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Peavey Foundation "S"

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ultra60, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. ultra60

    ultra60 Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2010
    Herndon/Chantilly Va.
    Can anybody tell me what the "S" stands for? There's one local that has a P/J pickup setup. Seller claims it's an '85. Is that possible? My knowledge of these is limited to seeing Kyle Henderson (The Producers) use his live in '83.
  2. yodedude2

    yodedude2 Supporting Member

    good question. i'm not sure that it stands for anything. the one i once owned also had a p/j setup with active Peavey pickups.
  3. mech

    mech Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    The Foundation S was available with active or passive pickups. The passive used Dimarzio PUs with the allen screw pole pieces and the active used EMG low impedance PUs with the internal FET preamp.

  4. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I'm not sure Peavey made "S" Foundations in '85. They did make them in '86, though, so the seller could be a bit off. As far as I know, the "S" in the Foundation S is there to set the model apart from the regular Foundation bass, which had 2 Super Ferrite pickups. I don't know if "S" is an abbreviation for a specific word.

    The "S" model Foundations are very good quality basses. If the price is right, it would be a nice buy.
  5. RED J

    RED J Lol Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    Schaller as in pickups that were in it.
  6. Bingo- the pickups were Schaller copies(liscensed) of Dimarzios, and the tuners were Schaller S-4s(similar to Grover Titans).
  7. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate

    Aug 14, 2009
    I've read at least one post referring to the S as stereo.

  8. DavidEdenAria


    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    Do the early S models have the same tuners as the early Foundations, the ones with the adjustable screw on the tuner shaft?
  9. mech

    mech Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    That's why they fooled me. The Shaller active models had a stereo jack to turn on the pickups but I'm not aware of Peavey having any stereo bass models. Some of the 6 string guitars with piezo and magnetic pickups were stereo.

  10. Staccato

    Staccato Low End Advocate

    Aug 14, 2009
    Nothing found in the 4 page manual to reveal the meaning of the letter S in the name. The manual does mention an authentic Switchcraft output jack installed, though.