Price paid: C$ 150
Purchased from: Used (Kijiji)
Sound — 8
I play a lot of different styles on guitar, and bass is my second instrument and I mainly play for studio purposes. Having said that, this bass has a great range of tone, from low and thunderous to pop and twang. Mainly doing prog rock right now, and this is an awesome bass for sure. I use it with a DigiTech bass pedal, just into my Micro BR and do effects later. No noise or issues, thanks to hum-cancelling pickups.
Overall Impression — 8
For most pop, rock and metal styles, this would be a good bass for regular gigging, if not fancy. I has surprisingly good sound for an inexpensive bass, but Peavey makes a good, if basic, piece of equipment, at the very least. I have been playing for over 30 years, and this is as good as basic bass as I've ever played. Like I said, I am not a bassist primarily, but I know my way around one quite well, and this better than any Squier, Epiphones and the like for the same price or more. No active electronics or fancy features, but a great solid bass with a good degree of variety in sound. I would try and replace it for the price if damaged or stolen, but would likely not be able to.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I have used a lot of Peavey equipment in my life, and one thing they do is last. This bass was made to stand up to most everything, and I have no idea how it was treated by the former owner, but I think it take what ever I could throw at it. The hardware is good and well put together, and the finish looks like it will last a long time. I think you could trust it for years, not just one gig, without backup.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Bought used, so I can't say how it was from the factory or store. When I got it the action was high, but was easily set up to play fast and furious. I am impressed with how good this guitar was put together for the price. All the electronics and hardware are good and the workmanship was there. I am not a huge fan of the quilt maple top finish, as I have seen better, but I don't play it on stage. When I was done cleaning, restringing, and setting up this bass, I was was amazed at the excellent deal I had gotten.
Features — 8
Bought used with a Fender Rumble 25 amp for $250, so I'll call it $150. Excellent condition and came with a hard shell case. Super deal for a bass of this quality. 21 frets on rosewood fretboard, with a maple neck. Nice sturdy neck, with a very nice tone. 2 J style hum cancelling pickups and string thru bridge are nice features on an inexpensive bass. The basswood body is light but has surprising tone and sustain. 2 volume pots and 1 tone, basic tuners round out the features.