What is the Peavey Axcelerator like?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by NickInMesa, Jul 19, 2009.

  1. It's a very good bass and that's a steal. Jump on it NOW!
  2. Ok. I am being trusting this time again.

    Last time I posted a CL ad link for a bass I liked, some TB douche called and made the deal while I was making arrangements to meet the guy half way, offering more and paying for shipping.
  3. Thundar

    Thundar Supporting Member

    Yeah you need to jump on that...I had the 5 string version years ago, and it was a great bass....versatile tone, great pickups, and Peavey's slim jazzy neck...good price
  4. Stevem627


    Nov 30, 2005
    Corinth, TX
    I have an Axcelerator Plus that I really like. Jazz neck width with a thin profolile--a lot thinner than the Foundation, but the same basic width. Nice preamp, but mine eat batteries -- some sort of drain in it, but I really like it. The Plus has a swamp ash body...hard to find but $275 is ALL the money for this I paid around $200 for mine.
  5. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    It's a great bass. The price is fair, not too high, not too low. I love my six string Axcelerator to death; I paid $400 a couple years ago.


    Apr 30, 2008
    austin tx.
    I bought a 6 string ax last year for the same price. Nice bass. Bstring is a little floppy but you won't have to worry about that!
  7. I sold the one I had because the neck was even thinner than the Jazz bass I have. I bought it to do a Dark Star conversion but the skinny neck was a deal breaker. Other than that it was a nice bass.
  8. Hiya Nick,

    Hope you grabbed that Axelerator, they are some of the best bolt on types they made. I have a 5 stringer. Mine is 35" scale, not sure if the 4's were as well.

    They are also cut out under the pick guard to change the resonance for a brighter lively sound. (I didn't care too much for active sound so I had Lane Poor wind me a set of over-wound passive MM types.)

    Word of caution, the paint seems easier to chip than most Peavey's, at least compared to my Fury. Also, mine has a Wilkinson extruded bridge, not sure if the 4's had that as well, the one on CL looks different, might not be original but I'm not 100% on that.

  9. rimtism123


    Mar 25, 2009
    Birmingham, AL
    looks pretty fierce!

    definitely try to test it out first though.
  10. If you're ever reselling it, has lower market visibility than a Fury, T40, Foundation, Dyna etc.

    I'd guess it's a $200 bass.

    Phoenix Craigslist - I feel for you in the Phoenix area.. you have the least trust worthy Craigslisters I've ever met - had 3 deals (last week -- no haggling multiple emails.. phone calls- cash - time and place picked out).. had 2 sellers sell from beneath me .. third didn't show.

  11. Looking at the basses..

    I'd be thinking a Dyna (you can also get these with VFLs and a preamp- or other upper end basses.. for about $100 more you can find the pristine custom shop models.

    I've seen some sarzos going for less than $500 recentlyl
  12. Tim, this one has a case and he said he was not ready to talk the price down yet, as he just posted it.

    Again, I am more interested in a Cirrus 5er these days, but a nice active Peavey...
  13. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    That bass won't last long. The Axcelerators are few and far between, and people like me know how fantastic they are. I am always on the lookout for another to match my 6. The bass has active pickups and a very good active circuit, it's an 18V system and the battey lasts forever. The only thing I don't like about the Axceleartors is that some of them have the wonky Wilkinson bridge. I don't like the ABM bridge on my 6 though it is a very high quality item. It looks like the one in your post has the more conventional high-mass P style bridge, that makes it even more desirable in my opinion. This is better than a Dyna-Bass IMO - the tone on my 6 string with those VFL pickups absolutely KILLS.

    If it were me I would not hesitate. IME the Axcelerators are easily on par quality wise with the Dyna, TL, Cirrus, and Millenium lines. They were the top end of Peavey USA bass production for the years they were produced, and as a long time Peavey bass fan, that's saying a LOT.

    I believe the Axcelerator is the time when Peavey went to standard 35" scale basses in the USA lines, all string options. I may be incorrect here, and there are a few aberrations like my 34" Millenium STD, but I think that's a 35" scale bass. Something to be aware of.

    The paint on my 6 string also has some chip spots - seems to be easier to chip than my other Peaveys, past and present. Looks great, though.
  14. I barely played bass in the last 2 years, following my divorce and a certain epic incident with my ex-SIL (old thread, look it up).

    I decided to play again and have been practicing solid for a week now, it is coming back quickly.

    I did not play this particular bass in 2 1/2 years, it slept in its crate all that time. When I picked it out, it was still in tune, slightly flat, but still in tune.

    Amazing bass, the action was set up by MNAirHead (Tim) and it is an awesome player.
  15. Steve Dallman

    Steve Dallman Supporting Member

    I bought a 5 string, brand new in 1996. Paint easy to chip? I left it out at church all the time for years, and even today, it only sees a case (actually, a gig bag) on the way to a gig.

    There's not one scratch or chip on it. It's the hardest finish I've seen on an instrument. The pearl pickguard is quite yellowed.

    It's been a great bass. For years I thought it would be my last bass. These days I play a Variax 5 and rarely play the PV, but I won't sell it.

    My B string, while taught enough, is a bit weak. The pickups should have been the wider ones used on the 6 string, as PV's modern basses with VFL pickups have. No amount of adjusting the pickups help. But I just hit the B string a little harder to compensate.

    But I love the neck, the action, the tone (I did some modifications to the electronics, adding an EMG mid boost to the bridge pickup and an EMG bass and treble booster to the neck pickup, while retaining the stock bass and treble overall. Very, very versatile. It still looks great to me as well. Great sustain and resonance. What's not to love?