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QUESTIONS RE: Peavey International Series Milestone II

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Loren Sanders, Sep 21, 2022.

  1. Loren Sanders

    Loren Sanders

    Sep 19, 2022
    Hello ALL,:)

    I own a Peavey International Series Milestone II, Serial: #7013111 (pictures at bottom). I bought this bass about on a lark 12 years ago for $80, and it has gathered dust since. Time for that to change!!!

    Which is why I am posting...
    I can’t find an actual schematic or pdf anywhere of this actual model (including at Peavey's site), and I could use it since I am looking at doing some modding soon. So, I’m hoping that friendly bass folk may be able to help answer some questions for me:

    1) Any idea how to read the serial on this puppy and figure out when it was made, would be very cool and helpful (serial:#7013111).

    2) Any idea where I could find actual specs/schematics etc for her (Not found at Peavey's site...or anywhere else as yet!!).

    3) I’m looking at repainting her, or at least revamping the paint that is on her with a bunch of drawings, text, doodles, and so on, BUT, have never dealt with basses before, so…

    A) If I just pull the 13 screws holding the pickguard in place, can I lift it out with all the electronics remaining attached OR, is there wiring, etc inside connecting to the body or other hardware in some way I will have to deal with?

    B) I’m guessing that as old as it is, It’s probably not too likely I can buy a new pickguard, so if I wanted to trace this out, and cut myself a new one, what material would I need to use (ply, weight, etc) to maintain the needed integrity of it?

    C) If I pull the neck plate, and the bridge plate (for painting the body), can I reassemble as simply and it remain in line without a pile of new adjustments and such?

    D) What kind of cavity am I (likely) looking at when I open up the body on this thing?

    That’s pretty much it, and any help that any pone can offer will be greatly appreciated – God bless and have a great week!

    PS: Feel free to reply at my email: lhsanders [at] outlook [dot] com.



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  2. Loren Sanders

    Loren Sanders

    Sep 19, 2022
    One week and no one has even LOOKED at my post - gee, this is going well.... :meh:
  3. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    I’ve no experience with that bass, but the wiring should be the same as any Precision.
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  4. Loren Sanders

    Loren Sanders

    Sep 19, 2022
    Timbuk 3? I remember them, old Madison band!
  5. Bassguy61


    Feb 28, 2008
    Pearl, MS
    Not an expert on P-basses, but I think the only thing you will likely have after pulling the pickguard screws is a ground wire going up and under bridge. If you are pulling the bridge, do that first to free the ground wire. As far as re-assembly, there will likely be some tweaking needed. Shouldn't be a lot, but basically just a set up to make sure everything is back as it should be.
  6. Loren Sanders

    Loren Sanders

    Sep 19, 2022

    Thanks for the advice. As I said - I is bass innards ignint! :) The "Makes sense to me" part of my brain has been thinking pretty much that same thing (ground wire only), BUT, the more I KNOW, the less chance I'll blow it somehow. ;-)
  7. Krizz


    May 26, 2018
    Columbus, OH
    I rattlecaned one of these a little over a year ago, so

    1 - no idea about reading the serial numbers

    2 - Standard P Bass wiring

    3 - peruse the rattle can refinish thread for all kinds of ideas and help Rattle Can Refinish Club

    A - more or less, the pick up is not attached to the pick guard, you will have to remove the four adjustment screws, you will also have to remove the bridge in order to pull the ground wire through

    B - I repainted the pick guard on mine, probably any standard pick guard material would work if you want to make your own

    C - it should easily go back together, but you will want to do a set up after it is reassembled

    D - if I am remembering correctly, there is a route from the control panel to the pick up cavity, the pick up wires just lay in it. I don’t recall having to unsolder and then re-solder the pick up wires.

    Some pics below, when we found this sitting in the back corner of the warehouse we have been getting together to hang out and play for six years and realized it was sitting back there all those years we have been getting together, I asked if I could take it home to set it up, and my buddy that owns the warehouse said it’s yours, do what you want to it. Someone had stripped it and refinished it natural, so you will see it’s a plywood body. The purple sparkle is the rattle can finish that I did. Have fun with whatever you do, and good luck.

    Edited to add, I did not change the pick up, or any of the electronics, I do not know why, but this bass sounds amazing just the way it is.



    Last edited: Sep 26, 2022
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  8. B-Mac

    B-Mac Happiness is a warm puppy and a great bass Gold Supporting Member

    @kodiakblair should be able to tell you a thing or two about your bass.
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  9. I'll do my best Good Brother :thumbsup:

    @Krizz answered most of your questions , I'll fill in the blank.

    Milestone II basses were released in 1995 and discontinued in 1999. Basically it's a P-bass but like most Peaveys sports a slim jazz type neck. The serial number contains no info of use to owners and even Peavey never kept records of overseas builds.

    Split-P pickup is a ceramic magnet model, increased output achieved with less copper.

    I have my doubts you'll find an aftermarket PG which fits. This leaves you 2 choices, make your own or ask Amber.
    Amber is a little lady from Meridian who bought a huge number of spares boxes at the Peavey factory clearout auction.
    She's not an employee nor a bass player, just someone who spotted a sideline business.

    You can contact Amber through eBay or Reverb, goes by the name 'browneyed girl sales".
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  10. Krizz


    May 26, 2018
    Columbus, OH
    Found a picture from when I was painting it while on vacation, this was the base coat, but it does show the rout under the pick guard

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  11. Loren Sanders

    Loren Sanders

    Sep 19, 2022
  12. Loren Sanders

    Loren Sanders

    Sep 19, 2022
    Thanks a bunch my friend - you've been helpful. :smug:
  13. Loren Sanders

    Loren Sanders

    Sep 19, 2022
  14. Loren Sanders

    Loren Sanders

    Sep 19, 2022
    As I keep looking at her, I'm starting to think that maybe I'll just draw/paint all over the existing white finish with a few Tester's Paint Markers. I have a set of 4: Gold, Silver, White, & Black that would allow me to "doodle" it up as I see fit (leaving out the White one of course). There is a small patch of wood showing on top body curve where the paint got... chunked... off, but so what? Then, I could just cover all the hardware and spray on a clearcoat. Hmmmm..... :rolleyes:
  15. Metalmongrel


    Aug 6, 2020
    Hi Loren,

    I have the exact same Peavey International Milestone II bass (same color too). I bought it new in '95 and have come to love it more and move over time. Even though it's a low-cost model, it's light, fast, and built like a tank. I've beat mine to poopie but still plays and sounds good. I've bought 2 new more expensive basses since then and have passed them along because they feel too bulky when compared to the Peavey. Enjoy!