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Peavey Cirrus Six String, (A Quick Review)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by cassanova, Oct 25, 2001.


  1. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    A Peavey Cirrus Six String
    Ive played one once before, but yesterday, i really spent the time to a/b this bass. I had a very hard time putting this pieace of wood down, It was so comfortable and very well balanced. The action on it was a dream too. For a 6 string i wouldnt expect the neck to feel as good as it did, alot of the other basses ive played the necks just felt really fat, this ones big, but didnt feel near as fat as a few others.

    What suprised me the most was the basses tone, Ive played older peaveys and havent liked them, the action on them was usually pretty nice, but the tone was never there. This bass has tone for days, this is one of the few basses where i actually liked the tone of her set flat. I didnt have to set the eq knobs on her to the max to get a deep bassy tone, I was able to dial in enough bass about 1/2 open. the trebs were extremely crisp, bright and clear. and I didnt need to dial in the mids too much to get a bit of a growl.

    This bass had a very nice well rounded tight, punchy sound and id recomend it to anyone looking for a 6 string.

    BTW I tested it thru a Hartke 3500 run thru a 4x10 TP, so I know if i ran it thru Eden or Ampeg it would probably sound even better.


    The B string was suprisingly tight too.
     
  2. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Peavey Cirrus basses are a steal IMO.
     
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    My Cirrus Custom sounds amazing through my Eden Metro. And the B on my Cirrus is better and tighter than the B on any of my other basses.

    Like Brad said, Cirrus basses are a steal!
     
  4. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    I totally agree, it was only $1500

    is there a big or noticable difference from the custom ones than the one i played?
     
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Playability-wise, no. The different woods do give you different tonal characteristics.
     
  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Cass, they have the tiger eye finish, birdseye maple neck with purpleheart strips, ebony fingerboard, goldplated hipshot hardware, quilt headstock overlay, the mid has a sweepable frequency, the knobs are hand made from walnut, and the cover plate, battery and truss rod cover are made of walnut.

    I have attached a pic. I need to get a digital camera where I can take some closeups of mine.
     
  7. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida
    that looks alot like the one i played, the knobs on it werent made of wood tho. i didnt even think to check out the cover plate, and truss rod cover. I didnt have any intentions on buying it, (yet) thats probably why i didnt notice it. I gotta admit, Im really impressed with this bass tho. I really used to dispise Peavey stuff.

    In Your Honest Opinion, is it worth a few extra bucks to go for the custom or is the production model just as good. Tone wise I mean?
     
  8. Because of a UPS snafu I have to go pick my spiffy new (to me) Cirrus 6 during lunch today - then I have to go back to work :(

    Oh, well - at least I have an unsupervised weekend. My wife is going away for a girls' weekend out (she does that once a month) so it looks like I'm gonna be staying up late, taking naps in the afternoon, eating food I'm not supposed to and playing my new Cirrus this weekend. I'll post a review later. I don't have a Metro but do have a Nemesis 4x10. That's sort of an Eden, I think ;)

    I got my Cirrus off eBay for $1100 and have seen them go for $850. The bubinga Cirrus that's on there now has a reserve of at least $1199 - at least that's what it was the last three times the guy listed it. I was high bidder twice but didn't meet his reserve - he emailed me both times and offered to sell me the Cirrus at his reserve price. No, thanks - I managed to snag a maple / alder Cirrus for less than his reserve.

    I used an escrow service when I bought this bass - 4% of the purchase price but I get an inspection period before Tradenable will release the $ to the seller - so if it's not as advertised he gets it back and I get my money back. Pretty good deal all the way around.

    allan
     
  9. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    these rumors going on and on are starting to make me more and more curious about the cirrus. once i thought that this was a bass with a bad sounding name (in italian cirrus sounds bad...) but now i'd really like to give this bass a try! tell me one thing, how do the pickups sound, are they more EMG or bartolini sounding?
    thanks
     
  10. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    IMO imagine a pickup as articulate as a Ken Smith but warmer. More Bartolini than EMG IMO.

    One of the cool aspects of the Cirrus pickups is their size and shape. Because they are wide and also curved to follow the radius of the fretboard, they can work similar to a Willis ramp, which helps to limit how hard you dig in while playing fingerstyle, if you keep the strings set near the pickups. It works like a ramp without looking like one.

    Go to the Peavey website and read up on the bass... I finally did last week. There was an amazing amount of thought that went into it's design.

    BTW There was a very nice Bubinga Cirrus 5 at a local store here in MD, asking price was $899, excellent condition.
     
  11. Sundogue

    Sundogue

    Apr 26, 2001
    Wausau, WI
    I've been saying all along (for quite some time now) that the Cirrus is one beautiful bass and I just love that people are finally starting to see what a great bass the Cirrus is.

    To all those who still think Peavey only makes "low-budget- bargain" equipment...:p
     
  12. Picked up the Cirrus (and the Jazz Deluxe) at lunch, ran them home, unpacked them and couldn't go back to work without putting ten minutes on the Cirrus. It was a bad idea because now I'm stuck at my desk and all I really want to do is go home and play.

    Set flat this bass is just amazing. As someone else mentioned the tone is articulate and warm. I didn't have a chance to really dig into it but did crank the treble EQ up all the way to see how noisy the beast was - and it was quiet. Almost studio quiet.

    Intonation was almost spot on - I need to tweak the B string saddle a little but everything else was just great.

    Action is a tiny bit higher than perfect for me but it looks like a fairly simple truss rod adjustment.

    Fit and finish are light-years ahead of the SR406 or Fury 6 that I currently have for sale. No buckle rash, one small dull spot on the bottom horn that can be buffed out easily.

    All in all I'm amazed.

    allan
     
  13. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    there is a Tiger Eye Cirrus 5 on Ebay right now. Looks beautiful, and going for a decent price. I really wish I had the money right now.:(
     
  14. rickreyn

    rickreyn

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    I am now playing the Cirrus 5 exclusively. I find the EQ much more sensitive than any other bass I've played. A little tweak goes a long way. I agree on the Willis charateristics of playing over the pickup. It's like a touch sensitive keyboard. I also agree the sound is great flat, and really blossoms if you have a good rig to play out of. The feel is glove-like. I am modifying mine with Hipshot tuners and a bone or mother of pearl nut. The graphite nut has developed some grooves and I would like a little more realiability in my tuners. Ironically, the Peavey Millenium has Hipshot tuners. Incidentally, I bought my bubinga/walnut on eBay too. I am watching with interest a fretless on eBay at the present time.
     
  15. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Me, too;)
     
  16. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    The Cirrus Custom has the Hipshots too, as well as the Hipshot style A bridge instead of ABM, not that there's anything wrong with ABM. The Custom also has the Millenium preamp.
     
  17. rickreyn

    rickreyn

    Jun 16, 2000
    Lutz, Florida
    What is the difference between the Cirrus and Millenium preamps?
     
  18. cassanova

    cassanova

    Sep 4, 2000
    Florida

    how much does the custom usually retail for?
     
  19. I have a question, how much do the 6 string Cirrus's sell for from a Peavey dealer brand new. I'm guessing somewhere around $2000?
     
  20. ebozzz

    ebozzz Supporting Member

    May 17, 2001
    Denver, Colorado
    I think that there's been a price increase since I got mine (June 2001) but I would think that you should be able to get one easily for under $1500.00 USD. They were asking $1300.00 for mine but I was able to get them to knock off close to $200.00. The list price is close to $2000.00.

    If I could get one off ebay for $750.00 or less I would jump on it. At close to a thousand dollars, I would have to consider buying new.