I have two T-40's one is a little older than the other and a 5 string Dyna bass
Where Obtained: another player
All bone stock bebuilt by peavey in 02
At my skill leavel this plays great preferr nylon wraped heavey strings.
The amp is a kmd it will kick but i don't push it. I preferr swing and shuffels.
Pick one up cheap on ebay, cause the craze is catching up. Soon it'll be impossible to get one. Enjoy!!
Model Year: 1980
Where Obtained: ebay
This is peavey's first attempt at the machine manufactured electric bass. It is probably the earliest model Peavey bass you can buy. They were made from the late 70's until the early 80's. Pick one up, the value on these are starting to rise. They are an interesting vintage bass, which I don't think there is another out there that has its unique sound. The closest sounding to me is a Rickenbacker. If you want a bass that has a mid sounding growl get one!!
The action on them is excellent. The only con is they are heavey at 11.5 pounds. They have peaveys neck tilt adjustment feature which lets you get the best action possible. The controls are a little confusing at first because it has 4 single coil pickups, paired. You have the option of just using 2 single, all 4, or just 2 on one pickup(bridge or neck), 2 seperate tone knobs are what adjust this feature. It even has a phase out switch which cleans up the sound for solos.I admit it is a little confusing at first but a free manual is available for download at www.peavey.com
I used mine with a half stack, and a 300w amp. This baby growls, its has its own 70's fuzz sound when cranked. It sounds like geezer butlers dirty sound on the first black sabbath album!!
This is not a good bass for funk, or slapping, this is a country music , rock n roll bass!
Hell at 11.5 lbs, and its 26 years old, and all origional. Your damn right its tough!!
This replaced my Washburn XB-100, and has done a VERY good job!!! The only reason I gave it a 4 on features is because it weighs 12 pounds.(!) This can be offset with a nice strap though. These beauties are all over and are VERY underrated. I highly reccomend this bass to anyone.
Around $250 is a normal price, but they are worth MUCH more!!!
Where Obtained: Local Music Shop (Conrad's)
US made. Maple neck and fretboard. Swamp ash body. (I think.)
4 stringer. 19 or 20 frets. (Never counted them! :P)
2 volume, 2 tone, phase shifter. 2 passive pickups, both humbuckers. Sunburst finish. P-style body. (I guess.)
String through body.
I've never really set up the action, I just got used to it easily and I like it. The neck's a little wide, but easy to get used to. IMO, it plays well. It has a few nicks and such, but is in very nice shape. You could drop a T-40 over a cliff and it would stay in tune!
I have a small practice amp, but this thing really shines on 100W plus. Nice full sound with the typical T-40 "growl." I play mostly rock and metal, and it seems pretty well suited.
The T-40 is built like a tank. Enough said.
I don't think you could make a better bass. It would be nice if current bass were made this well.
Model Year: 1982
Price: $300.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Eight Street Music, Phila, PA
I just picked this think up after two plus years in the case....still in tune. Rotosounds and the machine heads are solid! There are other reviews with more details, sufice to say this thing is solid! Simple dual pickups, two knobs for volume, two for tone, a three way switch and it just works great giving significant variations in sound and tone.
The T-40 holds up over time and the finish, feel and workmanship is classic.
I pair this bass with a Gallien-Krueger MBS 112 and it is really a great pairing! Better then a Rick or Fender P-bass in my experience.
Every time I break it out, it is straight, the finish great, and electrically it is perfect.
I know lots of people don't care for these basses, but I don't think there's a better deal out there if you like a bottom-heavy sound. You can get them at local music stores for $100.00- 200.00. I would get another if mine were stolen or destroyed and I plan to buy another and yank the frets out so I can have a fretless bass. A fine bass indeed!
Price: $400.00 (new)
Where Obtained: My dad for my 15th birthday 20 years ago.
This bass is, of course, American made with a maple neck and ash body (very heavy). Four strings with 20 frets and a classic P-bass style body make for a good lookin' bass. Passive electronics with two rail humbuckers and a natural finish. It is string through body with a heavy bridge and large paddle tuners. Everything on this bass is stock, no mods have been made.
The action is set just about right for me. The owner's manual can be downloaded in PDF form off of Peavey's web site and is helpful in making adjustments with the built in neck tilt feature. The neck is thin and fast. I actually prefer it to my Samick 5's close string spacing. I have tried many basses and have yet to find one I like better. It is almost flawless except for a little wear on the back and top of the neck.
I use my very old Peavey TKO 80 and currently use no effects. I play gospel, rock, blues and a little jazz with it and it does well with all styles. I especially like the slap tone I get out of it. It's very warm sounding, but with the tone controls I can get variable sounds out of it.
As far as durability goes, let's just say I could defend myself against a charging rhino on Saturday and still play it in church on Sunday.
I would definitely buy another one if this one was lost or stolen. I previously owned a Samick and an inexpensive no-name bass. I chose the T-40 due to its versatile sound. Also, for a passive bass, the sound that you can get from this is monstrous. I would definitely recommend it to someone looking for a good instrument that will last them for a good long time.
Where Obtained: Ebay
I think the features of this bass have been pretty well spelled out previously. What I like most about this bass is the wide range of sounds that are available from it and the sustain that you get from the string-thru body.
The neck is a bit thicker and rounder than other basses that I have plaid. But once you get used to it, it isn't a problem. The adjustments are fairly easy and simple to make. I play mostly gospel, contemporary Christian and blues and I can get a wide variety of tones for each style of music.
As I mentioned before, I think it has a great sound quality. I realize that the types of music that I play don't require anything spectacular but for my use, I love it. I am only learning to slap but it does have a great sound for slap. I primarily run through a Fender Bassman 25 for practice. At church we feed directly into our church sound system and it gives a great sound.
At the end of time there will only be c--- roaches, twinkies and T-40's left on the planet. I don't think you can destroy these things, they're built like a tank. It does get a bit heavy after a lengthy rehearsal or set, but a good strap will help with that. A good set of strap locks are a must. Mine have been on for about 4 years and are holding up well. All controls are original and still work well.
As a beginner, I find my T-40 a very good investment, it sounds great, it is reliable, it is a bit heavy, but like that, I will become stronger ;-)
Where Obtained: Shop as second hand
This bass guitar was made in the USA, all in wood. It has unconventional T-45 pickup.
This bass, is my most playable bass, with D'Addario strings and a bit of Fast-Fret, it becomes easier to make good slides.
I use my T-40 with a Zoom BFX effect processor on a Peavey amp, it sounds great, sometimes, I ask myself if it is an active bass. It has not the original pickups, instead of two, it has only one T-45 speaker, that give it a powerfull sound, sadely, it has only one.
Made in strong wood, I find this bass heavy, but reliable. As I can see, my T-40 was used a lot, before I use it also a lot, and it still has no problems. That is great.
I will probably play this bass for the rest of my life. If something happened to it I would probably rerplace it with another. The only thing I don't like about it is that it is so damn heavy.
Model Year: 1982
Price: $425.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Pulliam Music
US made bass, maple neck, volume x2, tone x2, 3 way pick-up selector switch, phase switch, 2 split-coil humbucking pick-ups. Passive bass with P-bass shape, black finish, and thru body bridge
I perfer mid to high action,so this is a great bass for my style of playing. Slightly thinner neck than P-bass.
I play my T-40 thru a Peavey 210 Combo amp. My current band plays everything from hank sr. to 3 doors down and I use my T-40 for every thing. I can get a varitity of sounds, from piano like to mello gibson sound.
I've considered get another bass just because of the weight, but haven't found one I like enough to send the money.
I have played this bass since 1982 it has never been in the shop. I have only ajusted the truss rod once, after it sat in the case for 1 1/2 years.
I motly chose this one because ever since the fury, i've been kinda stuck on peavey, i've tried a few others, but peavey is my first love. If it were stolen, I'd go soul hunting.. but would definetly buy another. The only way it could be better is if It was newer, and the previous owner hadn't broken it.. ha ha. My favorite aspect would be the growling sound with both pickups on. just a good overall sound
Where Obtained: e-bay
Dual humbucking pickups, string through construction, compared to my Fury, this thing growls, quite a few knobs and switches to keep me busy, tone and volume for both pickups, as well as a spiffy switch to have neck, rear, or both pickups goin at once. black finish, black pickguard, a bit beatup, but hey, it's a peavey, it's supposed to be that way ;), Mine has a steel nut ta boot.
Like I said, the thing growls, probably the string through, though the fret board is a bit wider than I'm used to. Still working on adjusting the action, but that's not the bass's fault, that's the previous owner. Have to give it a 4 though for the wider fret board
Growl growl growl, nice dark sound, I run it through a rogue 200 watt amp, and a 15 inch cab, no effects as of yet, but the thing just sounds unhappy to exsist, more like a chained monster than a bass... and hey, I like that growling crunchy sound :)
It's a peavey, weighs more than my truck, has more dents and still plays great!
I'm sure you can guess it but I really can't complain. I think it's a great bass. I think beginners and even pros can benefit with thing. I will say that it's a little on the heavy side though (compared with other basses) but that doesn't bother me since I'm a big boy =). I feel that the tone is by far the best thing on this instrument, assuming you like a nice fat tone. I'll be honest and say that sometimes when played a certain way it almost resembles the sound of an upright. Great tone, well built, and also wallet friendly. Just keep an eye out for em. You can easily pick one up for around $200 in some pawn shops and music stores. Funny thing is I hardly ever mess with the switches, I leave it in the same position the whole time and love it! Great bass, go check it out!
Where Obtained: my father as a gift
I honestly don't know much about it as far as woods and the neck but I do know it has dual coiled humbuckers (at bridge and the neck), 1 2-way switch, 1 3-way switch, and 4 knobs. With those switches and knobs you can get a nice variety of tones out of it. Mine is the one with the natural wood looking finish. And lets just say you can tell it's a "used" bass since it's got some nicks in the finish as well as on the pickup covers. But hey, nicks and scratches add character =)
I feel this is an excellent bass and it plays extremely well.
I run this bass with my SWR Workingman's 15. I love the sound from this thing...the humbckers really help with that. It is a passive bass so it doesn't have that newer sound I guess you can say. But if you like a nice fat bottom and incredible tone and sustain then this is the bass for you.
Haven't had any major problems with it...well with the exception of losing one of the nuts and washers on one of the switches and losing a pickup screw. Of course that's sometimes what you get with used instruments. But I got those things taken care of. Never had any problems with the neck, bridge, pickups, and electronics and I'd say I've had this bass for about 6 years. Screws and things like that can easily be replaced so I'm still giving it a 5.