Peavey Cirrus

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bas_anton, Jul 17, 2003.

  1. I have a 5 stringed Cirrus with a maple top and a pao-ferro fingerboard. I find the sound a bit weak especially (hope I speeled it right) the
    g- string. What can I do? I´m thinking of changing the preamp,has anyone done this? Can I get a more "hot" sound with another preamp? I love the feel of my cirrus. I just think the sound is somewhat "sterile".
  2. I've got a 4 stringed Cirrus (walnut/bubinga), and the sound is great. The preamp really does its job, it's extremely versatile.

    I don't know what's wrong with yours. Maybe bad batteries? Or something wrong with the circuit? You should maybe take it to the store where you got it. Especially if you still have warranty.
  3. secretdonkey


    Oct 9, 2002
    Austin, TX
    anton, I have a 4 string with the same woods. After playing a Jazz bass for many years, it took me awhile to get used to the different sound. At one point I emailed Peavey about putting in the preamp that comes with the Tiger Eye models (adds sweepable mids), but they replied that it would require some routing, so that's not a plug-and-play option. I've discounted that plan anyway, as I'm really starting to come to terms with the Cirrus sound, and liking it more and more all the time.

    Suggestion: Try running everything flat on the preamp - bass, mids and treble, pickup balance in the middle. My mistake was getting happy with those tone knobs. It sounds great with everything flat - it just took me awhile to realize that!

    Oh, and if you think your G string is weak, you can adjust the screws on the pickups so that the pickup is closer to the G string than the E.

    Good luck finding the sound you want!

  4. thanks! I´m going to try to put the tone nobs flat and see if I can get a good sound. I tried my cirrus trough an EBS amp and it sounded awesome, My Hartke rig sound really good together with my Miller fender, but now I´m going to change to EBS!!
  5. IMO, the 35" scale makes the G sound different, but, ultimately, it's still a great sound. Very modern. I love my Bubinga 4!
  6. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    The G on my Cirrus 6 sounds killer. Evenly balanced with the rest of the strings.

    It could be the amp, as you suggested, but you might also try some different strings. I use Dean Markley SR2000s and they really make the Cirrus growl.
  7. PhatBasstard

    PhatBasstard Spector Dissector Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2002
    Tacoma WA
    I have no problems with "weak" sound on my Cirrus basses, but I do have the pickups a little closer on the treble string side (but I tend to do this on most basses I've owned).

    Keep in mind also, the VFL pickups don't have the magnetic pull on the strings that most other Bass pickups have, so you can set them very close to the strings for extra gain/tone.

    If mine were any closer, the strings would be vibrating against them when I use the 24th fret.