Which Peavey bass should I get?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fonkthumb, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. Fonkthumb


    Feb 25, 2011
    Greetings and salutation! Fellow bass players.
    I'm a bass geezer from Sweden,Scandinavia visiting your forum.
    Let me start off with a grand Thank you!
    Its a great forum you have here with lots of valuable knowledge about the low end.
    I've recently bought myself a made in the USA tube amp.
    A Peavey VB-2. Love it. Massive and punchy.
    One of the better tube amps ever built. In my humble opinion.
    I'm 50 and been playing bass all my life.
    Tried most amps out there.
    A P-bass and a VB-2 thru a Abm 410. Sounds ok to my ears.
    Sometimes I bring an extra 115 Abm when needed.
    Now to my question. Due to my respect to this tube amp I was thinking that maybe Peavey basses could be as good as this amp.
    Are there good Peavey basses out there? And if so,wich ones should I look for?
    I'm currently playing American Fender P-basses and Guild basses.

    Best regards. Fonkthumb.
  2. I had a Peavey Cirrus BXP & it was pretty good - so the US-built one ought to great.


  3. Fonkthumb


    Feb 25, 2011
    I was thinking of buying a used one or get a new one for a "good" price.
    Not planning on spending a great amount. 500-1000 $.
  4. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Just about any Made in America Peavey bass is going to be excellent quality. Unfortunately, Peavey doesn't make basses in America any more. But, fortunately, there are plenty of excellent ones available on the used market.

    Their top of the line MIA basses that they made are:

    B Quad - graphite neck, made by Modulus, VFL pickups + piezo pickups in the bridge. 4 stringers typically go for $800 - 1200. Hard to find, though.

    Cirrus - neckthru construction, VFL pickups, 4, 5, or 6 strings. Excellent quality. Generally, as good as boutique basses that retail for $2000 and up. Typically go for $800 - 1200. Not hard to find.

    Millennium - bolt-on neck. Excellent quality. As good as a Cirrus, I think, but less expensive. J/MM, J/J, or P/J pickup config. J/MM is most common (and my preferred). J/MM and J/J are active. P/J is passive and only availabe as a 4 string. Others are 4 or 5 strings. J/MM models go for $400 - 700 and aren't that hard to find. P/J models are very hard to find.

    TL-Five, TL-Six - neckthru, 5 or 6 string. Precursor to the Cirrus. Excellent quality, just older. These generally go for $500 - 650.

    Rudy Sarzo Bass - neckthru 4 string. Essentially, 4 string version of TL-Five.

    After these, there are a raft of MIA options that are also very good. G Bass and G V. Dyna Bass. Foundation. Palaedium. Axcelerator. Fury.

    The MIA Peavey Fury is Peavey's version of a P bass. It has a slender, J bass style neck, with a body similar to a Fender P and a P-type split-coil pickup. Passive only. They are excellent quality and pretty easy to find in good to excellent condition for $200 or less.
  5. Fonkthumb


    Feb 25, 2011
    Thanks Stu!
    I'll try to find some used Peavey basses here in Sweden.
    Theres a couple of used Peavey basses available as we speak.
    A Zodiac BXP P/j bass. A Foundation 2000. A Millennium Plus. A fretless Foundation 2000.
    An older red Foundation. And..two Peavey T-60 guitars. One Sunburst and one natural.
    All at very good prices. I'll look into this. Maybe the fretless Foundation 2000.
  6. BoomBoomOGTL

    BoomBoomOGTL Supporting Member

    Jul 19, 2012
    York SC
    Of those basses you listed available in Sweden, I'd go for the Millennium + in a heartbeat. Happy hunting.
  7. Fonkthumb


    Feb 25, 2011
    Yeah. The Millennium Plus seems like a very good bass.
    Active electronics with some kind of Music Man humbucker and a singelcoil.
  8. Love my Cirrus, er, Cirrusses, um, Cirri.
  9. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Yes, that is the J/MM config. It is an awesome bass. Of the ones you mentioned, that is definitely the one I would try to get first.

    Also, just FYI, any Peavey with BXP in the name is one of their Made in Asia basses. As far as I know, those are good quality too. But, their best stuff is their Made in America stuff.
  10. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Any of those Foundations should be really nice, too. Especially if you can find one with the Peavey Super Ferrite pickups. I kind of think none of the 2000 models had SFs, though.
  11. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    I really like the Foundation S, with passive P/J pickup config, too.
  12. Fonkthumb


    Feb 25, 2011
    Well. I guess action speaks louder than words.
    Peavey Foundation 1984 in the hands of a true master.
    You sure seem to know what you're talking about,StuartV.
    Great sounding basses!

  13. ilovenofrets

    ilovenofrets Bassist for TRIPL3 THR3AT Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 2010
    I own two Foundations. One is a first year model(1983), and the other is a '90s fretless. Love them both! Also just purcahsed a 1981 T-40. Killer bass! Also own a 1983 Mystic guitar, best guitar I've ever played! Owned a Fury with a single Super Ferite pickup many years back, wish I still had it. You definitely cannot go wrong with Peavey instruments, especially the older ones. The quality of craftsmanship and attention to detail was consistently top notch, and they can be had for killer prices.
  14. Scott in Dallas

    Scott in Dallas Commercial User

    Aug 16, 2005
    Dallas, north Texas
    Builder and Owner: DJ Ash Guitars
    I have one of those, and it plays as well as just about anything I've ever touched. I put a set of Dimarzios in it and the tone now matches the feel.
  15. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    How funny is it that that guy is wearing a Fender t-shirt?! LOL!
  16. gard0300


    Jan 10, 2011
    Vandalia, Ohio
    +1 For US Millennium. Great basses!!
  17. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Flossin'? I thought your name was Munson!

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    I've been happy with pretty much every US-made Peavey bass I've owned, but fell in love with the GV and Millennium. GV's are hard to find, but if you like graphite necks, it's worth searching for one. Mill's are just great feeling and sounding basses. If you're into the P-bass vibe, I'd suggest either a Fury or an old Patriot. I just got a Pat not long ago, and that old Super Ferrite pickup sounds so good!

    To be honest, I could probably pick up any US-made Peavey, set it up, and play it forever.
  18. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    Me three.
  19. Jeb


    Jul 22, 2001
    I just picked up a craiglist score '86 Patriot down the street for $150 with the original bullet case! Just moments ago. Good grief its a NICE bass! My second Patriot but this one is *crazy* light, the other one is almost 10lbs. Sounds like a nasty, honkin' rock bass with that super ferrite pup. Those old US made Peaveys are just steals nowdays. How long will that last?
  20. The USA Millenniums are some of the best basses out there, bar none.