Peavey's First

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Manufacturer:
Peavey

Model:
T-40

Price Paid:
$400.00

Where Purchased?:
Music Store

New or Used:
New

Sound:
4 - Good

Features:
5 - Great

Durability:
5 - Great

Overall Rating:
4 - Good

Comments:
This bass was purchased in 1983. At that time it was brand new and a great deal even then. This was Peavey's first take on an electric bass and I think they did pretty well.
This bass is loaded with tone options and ususual, but versatile switching options. It has two toggles and four knobs. Well have a look at the toggles first.
The large toggle is for pickup selection, but the small toggle is the most notable feature of this bass--it is a phase switch. With both pickups selected the phase switch can be engaged which results in a thin, almost guitar-like tone. While the point of this feature is not clear, I have found a couple of uses for it.
The bass has two rail-style humbucking pickups. Pre-1983 models do not have this. The rails were added to increase treble response, according to designer, Chip Todd. The most interesting aspect of this bass is yet to come.
The humbuckers can also be switched to single-coil operation. No big deal, right? I agree, lots of basses have this feature. The interesting part is how it is done. The tone knobs are wired in such a way that the tone positions 1-6 operate the pickups in humbucker mode and 7-10 operate in single-coil mode. With this, one can simulate the many pickup configurations available on the market today.
Otherwise, this bass is built like a tank. The bridge is HUGE compared to most basses. This, combined with a maple neck, huge headstock, and a Northern Ash (baseball bat) body, result in some great sustain and a nice, warm tone with a bit of treble edge. By the way, the pickups in this thing are HOT--lots of output.
The bottom line on this bass is that now, you can get them off eBay for around $200.00US. Sometimes less, sometimes more, but the prices are averaging in the $200 range. I think that is a great buy for the stuff this bass provides.
If you can deal with the weight, get one of these. I highly recommend it. I've had mine for almost 23 years and it is still almost like new.
Bo

Hyperlink:
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Hey Bo,Yeah, these were

Hey Bo,

Yeah, these were great basses, and built to last for centuries! The finish on the body is nearly bullet-proof.

About as heavy as my "Mutt", but you gotta have mass for nearly infinite sustain! Dealing with the weight is pretty easy, as long as you have a wide, padded strap, and I'm no spring chicken!

A great bass, especially for the money. I think people should buy 'em, before they become collectible. Trust me, I've seen stranger things happen. Back in the '70s, people were looking for "Pre-CBS" Fenders. Nowadays, people brag about their vintage '72 P-Basses, and if you asked them about "Pre-CBS", many of them would probably respond with a blank look. Even more amazing to me, is that those cheesy old Danelectros nobody wanted back then are now collectible. If they can become collectible, why not the much higher quality T-40?

Kelly
There is no substitute for proper technique!

There is no substitute for proper technique!

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Right on...

Yeah, man. I used to know this funk cat who played the hell out of a T-40. It wasn't a hip bass or anything, and it was heavy as a load of bricks. But he could wail on it. And he swore by it--wouldn't play anything else. Didn't care for anything fancier. And, if things got ugly in the club, what would you rather have at the ready? You could beat someone to a pulp with a T-40 and I bet it wouldn't even knock it out of tune. :)

[Disclaimer: I'm not saying anyone should beat the hell out of anyone with a bass. I'm just saying, if you found yourself in a situation where you had no other choice...]

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Well, you know, I have my Spector that I rewired and I love the tone and the light weight. That T is my first love, though. I still pick it up from time to time and go off on it. It cuts through the mix well and is easy playing.

Bo


Low B, or not low B? That is the question!

Bo


You don't love me, you just love my FINGERSTYLE!
Peavey T40; SX/Squier P-bass; Spector Legend 5
Roland Bass 30 Cube

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I wouldn't mind a nice, high-dollar bass, but you probably know (I mention it often enough) that my main bass is an 80s MIJ Fender Jazz Bass Special. You can probably pick one of those up for $300 or less on eBay (voila) but I wouldn't trade mine for anything. I absolutely love it. It plays like butter. It sounds great. I've been playing that bass since 1985! I might get a boutique bass to go along with it someday. But I'll never replace it.

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Chip Todd

Chip Todd, the designer of the guitar and bass T's used to do a backside routing job on T-40s to help lighten them up a bit. I had considered getting it done, but since he stopped building and doing mods about six weeks ago to pursue other projects, I'll need to get to the gym more often to make my T seem lighter. LOL!!

Bo


Low B, or not low B? That is the question!

Bo


You don't love me, you just love my FINGERSTYLE!
Peavey T40; SX/Squier P-bass; Spector Legend 5
Roland Bass 30 Cube

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$550

I haven't looked at them on eBay lately, but I know a cat over on the T forum who sold his on the 'Bay for $550! That blew my mind. They are moving up in the world a little. Like I said, the T40 and sister guitar, the T60 were priced at about $400 each when new back in the day.

Some of them are now going for that and more, but its not an epidemic. Honestly, for the tone these monsters have and the way they're built, I hope they never go through the roof. They're just too good of a deal for budding bassists and pros alike. I'll never get rid of mine. We've been down many a hard road together. That was the first bass my father got me, so a little of him is in that monster.

Bo


Low B, or not low B? That is the question!

Bo


You don't love me, you just love my FINGERSTYLE!
Peavey T40; SX/Squier P-bass; Spector Legend 5
Roland Bass 30 Cube

T40 / T60

My first electric guitar was a T60 and I still have it. It appears to be a carbon copy of the T40 bass [I haven't actually seen one in the flesh] but the knobs all work as described above, and it looks precisely the same except it has two more strings of course. I'd agree with the weight and strength comments. It is a great guitar even by todays standards. I'd love to get my hands on a T40 to keep the old T60 company.

dags

dags

peavey t-40

Just a stupid question. There was a reference made to a T forum. Just wondering where I find it. Thanx , Swami John, proud T-40 owner, (a really cool white one!)

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PeaveyT60.com.

It is mainly a T60 forum, but a lot of T40 folks hang out over there.

Bo


You don't love me, you just love my FINGERSTYLE!
Peavey T40; SX/Squier P-bass; Spector Legend 5
Roland Bass 30 Cube

Bo


You don't love me, you just love my FINGERSTYLE!
Peavey T40; SX/Squier P-bass; Spector Legend 5
Roland Bass 30 Cube

always loved....

the t40 bass.....been keeping my eye out for the deal of a lifetime on one.......but i do think peaveys first bass was a T20

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Could be, but the T20's have

Could be, but the T20's have the Ferrite pickup in them, which I'm pretty sure was a next generation pickup that was in Foundations and a few basses that were in production after the T40/45 line was discontinued. Any info you can find is appreciated.

Actually, I'll go over to the T60 forum and ask Chip Todd. He designed and helped produce the T-series. He'll know.

Bo


You don't love me, you just love my FINGERSTYLE!
Peavey T40; SX/Squier P-bass; Spector Legend 5
Roland Bass 30 Cube

Bo


You don't love me, you just love my FINGERSTYLE!
Peavey T40; SX/Squier P-bass; Spector Legend 5
Roland Bass 30 Cube

maybe so

i am not positive about my peavey history.... but would be very interested to know....

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I got in touch with Chip.

I got in touch with Chip. He confirmed it. The T40 predates the T20 by four years.

Bo


You don't love me, you just love my FINGERSTYLE!
Peavey T40; SX/Squier P-bass; Spector Legend 5
Roland Bass 30 Cube

Bo


You don't love me, you just love my FINGERSTYLE!
Peavey T40; SX/Squier P-bass; Spector Legend 5
Roland Bass 30 Cube

cool.....

glad to know it.....never did care much for the T20 anyway.....but now one day i willl get me a T40..always loved those basses

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Greg
Http://www.myspace.com/kybassmaniac
Http://www.upthecreekstudios.com

*and it harm none,do what thou will*

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I want a T45 too. Single

I want a T45 too. Single pickup version of the T40. There was a beautiful white one on eBay not too long ago. I'd also like to find a fretless T40 witha rosewood fingerboard. Very hard to find.

Bo


You don't love me, you just love my FINGERSTYLE!
Peavey T40; SX/Squier P-bass; Spector Legend 5
Roland Bass 30 Cube

Bo


You don't love me, you just love my FINGERSTYLE!
Peavey T40; SX/Squier P-bass; Spector Legend 5
Roland Bass 30 Cube