My Peavey Milestone II - Customization questions.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dibbz01, Jul 13, 2013.

  1. Dibbz01


    Jul 11, 2013
    I've had this bass for 7 years now and feel its time to change things up a bit.

    I would like to swap out the pick ups and the on board pre-amp. I do know that I would to swap out the E string machine to the hipshot d tuner because I'm constantly switch the top string pending what I am playing.

    Any thoughts/advice or suggestions I am open too.

    Also does anyone know anything about doing some sort to vinyl wrap to pick guards. Mine has aged so much that its gone from white to a really dirty cream color... :(

    Thanks in advance for your help and thoughts.
  2. benji1138


    Mar 1, 2011
    Amherst N.S
    Endorsing Artist: Greasy Groove Custom Parts
    Previous milestone owner here.

    Do you need to upgrade or just want to?
    imho the milestone is not really a bass worth sinking money into.
  3. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA

    If you just want to mess around, modding a Milestone is totally fine. But dumping upgrades into a $100 bass is a bad move.
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  4. FourBanger


    Sep 2, 2012
    SE Como
    You could upgrade to the Millenium AC and you'd get good pickups and preamp along with a much better set of hardware all around.
  5. xaxxat


    Oct 31, 2008
    Modify it with used parts. Keep the old parts to put back on if you sell it. There's a lot you can do without spending a lot.
  6. Dibbz01


    Jul 11, 2013
    I didn't realize that the Mil II was that low end of a bass. It's been a wonderful bass for me. How come it's kinda just meh on the scale of basses?? It looks like a Fender P bass knock off to be honest, but what makes the hardware so bad?? Sorry just trying to learn more.
  7. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I wouldn't call the Milestone a "low end" bass. It IS a wonderful instrument for the price. As I recall, these basses had a list price of $350, about the same as the Squier CV series everyone raves about. You couln't hope to buy a bass this good in this price range 30+ years ago. The hardware is budget level. Functional, but nothing more. But that's fine. Quality tuners, bridge and pickup would cost $200 (and up). You can't expect that on a $350 bass.

    It's meh on the resale aspect. It was an inexpensive bass to start with. Couple that with the fact that it's not a Fender, and that the market is flooded with quality entry-level guitars, and the resale value of Milestones is very low.
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  8. Wagz


    May 2, 2012
    Milwaukee, WI
    I'd get another Peavey, used, with an active preamp, and keep one tuned in drop D for when you need it.
    The Milestone is a budget bass but they do have pretty great necks for the price and the Peavey electronics and hardware are nicer than a comparable Squire.
  9. sricks3


    Dec 6, 2007
    Augusta, GA
    My first bass was also a Milestone II, and to be completely honest, it's still one of my favorites. I haven't done any modifications to my first one, but I am about to replace the pots and output jack after years of constant use.

    I actually think that, as long as you're not planning to turn it for a profit (aka, you're going to use it yourself), the Milestone II is an excellent platform for modifications. I actually bought a second one off of eBay for $80 just so that I could mod it. I first turned it into a fretless, and more recently, I've refinished it Olympic White, added a new tort pickguard, and added a Dimarzio Model J pickup at the bridge (no tone knob now, just two volumes, but you could add another knob, too). My modded Milestone II is now my favorite bass, even beating out my Spector NS5CRFM (which is still a wonderful bass). If it were a 5 string, it would be my ideal bass, and it's cost me just a little work and under $200.
  10. Dibbz01


    Jul 11, 2013
    I wasn't looking to sell it for profit. I love my bass and honestly wouldn't get rid of it for anything. I think I might go the route of used parts for it, cause I like the idea of learning about the internals and how they function. But again I have always been a custom nut for everything. My PC, my car, my phone my drum kit etc etc. Also anyone have any advice on how to clean the fret board...? It's built up some grime, from all the years of playing.
  11. LowNloud1

    LowNloud1 Commercial User

    Jun 11, 2012
    Wilmington NC
    I am a hobbyist making stone picks that I sell but mostly give away. They made me do this anyways.
    I just picked one up. I was curious and the price was right. Neck feels good. I am working on adjusting the neck, so far, so good.

    My only let down is in the narrow tonal range but not a bad sound for a single J pup. I think an upgraded J pup would give her more presence.

    It only makes me use the areas above and below the pup to taylor the sound and that is its strength. Nice.

    Last edited: May 15, 2014
  12. sricks3


    Dec 6, 2007
    Augusta, GA
    That looks just like my first one. It's still stock, and I'm still VERY happy with it. It's been gigged all over, and it's never let me down.