Peavey T40 ???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dstolk, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. dstolk


    Dec 29, 2002
    Rockford, IL USA
    I have an oportunity to purchase a mint condition early 80's era T40. It's basically been in its case in a closet for about 20 years. Problem is, I have absolutly no idea what this might be worth. Anyone have any idea of a fair price and any input on quality?
  2. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    If it's really pristine and has the original case, probably around $200. Never heard anyone say they weren't high quality. Typically they also weigh as much as the average battleship anchor.
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  3. t40's are cool, i wish i could find me a mint one here in my town.
    Up here in Canada really good shape ones i believe go no more than about 500$ (thats as high as i seen them ever go anyway) so i guess that would be somewhere between 200$ and 300$ to people in the States.
    You should definitely try to pick it up...they are pretty cool basses and tough as nails...and as stated above...heavy as hell.
  4. mgood


    Sep 29, 2001
    Levelland, Texas
    I started learning bass on a T-40 that belonged to my high school jazz band. I didn't like it at all at the time. And yes, it was very heavy. But I didn't know a good bass from a bad one at the time. I hated the looks. It also had poor action. It probably just needed a setup which I didn't know anything about then.:rolleyes: And I had this notion that anything that said Peavey on it was junk. Couldn't wait to get a bass of my own. And I was very happy to be rid of it when I did get my own.

    Now I understant they are somewhat in demand again. People say there are a large variety of tones you can get out of one. The one I played probably was a pretty decent bass. I played a used one in a pawnshop a couple years ago, just because it reminded me of where I started. I thought, "hmm, not too bad after all."
  5. Skerik1


    Sep 21, 2002
    Saint Paul, MN
    A friend of mine has a T-40. It's a piece of crap. Even with new strings, it sounds totally dead. It is in pretty rough shape, but when I play it, I don't know how it could have ever been worth playing.

  6. SlapDaddy


    Mar 28, 2000
    It's amazing how bad a bass can really be...:meh:
  7. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    ...and while there are better basses than the T-40 out there, you could also do much worse for the $200 or so it's worth.
  8. Matt Till

    Matt Till

    Jun 1, 2002
    Edinboro, PA
    I got one from a friend I need to fix up. I dig it so far. It's got a nice vintage esque tone. I got my for about 50 bills even though the guy wanted to give it to me for free because he never played bass. It was just sitting around and he was moving... free bass for Matt! I felt bad and gave him 50 though.

    Like stated before... weighs a lot!
  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I'd quickly pay $200 for a mint one, just for the nostalgia. I owned one in the early eighties, and it did have a lot of good tones in it. Now I probably couldn't even lift one.
  10. thats a bad thing?;)

    ...I like the "dead" sound!:)

  11. RonnieZMagnum


    Jun 12, 2003
    Natural bodies with maple necks and OHSC.
    Excellent condition $200
    Add $25 to $50 for a rosewood fretboard.

    Colors seem to add about $100 to $200 to the above price.

    Black and Sunburst seem to be the next most common colors. Follow that by White. Red and Burgandy are the rarest, as I believe these colors were only offered for one or two years.

    Had a burgandy with maple neck. Hated the maple neck, so I sold it. Wish I still had it now that I'm more knoledgable. I would just change it out for a rosewood neck, as that is my preference now.
    Have been watch for a burgandy/rosewood for myself.
  12. Skerik1


    Sep 21, 2002
    Saint Paul, MN
    My friend will be selling his T40 after a while if anyone is interested. I'll talk to him about getting some pics and when he wants to sell it.

  13. Played a T45 (two pickup) for years as my first real bass, ended up defretting the maple neck and used as fretless for a few more years. I still have the refinished body lurking in the closet waiting for a new lease...

    The T40/T45 are great quality basses easily worth 250. in good shape. Those early 80's USA Peavey guitar and basses are still great bargains. I had an awsome PV tele a while ago.
  14. maxwell


    Mar 9, 2008
    Hi,Im interested in the Peavy T40 Bass!! Could send me the Pictures Please??? My mail is [email protected]
  15. Bett


    Jan 27, 2008
    I just started with bass this year and decided to get myself a T-40. I got one for about $280. I saw some on ebay go over $400 but they usually seem to be around $200 to $300. I really like my T-40. It's a great instrument, well built, sounds good, and the weight keeps my brother from wanting to play it for too long. :p
  16. dangnewt

    dangnewt Veteran Dispenser Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2003
    MetroWest Boston
    +1 to Bett's post. If it is minty - $300 wouldn't be unfair for the seller to ask. Anything below $250 would be bargain for you; anything between looks pretty fair to me.

    The T-40 has been getting more TB attention and I have found most of the T-40 threads to have high signal to noise ratios. If you haven't already done so, poke around in them.
  17. Jjango


    Nov 16, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    Just so you know – this thread is almost five years old. The date on the post above yours is 07-02-2003.

    Funny how things change:
  18. jonnychicago


    Mar 20, 2006
    Seriously. Aren't these things going like crazy on ebay?
  19. Really nice ones are going for 4-$500 these days.

    One just sold on the Good Guys site for $550.
  20. jonnychicago


    Mar 20, 2006
    sheesh...hipster kids snappin these and all the good acoustic and sunn amps up.