    eldoryder I just LOVE me some Vintage Peaveys! Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Nacogdoches, TX
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    Okay. For years now, everyone has told us that our venerable Peavey T-40s are Awesome!, Tonally Versatile!, Built Like A TANK, Great Value For The Money!, Underrated etc. etc.

    <BUT>

    THEY'RE TOO DANG HEAVY!!!

    Let's do a (semi)-scientific poll here. Let's get to the bottom of this once and for all. If I can get twenty to twenty-five T-40 owners to accurately weigh their T-40 (stock condition only, please!), perhaps we can get a statistical average weight for these gems, and then compare them to other notable basses that are seldom saddled with such a (ahem!) "cumbersome" albatross around their "necks". (Fender American Vintage Jazz Natural in Ash, perhaps?)

    I'll go first....mine weighs in at 11.2 pounds on an old produce scale.

    Next?
     
  2. biggfigg

    biggfigg

    Aug 1, 2013
    Sacramento, CA
    11.8 by postal scale. Super cool tones are tucked away in these things though! That said, I don't play it out.
     
  3. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Last one I sold was, are you sitting? (you had to to play this thing) 14.4!!!! Yes, 14.4....
     
  4. Charley Umbria

    Charley Umbria I'm Really a Drummer Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2011
    Rock City, TN
    1981, natural finish: 11.3 pounds.
     
  5. tuBass

    tuBass

    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    I lightened mine (and converted it to 5 string) and it weighs in at 9.8 lbs


    Edit :
    Sorry, didn't see stock conditions request...But it is possible to lighten them
     
  6. 1980 (left) 10.4lbs
    1981 9.4lbs
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  7. a_ribbon

    a_ribbon

    Apr 10, 2008
    toolmybass those are some nice looking basses! :bassist:
     
  8. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I don't have mine any more, but I'm sure it was at least 23 pounds.
     
  9. Thanks!
     
  10. Kharkfum

    Kharkfum

    Aug 21, 2013
    Interesting, I see that those two gorgeous basses are only a year apart in manufacture, but the 1980 model has the toaster pups, and the '81 has the blades. I guess we know now roughly where the changeover at Peavey took place. Nice! BTW, don't care how much they weigh, I still want one. LOL
     
  11. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Am I gonna win anything for the boat anchor status? lol
     
  12. eldoryder

    eldoryder I just LOVE me some Vintage Peaveys! Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Nacogdoches, TX
    FranF wins "Place of Pride" for having the heaviest T-40 so far!
     
  13. deeptubes

    deeptubes

    Feb 21, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    I don't have a precision scale. My digital bathroom scale, which is dead on when compared to the scale at my doctor's office, measures 10 lbs for my '79. It rounds to the nearest half pound. So, it could be as little as 9.75 or as much as 10.24.
     
  14. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    I sold mine a while ago (regrets regrets!)....it was over 12 lbs,.

    PS - kinda wish Peavey would do a re-issue and MAYBE a 5 string retro style as well????
     
  15. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I got rid of mine, but it weighed in at around 12 lbs, IIRC.
     
  16. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    A dubious honor! That said, it did sound terrific though.
     
  17. kit829

    kit829

    Dec 7, 2009
    Mine is 12.5 lbs. I have a nice wide strap, but I still can't play it for a long set without breaks.
     
  18. musicmaan

    musicmaan

    May 24, 2013
    Just bought one... weighs in at 11.4 lbs
     
  19. eldoryder

    eldoryder I just LOVE me some Vintage Peaveys! Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Nacogdoches, TX
    Well, we're making some progress here. "Guesstimates", however well intentioned, can't really help us reach a "semi-scientific" result. Inaccurate bathroom scales will have to be taken at face value. If we can get ten more people "weighing in" on this subject, I think we can then come up with a reasonable average.

    Munjibunga, I'm sure yours "felt" like it was 23 pounds, but that would skew our average horribly, so I'm sure you won't mind if we don't add it in! :)
     
  20. banjosteeler

    banjosteeler

    Oct 12, 2013
    Never had a T40 but had a Foundation that was an excellent quality instrument and pretty heavy.

    If ya'll are complaining about a bass, be thankful you're not carrying a bluegrass banjo around the stage all night.
    My Stelling weighs over 13 pounds!
    Quite a bit for just one extra string. :)

    I'm actually posting to get your attention, eldoryder; I shot you an email earlier. I just joined and wanted to ask you about some Hammond parts you posted about a few months ago.
     

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