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Peavey Cirrus 6 review

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by embellisher, Aug 13, 2001.


  1. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    OK, time to post a review on the Cirrus. For ease of understanding, the review will be similar to the format that Bass Player uses. I originally posted this in my I got a new bass thread, but that thread has fallen off of the end of the earth.:D

    I used it on 1/2 of the sets my oldies band did Friday and Saturday night.

    Construction & Hardware: 4.5

    The neck is 5 piece birdseye maple with walnut stringers and an ebony fingerboard, construction is neck through. It is graphite reinforced and has a quilt maple headstock overlay that is finished to match the body. The body wings are made of alder with bookmatched AAAA quilted tops. The glue lines are nice and tight, and Peavey uses a wenge tone plate between the back and the top to enhance the appearance and tone. The fretwork is absolutely perfect, all of the ends are rounded evenly with no filing marks evident on the frets or the sides of the fingerboard. The frets are uniformly seated, with no high frets, and no space under any of the frets. The control cavity is neat and tidy, and shielded with copper foil. The finish is flawless with no runs or sanding marks in evidence. The hand made walnut knobs look just like chrome domes, complete with knurled sides. Nice touch. The hardware is satin gold plate, Hipshot Ultralite minituners and a Hipshot style A bridge. The only thing that keeps the bass from getting a 5 in construction is that the walnut control cavity and battery covers are cut a little bit unevenly and there is a little but of glue evident above the nut on the treble side. There are also a couple of small spaces in the abalone Cirrus inlay at the 12th fret.

    Electronics: 5

    The pickups are Peavey's VFL humbuckers. They have a wide aperature magnetic field, closer to a MM field than a single coil. They also claim to have less magnetic pull on the strings, because the field is wider than normal pickups but doesn't go as high(up through the strings) like conventional pickups. The electronics are dead quiet. The controls are volume, blend, active bass, midrange and treble. The midrange knob is a concentric pot, with the ring controlling mid frequency, and the center controlling boost/cut. A peek inside the control cavity reveals that this bass has the Peavey Millenium 18 volt preamp. Other Cirrus' do not have a sweepable midrange. The pickups and preamp are dead silent, and the active EQ and sweepable mids offer a ton of flexibility. I still have a lot of expirimenting to do, but so far I have a good P tone, a good Jazz bridge pu soloed tone, a good Jazz both pickups full on tone, a great modern slap tone, as well as 3 or 4 more useable tones.

    Playability: 4.5

    The bass has a 35" scale, but a medium shallow profile, making it very comfortable to play. I have small hands, but had no problems with reach in the lower register. The neck through construction and deep cutaways make access to the 24th fret effortless. The neck is oil finished, and feels great under your hands. No sticking to the finish like on a poly finished neck. This is my first instrument with an oil finished neck. I will have to learn how to take care of it. This neck is more comfortable than my Pedulla Rapture 5, and almost as comfortable as my Zon 5 string, and they are both 34" scale basses. The only reason that the bass does not get a 5 in playability is because I prefer 19mm(3/4") spacing at the bridge, and this one is only about 17.5 mm. Time to clean up the slap technique.:eek:

    Sound: 5

    This bass sounds absolutely incredible through my Eden Metro combo. More clarity, focus and bottom end thunder than my Pedulla. It also has the best B string of any bass that I have ever played, except for a Modulus Quantum 5 and a Roscoe SKB 6. My Zon and Pedulla both have great B's, but the Cirrus B is in another class. The tone is completely uniform across all 6 strings, with no boominess on the B or E, and no guitar like thinness on the high C. It's going to be hard to play the Pedulla. I love it, but it is not in the same class playability or tone wise as the Cirrus.

    Value: 5

    A world class 6 string for ~$1500. I've not had the fortune to play a 6 that I liked as much. The Yamaha TRB JP was close, and I loved the wide spacing, but the neck was too wide for my small mitts, and the B string was nowhere close to the Cirrus B string.

    Overall: 4.8

    The Zon has some competition for my attention now. I fear that the Pedulla's playing time will be reduced, and the Ibanez, Fender, Electra-Westone and Peavey Foundation may die of loneliness.

    I am actually considering selling the Pedulla and getting a Cirrus 5. If only the spacing were a little wider.
     
  2. BassMan2000

    BassMan2000

    Sep 27, 2000
    Canada
    Makeing my jealous now. I think I'm going to order myself one :)
     
  3. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Glad to hear you like it. Got any pics yet?? I wanna see it!!!:)
     
  4. MtnGoat

    MtnGoat

    May 7, 2000
    MA/NH
    Embellisher,
    If I'm not mistaking, you have a cirrus CUSTOM, right? Where does a cat get some informaton on the custom cirrus line and in what ways is it different than the standard cirrus?
    Digs
     
  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Wow!!!! I always know you were my FAVORITE Talk Basser!!!!!!!! I'll e-mail you my shipping address.:p ;)

    <a href="http://www.theoremnyc.cjb.net"><img width=385 height=70 src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=41535909&Sequence=0&res=high"></a>
     
  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    :eek:
    Help! I've been misquoted!:mad:

    :D
     
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    The Cirrus Custom is a limited production run that is done in tigereye finish AAAA quilt maple.

    The differences are:

    Ebony fingerboard
    Hipshot style A bridge, instead of the ATB bridge
    Matching quilt headstock overlay
    Satin finish gold hardware
    3 band preamp has a sweepable midrange(it's the Millenium preamp)
    Handmade walnut knobs
    Walnut control cavity and battery covers
    Walnut truss rod cover
    Headstock says Cirrus Custom instead of Cirrus:rolleyes::p
    +$900 list price, at least on the 6

    Hope that I didn't miss anything.:)

    I don't know if they are through with this run or not. The dealer that I bought it from had 1 six string and 1 four string. He bought a 4, 5 and 6 at the winter 2001 NAMM show in Anaheim. He sold the 5 right after he put them in display.

    Supposedly, the 6 that I bought was the one that was on display at NAMM. I don't know if this is true or not.

    The only thing that I know to tell you guys interested in one is to go to your local Peavey dealer and see if there are any available. The shop that I bought it from had no idea how many were made, but they did say that they were limited to buying one of each.
     
  8. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    pics! pics! pics! pics! pics!;)
     
  9. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Soon as I can beg, borrow or steal a digital camera!:D
     
  10. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    steal! steal! steal! steal! steal!
     
  11. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Congrats!

    I definatly have been wanting to check a Cirrus out, but the only store near me that carries Peavey doesn't carry any expensive stuff, you have to order something if it costs above $800. It's really pathetic, because they never let you try it first... It's kinda like a blind date where you get married at the end of the night.

    Anyway, It seems you like it... I've been telling people around here that Peavey makes some insanely good stuff... But a lot of people just go on their bad reputation...

    Oh yeah... You could always replace the bridge or nut, couldn't you? For your string spacing that is...


    Congrats again, I'm glad to see you made a good purchase. :)
     
  12. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I could replace the bridge, but I can't make the neck any wider.
     
  13. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Congrats Jeff... sounds like you hit the jackpot. I know we've been talking about the Cirrus for a long time, never imagined you'd get one this sweet;)
     
  14. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Thanks, Brad. I didn't expect to find one this sweet either. Believe it or not, it was my wife who convinced me to pay the extra $350 for this one over a flamed redwood 6 without the variable mids.

    I am as ecstatic over owning this bass as I am my Zon.

    The Pedulla is not in the same league with these 2.
     
  15. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    hehe, I just checked your TB profile, and I couldn't help but noticed it goes "Cirrus, Zon" etc etc...

    Any reasoning for this? It seems like there is...

    All this talk about Cirrus's really makes me wanna try one, the only thing I'm worried about is that everyone on here also talks about Ibanez BTB's and I tried a 4 and 6 string BTB, and hated both...

    That, and as I said before... No one really carries good Peavey's around here. (basses... We have every peavey amp they make though)


    :)
     
  16. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    I just got off the phone with my Peavey dealer, and was told that they probably would not be able to get one of the Tiger Eye Cirrus basses in. I don't think I am gonna like those guys anymore.:mad:
     
  17. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    CE, I like the Ibanez BTBs a whole lot, but they are nowhere near the bass that the Cirrus is.

    Don't mention a Cirrus and any Ibanez in the same breath.::shudder:::eek:
     
  18. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    AMEN!!!:D
     
  19. Jeff,

    Congratulations on the bass and on a great job at the review.

    Sound like you got another winner!

    Jeff
     
  20. Freakapotamus9

    Freakapotamus9

    Jun 20, 2001
    Nebraska
    i wish i could afford something like that ........ heck, ive never even seen one let alone bought one. stupid local guitar stores.......