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peavey t40 restoration

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by scott sinner, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. scott sinner

    scott sinner

    Jan 8, 2005
    This is my bandmate's, but I helped him think through the restoration and did the setup.

    1980s Peavey t-40.

    He got this for $20 in a pawn shop. Yes $20. You can see why from the 'before' pics. Looked like the previous pervert, err I mean owner, had tried to make it run in stereo. It didnt work and we regret not taking a picture of it when the missing part of the pickguard had cardboard and glue gun glue holding it in place. We'd taken that off first thing to diagnose the neurological damage.

    He opted for a different setup than the original. Tone knobs for each pickup, volume for each pickup, master volume. Some of that is admittedly redundant, but it filled up the holes in a cosmetic way. Around $250 into it with parts and labor iirc.

    Happily they still have pickguards for this model on ebay. And Nick was able to even get custom pick up rings from dave @ http://www.fretsonthenet.com/

    Sounds great now. Neck, frets, nut, tuners, bridge were always fine. I merely did slight bridge and truss rod adjustments. I'll do the intonation when the new strings settle.

    Pickups are very punchy like I remember them (I had one of these briefly in the early 1990s.)







  2. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Nice job!
  3. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Looks great, kudos
  4. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    Nice resto job!

    That was a mess...

    Feel sorry for that bass.

    You definitely saved it...
  5. tuBass


    Dec 14, 2002
    Mesquite, Texas
    very nice! It would be even cooler if he found the original peavey knobs
  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
  7. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    Nice job, dig the pickup rings. Bravo.
  8. Exploiter8

    Exploiter8 Demons run when a good man goes to war

    Jan 18, 2010
    Commercial FREE!
  9. Engine207

    Engine207 Losing faith in humanity...one call at a time.

    Jul 10, 2008
    Higley, AZ
    That looks awesome!!
  10. pudgychef

    pudgychef Supporting Member

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    looks great! Very nice save!
  11. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    Great job—very cool!
  12. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    Skate save and a beauty.
  13. The "before" pics are horrifying, such a shame. nice job bringing it back, looks great now!
  14. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Looks great!

    Awful lot of knobs there... added preamp?
  15. scott sinner

    scott sinner

    Jan 8, 2005
    No it is just volume for each pickup, tone for each pickup. Master volume. and pickup selector. Somewhat redundant, but he didn't want to have empty holes in the pickguard. The original had a phase switch, which is just gimmicky.

    Might not use em, but they're not in the way.
  16. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    You should probably listen to some T-40 samples with original switching and re-evaluate that ;)
  17. scott sinner

    scott sinner

    Jan 8, 2005
    meh. I had a t-40 back in the early 90s. I didn't care for it. And for the guy (as I noted above, this is my bass players, not mine) he really doesnt like to do lead stuff on bass. If he does any leads, he'll reach over to an organ.
  18. I had a T40 (burst paint) that I bought new in '82...I could coax some pretty cool tones out of it but it was like hanging a cement block around my neck...I think it weighed in at 13 lbs...yikes! I sold it a couple of years later and bought a Carvin fiver...and four less pounds...ahhhhhh. my back thanked me.
  19. scott sinner

    scott sinner

    Jan 8, 2005
    yep it is pretty heavy. Less than my accordion tho
  20. Really like those pickup rings and knobs . Personalizes this T40. Great job. .