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Re: Peavey T40
5/9/2009 8:47 AM
WILLIAM HULSEY (25119) wrote:
Actually they stopped making them about 1984-85. Ebay almost always has one or two for sell. Where did your find the clips on Youtube. I simply must see it.
Found this info on Talkbass. This is the best info I've found on T40's ever.
T-40 info: Alot of folks seem to be asking about T-40 these days. I love T-40's and so I'm compiling this. T-40 owners let me know if you think of anything that should be added.
Everything you wanted to know about the T-40 bass:
Tone-Very Versatile, but still has a tone all it's own. Can achieve one of the best pseudo-ric tones of any non rickenbacker instrument.
Bodies-VERY heavy ash or Alder bodies, usually made of at least 4 pieces of wood. Early natural finish bodies have a thin satin finish that is much easier to wear and dent than later solid and sunburst models.
Pickups-Early models '77-'82or'83 had covered blade humbucking pickups. Later models had the blades exposed. There is some debate as to whether or not this makes for a "warmer sound" having the blades covered. Likely its more dependent on pickup hight.
Construction- Made in the USA, T-40's tend to be very consistent, well built basses. First bass ever made on CNC routing machines. Changed the way basses were made.
Neck- Gloss finished "biaminate" maple neck (two pieces of opposing grain maple) is very stable, but sometimes not particularly attractive. No separate fingerboard on maple board models. Some necks have a rosewood fingerboard. T-40's have a neck tilt feature similar to 70's fenders, but with 4 bolt necks. String width and neck profile is comparable to a chunky Precision bass.
Nut-Has a metal nut
Hardware -Sturdy, sometimes oversized chrome hardware. bridge has a sustain block and through body stringing only. Tuners are similar to Grover Titan's. Knobs, bridge and neck plate have "Peavey" or the Peavey "P" embosed over a black background.
Controls- Two switches, a three way selector switch and "mystery" phase switch. Four knobs, volume and tone for each pickup.
Single coil options-Tone knob switches from humbucker to single coil at the "7" position.
Mystery Switch-Second "mystery" switch is an in-phase/out-of-phase switch that only works when both pickups are on. Brings a nasally honking sound to the bass.
History- Designed by Chip Todd, manufactured from 1977-1987. The T-40 and it's guitar counterpart the t-60 were the first guitars manufactured by Peavey.
Dating- Peavey has a forum where you can post your serial# and get the year of manufacture in a couple of days.
Going rate- Last time I did an ebay completed auctions search (march 2007), they were averaging between 250 and 350 (with a few cheaper and more expensive) depending on condition, case, etc.
Related instruments- The t-40 the bass counterpart to the T-60 guitar. A single pickup version of the T-40 was also manufactured, called the T-45. The T-45 is similar, but lacks a pickguard and phase switch, and has a passive "special mid-
frequency rollof control"
Truss rod adjustment- requires a hex wrench that can still be purchased from peavey.
Owners Manual- available for download here: http://www.peaveyt60.com/images/Peavey%20T-60.pdf
Wiring diagram - http://www.peaveyt60.com/mods&hotrodding.htm
Modifications - T-40 is one of the few basses that Darkstar pickups can be fitted to without any additional routing. Some owners have experimented with various means of lightening the bodies.
Case- T-40's came with a fitted plastic hardshell case. Some early examples may or may not have come with a very heavy tolex case, or a plastic case similar to the Fender style.
Promotional materiels- All the T-60 materiel here are also features the T-40. http://www.peaveyt60.com/t-60_brochures.htm
Websites: http://www.peaveyt60.com/t-60_articles.htm has schmatics (same as T-60) info about chip todd, and early Peavey instruments, and some informative articles. Also, check the Peavey website for owners manual and related information on their forums.