Peavey Foundation S

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by soggy6, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. soggy6


    Dec 17, 2012
    Hi all - I attempted to play a little bass back in the 1990's and am thinking about giving it a go again. I can buy a Peavey Foundation S for $150 - is that a decent deal for this instrument?

    Thanks for any advice/information!
  2. Depending on condition that is a decent deal. They typically go for $200-$250 in near mint condition.
  3. mech

    mech In Memoriam

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    What he said. Good instrument, too, as long as it hasn't been abused.

  4. TwinBass


    Oct 5, 2007
    Spokane, WA
    I played a Foundation 5 for a while. It was a solid bass. I wish I still had it..

    The foundation 5 was different from the foundation 4... I don't even know if I'd still like it, but I really dug it at the time.

    Peavey made (makes) some really sweet basses. Don't let the low price fool you.
  5. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
  6. blastoff99

    blastoff99 Moderators Local A440 Staff Member Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2011
    Under the flight path
    Had one, really liked it, and then "upgraded." Should have kept it. $150 is likely a great deal.
  7. soggy6


    Dec 17, 2012
    Thanks for the information - I really appreciate the guidance. I'm meeting up with the seller either tomorrow or Wednesday to take a peek at it. If I buy I'll post some pictures.

    Thanks again for taking the time!
  8. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    If you're talking about a 4-string P/J configuration with SuperFerrite pickups, they are great! $150 for one in good shape is a good price!
  9. soggy6


    Dec 17, 2012
    Don't think it has those (but I'm not sure). I have not seen it in person, only in pictures:



    Any ideas about the year this guy may have been made?
  10. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    I'd guess around 1989. Check and make sure both pickups are operating properly.
  11. soggy6


    Dec 17, 2012
    Is there a "best way" to test a pickup other than turning knobs and noodling around at different volumes and tones?
  12. Musiclogic

    Musiclogic Commercial User

    Aug 6, 2005
    Southwest Michigan
    Owner/Builder: HJC Customs USA, The Cool Lute, C G O
    The Foundation S never had Super Ferrites, just the regular Foundation and original Dyna Bass. The Original Foundation S had The Schaller PBX and JBX P/J set up and then moved to a G&B P/J later on. That blue one is the later model.
  13. soggy6


    Dec 17, 2012
    G&B make decent sounding pickups?
  14. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    That's the way to do it. I mention that because it looks like the P-pickup might have fallen below the plastic cover. It's no big deal, as long as the pickups work. I bought a Peavey B-90 that was like this and it took all of 5 minutes to fix. But still, see if the pickup is rattling around underneath that cover. Use it as a price negotiating point if it is.
  15. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    The one in my Avatar is a super bass, I got it for ~$200.
  16. soggy6


    Dec 17, 2012
    I'll keep that in the front of my mind for sure when I go take a peek. I am not expecting the condition to be real good - I've found the same ad (or close to it) posted for almost 18 months. I'm guessing someone would have bought the instrument by now if it was in great shape. Guess we'll hope and see.
  17. winston

    winston Supporting Member

    May 2, 2000
    East Bay, CA
    Also be sure to check that the neck isn't warped, the truss rod is functional, and the frets are in decent shape. You can always replace faulty electronics for a reasonable price, but neck/truss/fret issues start adding up really quickly.

    Those old American Peaveys are built like tanks--I had a Patriot fretless that I used to fly with. I checked the molded Peavey case as luggage, never any issues.
  18. The blue is a very uncommon color. About 89 or 90 model. Pretty neat.
  19. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    A sure sign something is wrong.
  20. soggy6


    Dec 17, 2012
    My thought as well. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is, right? :meh: I'll take a look-see anyway, but my expectations are real low.

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