Peavey T40 differences thru the years

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  1. DavidEdenAria

    DavidEdenAria

    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    I will do a search, but also would like to hear about personal experience in terms of the pickup differences mainly...the toaster vs. blade pickups.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    In the link in my sig you can see a more detailed and specific breakdown of some of the Peavey T-40 differences, but here's the basic breakdown.

    When first released, T-40's had
    -Toaster pickups: Warm thick sounding pups. Round and full.
    -Die cast metal nut
    -No body contours

    AFAIK, the changes didn't all happen at once, but by sometime between 82 and 84 things had transitioned entirely over to
    -Blade pickups. Brighter pickups with more high end and possibly higher gain.
    -Nylon Nut
    -Moderately contoured body.

    I personally prefer the toaster pups, but then again I actually like the sound of a mudbucker so a bit of warmth is a good thing to me. That is not to say that they are muddy pickups, but when I solo the bridge pickup in humbucker mode it completely satisfies my GAS for a mudbucker telebass. I've got a blade pup on my T-45 and it's also a good sounding pup. Just a different flavor. I definitely prefer the metal nut but even that isn't as big a difference as some might think.
     
  3. DavidEdenAria

    DavidEdenAria

    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    Is it more likely for the later version to be lighter in weight because of the contours?

    Another thing I am curious about is the wood thickness overall....is it the same?
     
  4. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    You'll save a bit of weight in the later versions, but the contours aren't too dramatic. If you want to save weight, you'll probably want to go with a painted body version which were made of poplar rather than the heavy ash of the natural and sunburst finished bodies.

    Not sure about overall wood thickness between years. I think my '82 T-45 is thinner than my '79 T-40, but the bodies are different in several ways, so it's not really a fair comparison.
     
  5. DavidEdenAria

    DavidEdenAria

    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    I am fairly sure my black 85 Foundation is poplar?

    Its far heavier than my early SF Fury....which the ash Fury is almost 3 lbs. lighter than the black Foundation...same body thickness save for the contours.

    I really screwed up recently, a very early T40 showed up at an old Peavey dealer w/ a warped pickguard, other wise real clean and it was slightly over 10 lbs.....REALLY light for an early T40, no?

    I passed on it for $250....another old guy really wanted it for his studio...I wonder now if I will find another early T40 close to 10 lbs?
     
  6. Eilif

    Eilif Holding it down in K-Town. Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    Wood varies and I don't know anything about foundation wood, so it's entirely possible that the foundation is heavier.

    Around 10 pounds is not unheard of, but definitley on the light end. $250 for such an instrument is a great deal, especially since a PG can often be reshaped with heat and pressing.
     
  7. DavidEdenAria

    DavidEdenAria

    Dec 13, 2013
    On a Hill
    It seems as if the types of Foundation wood varied....anyone know for sure how many varieties?
     
  8. LowNloud1

    LowNloud1 Commercial User

    Jun 11, 2012
    Wilmington NC
    I am a hobbyist making stone picks that I sell but mostly give away. They made me do this anyways.
    Foundation woods depended on year of manufactiure. I believe they started with Ash, then Maple and Alder. Not sure if Maple before Alder or vice versa.

    I have an older T40 with Toaster pups, body not contoured. Body is about 1.5" thick and total weight is 11 pounds. The heavyweight of my collection.
     
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