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Peavey Foundation Advice Please

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Shawn Luckman, Dec 4, 2013.

  1. I have found an early '90's Peavey Foundation bass for sale, for a small amount & the bass looks in good condition. I remember these back in the 80's as being a good bass, are the 90's ones still as good it has the Super Ferrite pickups.
    I have always had a soft spot for Peavey as my first decent bass was a T-40, and the Foundation does look nice.
  2. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    I have this era of foundation, and i really like mine. Seems like pretty darn good quality. It might not fetch quite as much as an original 80s, but i wouldn't expect them to sound much different.
  3. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Incredible basses, especially when you consider how little they go for. Most prefer the Super Ferrites to the later model VFL pickups, so if the one you're considering has SF's, you can't lose. Outside of a few styling differences, an early 90's Foundation is exactly the same as an 80's Foundation.
  4. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    I bought one of these from a TBer a few months back and actually just sold it back to him for the same price, so effectively I borrowed it for a few months. It has a great, slim, jazz-taper neck and a lot of good flexibility and tone in the pickups. Great bass for the money, or indeed for any money. I only sold it back because I mostly play 5-stringers, and after I got a new Carvin it was just redundant to have another 4-string around. The only, slight, drawback I found in it was the balance - it doesn't neck dive badly, but left to itself it hung just about parallel to the ground. I prefer when a bass hangs at a 30-45 degree angle by itself, but that's me. Didn't stop me from enjoying playing it.
  5. Thank you Gentlemen I remember seeing one in white in the late 80's, & I liked the look of them then with that pointed headstock. I'm going to get this bass I couldn't get a new Squire Affinity bass, for what this one is going to cost.:)
  6. blastoff99


    Dec 17, 2011
    SW WA
    Buy it. I've always been sorry I let mine go.
  7. I'm going to I've thought about it during the today at work, & spoke to the wife and I have her blessing.
  8. Chrome Dome

    Chrome Dome Chrome Dome Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2013
    Piqua,Ohio 45356
    Sent you a PM
  9. Chrome Dome

    Chrome Dome Chrome Dome Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2013
    Piqua,Ohio 45356
    If anyone would be interested,I have a 1987 Peavey Dyna Bass,with gold hardware,candy apple with mild flake. I consider them a souped up Foundation,with built in pre-amp. Make me an offer.

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  10. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate

    Aug 14, 2009
    My G.A.S. led me to a Dyna Bass with the SF pickups. It's the one bass that I can't imagine ever selling.

    There's so many very good Foundation examples lying around, you should get the one you want, and play less $$ for one with any obvious wear & tear on the body, neck, or fret wires.
  11. jam -1

    jam -1

    Jun 17, 2006
    You wont be sorry that you bought it I had one I wish I would have kept it the paint job was bad on mine so for my birthday the guys in the band is a body man so he took and striped down and painted it harley white man did it look awsome when he was done with it I should takeing pictures the sad thing about them when you go to sell them the dnt hold there value they are awsome basses but where I live they kind of frown on Peavey dnt know why

    take care and good luck
  12. I have both Super Ferrite Foundations and the 90's pickups. The SF's have a more classic sound, but the later ones have a great tone too - probably more versatile but less old school.

    No losers either way.
  13. There is just something about Peavey basses I love, & I'll be keeping this one.Like I said a USA made bass for less than a Squier Affinity :smug:. Of all Peavey basses my favorite is always the original Sarzo bass.
  14. I've never played one, but they just look so HOT.
  15. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    thanks for posting this. i've owned peaveys with an SF and the passive VFL-style but not quite VFLs (what the heck are these things, anyway?), but not at the same time. i would describe the SFs as more 'snarly' and the passive non-VFLs as "clear, more bell-like". any other opinions on this?
  16. I have been reading on here loads of good things about the Foundation basses and the SFpickups, looking forward to hearing it for myself.
  17. Bass Fund

    Bass Fund Banned

    Nov 30, 2013
    The earlier Foundations were made with better stuff, but the later were also pretty darn good. I'd think buying a used one for around $250 is a better idea than buying something new made overseas for around the same amount of cash. The Foundation is about the only pro level bass I can think of that sells for such a low amount.
  18. I bought a 1994 Foundation on Ebay a couple of months ago for $62. It was in pretty rough shape so I stripped the paint off and refinished with clear lacquer, replaced the pots, and made a new bone nut. It's a pretty sweet bass now for what I've got into it and it sounds nice. It seems like these are a good buy for the right price.




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