NBD. USA Peavey TL-6

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dBChad, Jul 20, 2019.

  1. dBChad


    Aug 17, 2018
    Daytona Beach, FL
    I'll start with a picture.

    Many of you talked me out of modding the fingerboard, and that's the right call. I enjoy playing it so much I would hate for it to be decommissioned for such a time and labor intensive process. This thing is a player! it shipped from New York to Florida and was still in tune on arrival!

    I've been wanting a 6 string for a long time, and this just happened to come up for sale at the moment I had the money for it. The neck feels amazing, and it's unique pickup combination gives this bass a very versatile sonic character. The hardware is showing it's age, but that doesn't bother me. The only nitpick-y thing I can complain about is wishing the battery compartment had an easy open lid instead of being held in place by 4 screws. This bass is a joy to play and is already inspiring new avenues of creativity. I'll try to get some shots of me playing in the next few days.

    I installed a set of Fat Beams on it and will take it to rehearsal Sunday. This is a cool bass! String spacing is fully adjustable. It came set up well enough to slap and do chord work, so I'll leave it alone for now. I may get a set of black (or gold) metal knobs with abalone inlays as they will look good with the erie dress finish.

    If there's a USA Peavey club, I submit this new purchase for admittance.
  2. mech

    mech In Memoriam

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    Great looking bass and I'm sure it plays and sounds up to it's rep. Wise decision to not replace the fretboard. That species of ebony is no longer available and being a brittle wood it wouldn't have come off in one piece. The finish is rare, too. I've only seen 6 or so TL-5s and TL-6s in that finish on the interwebs. Congrats on a great score!
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  3. Runnerman

    Runnerman Registered Bass Player

    Mar 14, 2011
    Great bass! Congrats!
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  4. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Fusion Cats Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Beautiful. Glad you got it. Play some great music with it!
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  5. dBChad


    Aug 17, 2018
    Daytona Beach, FL
    I look forward to doing exactly that! It can be pretty hard to put this thing down once I get going!
  6. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Suhweet! Is that a factory paint job?
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  7. dBChad


    Aug 17, 2018
    Daytona Beach, FL
    Indeed it is! Research has led me to believe the TL-5/TL-6 s only did this finish in a limited run.
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  8. A tremendous bass. I have a Peavey Palaedium and I can attest that there is something really special about these American-made Peavey basses. The TL-6 is a really cool alternative to the ubiquitous Yamaha TRB. In such a rare configuration, I'd urge you to keep this one in it's current condition so far as possible.
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  9. B-Mac

    B-Mac Just like Aretha Sang... R-E-S-P-E-C-T Supporting Member

    U.S. Peavey Club
  10. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Man, that bridge pickup coil is super close to the bridge on the bass string side :woot:. It must really bark and growl. Very cool and somewhat unusual piece. Congrats! :thumbsup:
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  11. rickster4003


    Feb 15, 2013
    How do you mod a finger board?
  12. dBChad


    Aug 17, 2018
    Daytona Beach, FL
    Just got back from rehearsal, and yeah, it kicks! Very cool sound, and it cuts through the mix like a straight razor.

    For a while, I was considering removing the ebony fingerboard and fitting it with a maple one instead. Having received it, held it in my hands, and played it, I'm not doing anything to mess with the playability, feel, and tone this bass has. I'm happy with it as is.
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  13. rickster4003


    Feb 15, 2013
    Oic, thanks

  14. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    That steak didn't need any seasoning after all. Enjoy it:cool:
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  15. Make TL himself proud... (old clip, but delightfully applicable) [edit] Tim starts playing around 1:15

    Last edited: Jul 22, 2019
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  16. MTMTEX


    Apr 30, 2008
    austin tx.

    58E10B71-2333-4200-994B-15F93058B031.jpeg Hmm wonder if that’s my old bass? I had the 5 and the 6 at one time. Wish I still had them!
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  17. dBChad


    Aug 17, 2018
    Daytona Beach, FL
    Good Lord, @MTMTEX!!!

    That's quite the collection. I have a slowly growing collection of Peaveys, but you beat me in just TL-6s! The finish on mine is different enough to tell that mine is a different serial, but another TB user thinks I may have inherited the one he let get away.
  18. MTMTEX, you have too many. Let someone else get on with the TL |c:
  19. MTMTEX


    Apr 30, 2008
    austin tx.
    Sadly for me they are all gone. But the good news is most all of them went to someone here on TB!
  20. Derek S Durbin

    Derek S Durbin

    Dec 18, 2019
    So is this still avsilable?

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