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Too rare to mod?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dBChad, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Too rare, leave it stock

    40 vote(s)
  2. Sounds pretty cool, go for it (and post pics)

    48 vote(s)
  3. Carrots

    24 vote(s)
  1. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    If it was shoddy quality, then a previous owner must have damaged it. I've owned several T-40's, and the build quality in every one was first rate.
  2. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    That's why I said "if". I don't buy that the bottom is going to fall out of the vintage market either.

    But those numbers aren't as arbitrary as you think. "If" the bottom falls out of the market, it's not a stretch to say prices will revert to what they were 20 years ago. $250 for a T-40 and $1,200 for a '74 Jazz is about where prices were in 1999.
  3. callofcthulhu


    Oct 16, 2012
    Everyone born between 1950 and 1990 grew up fetishizing the guitar. Their experiences, their memories, and the legends that fall somewhere in between, combined with the disposable income that comes with a mature career, and then retirement, is the alchemy that has produced the $30,000 pre-cbs fender.

    People born after 1990 grew up fetishizing the laptop DJ, or the solo singer/rapper, if they bothered to be aware of music as anything other than a commodity at all, and they’ll be paying off their student loans until they’re retired.

    You do the math.
  4. CyberSnyder

    CyberSnyder Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    I Endorse Alien Audio Basses
    Guitar sales continue to be strong. You're also forgetting that there is a ton of foreign new wealth coming into play. Vintage Fenders sell quickly.
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  5. Samatza


    Apr 15, 2019
    Once you own the bass you can modify to your taste all you like. I'm not that fussy about looks or fingerboard material so I'd leave it as is, they're a good player bass and that's enough for me, YMMV.
  6. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    In my experience, things are "rare" for 3 reasons:
    1. They made a lot of them, but; that was a long time ago, and what with war, famine, and the passage of time, not many are left;
    2. They didn't make many to begin with (like, say, Duesenbergs) because they were catering to a small, wealthy clientele; or
    3. They made them to sell to the masses, but... the masses said "Eeww; no way", and most of them disappeared into a dumpster...
    So, the question you need to ask is; which category does this Peavey fit into? If it's in Category #1 or #2? Maybe you should just play it; take care of it; and leave it as it is. If it's in Category #3? Knock yourself out, Brother. Most people don't want it now, anyway; and there's a good chance most people won't want it later on, either...:whistle: But, seriously; at the end of the day, it's yours (or, it will be) to do with as you wish, regardless...:thumbsup:
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  7. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    If you have to ask...
  8. LBS-bass

    LBS-bass Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2017
    I was thinking, well, it's a Peavey so maybe it doesn't matter, but then I looked it up and it does have some decent used value. So I'd really think heavily about that. I don't know what's available for this in terms of necks you might swap out but that would probably be a better option if you could find something.
  9. Tekkers


    Dec 16, 2018
    Do it. Instruments are tools to be used.
    As long as you don’t physically wreck it in the process, any modification you make that enhances your use or enjoyment of it is an improvement.
  10. dBChad


    Aug 17, 2018
    Daytona Beach, FL
    Yeah, this one isn't a BXP! One of my favorite things about Peavey is that they are undervalued for what they are. As a musician looking for giggable instruments, this means I get a great bass for a small investment.

    My expectations are realistic: I don't expect this to ever be worth what a Pre-CBS Fender, Fodera, Pedulla, or Modulus might sell for (as of right now, I plan on playing it for many years), but Peavey does have a few small premium runs that hold (sometimes even grow if only by a small margin) their value.
  11. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    Maybe it will sound better.....:rolleyes:
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  12. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    It's neck-through, so a neck swap is not an option.
  13. I say go for it. What's the worst that can happen?

    Whatever the outcome (great,meh, total disaster) you'll have a learning experience, and never have to pose the question again.

  14. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    Sorry, no.

    It was Japanese collectors who raided the vintage market in the mid-to-early 90s both in the U.S. and Europe, sending the prices up through the roof. The recession of 2008 took some steam out of the whole thing, but most of the mere mortals lost access to vintage gear for that reason alone. What we're dealing with nowadays are mostly scraps, sorry to say. Not that are no wonderful barn finds still out there, but I wouldn't count on them if I were shopping for a '56 Black Beauty.

    As for the Peavey in OP, I'd leave it "as-is" and try getting used to it. If I couldn't do that, then sell it and move on to one that would entice me more.
  15. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    The worst that could happen (read: the thing that almost certainly will happen) is that the OP takes a perfectly functional $600 bass and destroys it by making it unplayable. 600 clams is a lot of money. To me, anyway.
    ajkula66 likes this.
  16. Of course, but the OP already knows the risks and the inevitable $$ loss he'll incur. It's his money and time, and he wants what he wants.

    Besides, once the reality of the scope of the project (not to mention the costs) sinks in, I'll be surprised if he moves forward with it. Either way, the important thing is that he has fun, no? Cheers.
    smcd likes this.
  17. tonybassman


    Jul 27, 2011
    I feel USA made Peaveys are just as good (if not better) as Fenders. A lot of that stupid expensive price is in the eye of the beholder, no other reason.

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