Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Peavey T-40. An All American Classic.

Peavey T-40. Made in USA.

One of my all time favourites, something a little different.

The pics are for one that I no longer have and were taken for the guy who
now has it.
I sold this one after owning it for just over a year, to fund the Red one.

This is the one that I have used in the title page.
I have another Natural with Blades, that is slightly later, which I will put up
at another time but as this one was such a beauty, I thought I would share
this one first.
Here are some details on the T Series.

I do remember these very well, in the late 70's but there weren't many around
and almost all were Natural finish.
The guitars were more common but rarely seen, as the big G and F were
still the ones to have, along with the higher end quality of the Japanese makers.
The T-40, like the T-60, had some unusual features.
The powerful humbuckers can be turned into single coil, with what would
normally be the tone control.
On 10 it is pure single coil and as it is backed off, it starts to feed in the other
coil, fattening up the sound.
This can be done on both pickups, to any degree.
So, you can alter the sound and tone a great deal.
On top of that there is an in/out phase switch, which if used with the volume
equal gives a very empty sound (not much use at all) but if you feed in one more
than the other coils, the permutations are endless.

Various comparisons have been made to a Ric sound, once you have twiddled
the controls to your liking. In reality, there are a lot of sounds it will produce.
The bodies are North American Ash, which are either in five parts or the more
rare three part body. I am not entirely sure why there is a difference.
Most of the early ones were Natural, with many other colour options.
Over the years, there were Dark Sunburst, Black, White, Red, Plum, Red,
Tobacco and like an Orange Sunburst.

They are not light and a lot of players that are used to something lighter may
pass them over but it is not that bad - I have had other basses that are heavier.
What you do get is a great, solid sound.
The necks are a two piece maple, that are joined either side of the truss rod
- a feature to make the neck more stable.
Rosewood was an option but is far less common than the standard maple neck.
The neck is definitely not like a Jazz but I have always found them very
comfortable and easy to get on with.

They are a great looking bass, something different from the norm - many times
I have had players come up to me at a gig and ask for a closer look.
At least a couple of them I know of were hooked and now have there own.

Conclusion - Good looking, great sounding bass, that is very easy to get on with.
Comfortable and balanced on a strap, just right sitting down.
You will not see many of these around and as a bass player, you will definitely
have someone to talk to about it halfway through the gig.

I love 'em.

More Peavey T-40 pics to follow. :)

If you have enjoyed this post - click on the link below.
I am doing a big feature on the T-40 and T-60, with the help
of Chip Todd, himself!!

The Peavey T-40 & T-60 Story. 


Margie cline said...

I love my t-40.It looks just like the one you have here.Mine has more of a water looking grain on wood it.I was looking for about what there worth. Thanks for sharing that bass. I've never seen one like mine before any where.Now I have. Thanks again a girl bass player.

Flat Eric said...

Margie, Hi. Great to hear from you.
T-40's are on the "Beefy Side" but I know of several "lady" players who just love their "Forty"
With regards to it's worth - to you, if you love it - priceless! :)
I am in "Middle England", so costs are different over here. Not sure where you are but in the USA $250.00 to over $500.00, these days.
Cheers. :)