Peavey G-Bass [ Graphite and Basswood ] Reviews
About $480 from Only Guitar Shop [yeah, yet
*another* OGS!] and also from Daddy's Junky
Music Store at $500. The usual markdown price is about $700 and I wanted to defret mine but not until I had found a back-up to
keep fretted. At $500 a Peavey molded case was included. Before I had ever acquired a
Steinberger, I still wanted a Graphite neck
bass due to our wide climate range and also
that I like to leave an ax in my vehicle.
It's a 35" 4-string and with flatwounds it has attack and decay rather upright-ish [but
without the hollow wood resonance of course]
that I think comes from the long hollow neck
and Pau Ferro fret board. This is why I had
to hear it without frets ! [see above].
It's also a very quiet active bass [18v] and
very easy to play, meaning I can set a low
action and it's comfortably balanced on the
strap. The neck joint is fairly sleek for a
bolt-on, and the neck is rather slim.
The climate resistant neck is important to me as well. I remember playing it dripping wet because I brought it in from sub-zero cold and my friend kept telling me to dry it off, which I was doing over and over but moisture just kept condensing for 1/2 hr or more until it finally warmed up. Weather never bothers it.
They were a bit twangy up the G-string until
I put BadAss bridges on them. OTOH, a good
feature [?] is that the OEM bridges had the same screw-hole pattern as a Fender, so that
a BadAss II bridge is a direct fit !
Graphite weave neck, pau ferro board, and
basswood body, single soapbar [sweetspot,
not Musicman location] with 18v 3 band EQ.
With the 4-in-line peghead and 35" scale it
won't fit into certain gigbags. Body is
average size but thin. Top horn is long so
hang balance is very good. String spacing is typical of most other 4-strings. I've never had to fix either of them, and never have to reset the torsion rods for seasonal
effects [although it requires the usual for
major changes in string types].
These are not outstanding in any single way
or special feature, other than the graphite neck, but they sound really good, don't cost
an arm and a leg, don't need to be coddled,
and are easy to play. The 35" scale can be
a reach for some players but the good hang
balance makes it easy to fix that by tipping
the head up higher. Golem
rated this unit