Tired of P bass and Jazz bass type guitars

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gary mitchell, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. I want to try something new, I am burn out on Fender and P and Jazz type guitars. I have just a little money and I am thinking about taking a nice Peavey T40 which is missing the pickups. I want to replace them with 2 Gibson neck pickups out of a SG bass maybe. Also put a set of flat wounds on it and I will play it using, a MarkBass Jeff Berlin combo. I also have a extra 15in Black Widow cab I use sometimes Before I spend any money which again i am on a fix income what you guys think of this idea. I just don't want to sound like everyone else. Want my own sound. Am I crazy.
  2. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    Yes. But that's a good thing. Have fun!!
  3. snyderz

    snyderz Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    Build it. Take pictures. Post.
  4. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Pacifica CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    Whatever it takes to inspire - and then follow through.

    But...FTR - the bass will not determine you not sounding like everyone else.

    Have fun. (Luthiers Corner peeps are always open to such projects)
  5. Daedraziel


    Aug 19, 2013
    Toms River NJ
    I'm sure building something like that would be fun, and unique. Ill admit im curious. Have you considered one of the many soapbar pup basses out there instead of dumping cash into a t40?
  6. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Any particular reason you don't want to put T-40 pups back in there?
    They really are geat pups and usually not too hard to find.
  7. Geri O

    Geri O

    Sep 6, 2013
    Florence, MS
    Really? The T-40 bass hasn't been around for quite a while, i didn't know there was any interest in them at all, let alone parts.

    I had one around '79 and '80 and I remember it being a really "neat" bass with certainly a different sound. If you can find the T-40 pick-ups, I'd go that route. Plus, if you want to pursue that idea, I have very good friends at Peavey (80 miles east of me) that might be of some help locating them. PM me, if so.

    I also remember the T-40 being quite heavy, which didn't bother me much. I think I sold it later on, along with the amp I had at the time to get an Ampeg SVT rig.

    Geri O
  8. Ponsonby Britt

    Ponsonby Britt You don't rock a Thunderbird, it rocks you. Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    The "40" in T-40 refers to its weight in pounds, just so you know. :)
  9. Ponsonby Britt

    Ponsonby Britt You don't rock a Thunderbird, it rocks you. Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2013
    You could check out the Sterling Ray4 or 5; they're impressive.
  10. I already have the T-40, but its been strip of the pickups, weight isn't a problem. I am also a guitar player in my church and I play a Les Paul, which I prefer Les Paul guitars. I know where I can get T-40 pickups cheap. just wanted something off the wall different. I learn to play bass on a friend's T-40. I have even thought of making some pickup rings, and using some Ric type pickups. Or two Dimarzio Model One's. but thanks for the suggestions I will take all I can get. I am not going to start on it until the middle of January. That will give me time to get things together I hope. this is what I am playing now.

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  11. I guess know one likes my picture. It is a cool bass just bored with it and its just not my sound. I traded a P bass for it for the same reason. It's just to cool to cut up for different pickups.
  12. jgroh

    jgroh Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Thats a great looking J, I like it.
  13. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2009
    Happy Valley, PA
    What about a Gibson Les Paul bass? They use Thunderbird pickups but withe a toggle and vvtt config, you can get a lot more variety out of it.
  14. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    There is nothing more fun than building and playing your very own Frankensteined bass.
  15. randyripoff


    Jul 12, 2008
    Here's a thought: if you really want something unique, why not build your own pickups?
  16. I would like to latch on to a real Gibson SG bass, but never played the LP bass.