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Weapon of mass destruction

By eminent2000, 16/07/2014
Everything has been written in previous reviews. Mine has a rosewood fingerboard.


See other reviews.

It is indeed quite heavy, you need a good strap. But it is perfectly comfortable to play with.

The neck is thicker and rounder than the one on my Luthman, but you get used to it.


The sound: powerful, brilliant, particularly rich in mids but the lows rock as well, the amp always asks for mercy. Imagine playing a bass equipped with the strings of a grand piano or a Hammond B3 (the real one, not a clone) ─ that's the T-40, more or less. A very full sound, very vibrant, percussive and rich in harmonics. But also very versatile, depending on the settings: With the neck pickup and a bit of EQ you easily get a huge but very muffled sound, like Jah Wobble.

You can watch on Youtube a video showcasing the different sound possibilities this bass provides, and how to use it to imitate a Precision, MusicMan or Rickenbacker. That's all very interesting, but this bass always has a particular sound. That said, I don't intend to sound like Chris Squire playing with a pick, but with the "Rick" setting you come pretty darn close!

I have a somewhat run-down 4*10 cab with a speaker that crackles if you play a bit loud, at least with other basses, but not with the Peavey, even at the same volume. Always that harmonic richness, I think.


I bought it right after a Yes concert where I was blown away by the sound of Chris Squire with his Rickenbacker. It had more mids and harmonics than with his other basses. Reading different forums I discovered this bass, which seems to be the closest to a Rickenbacker and it is highly praised (although there are people who don't like it...).

The word "awesome" is a bit trite these days but there is no other way to define this bass. Big, beautiful, heavy, dense; the output level, the sustain and the sound: It's awesome. Compared to my Luthman Jazzette, it's like driving a Land Rover and a sport coupe.

You can find it easily on Ebay, it's a great American vintage bass at the price of a secondhand Fender MIJ. The cherry on the cake: You won't go unnoticed on stage.

I love my T-40!

Beam world class

By RumbleBass, 15/12/2013
All just been said in previous posts, and you can easily find other info on the net ...
Peavey made by the U.S. from 1978 to 1985 to 1986, several developments differentiate eras.
Northern ash body well dense, 3 or 5 parts following the natural années.Finition most commonly satin, black, white also, more rarely sunburst, even rarer burgundy and blue spangled super scarce in recent years.
2 pieces maple neck, 20 frets, the key is not reported. Models of rosewood keys exist. A fretless version of the catalog was also the T-40FL. Steel nut until 1983, later more plastic.
2 humbuckers and a very special electronics. 2 volumes 2 tones, a micro switch and a phase inversion switch on the south coil bridge pickup. 2 mic models depending on the year. The "toasters" 78 to 81/82 then the "blades" with the magnet apparent. The fact is that the blades therefore the magnet a little closer to the strings, so a bit brighter and certainly more powerful, but at the cost of having the unpleasant snap strings against the ropes if you bourrinez too .. . for both toasters already have enough brightness and bite. Note that some recent blades tend to break their coils due to a more economical design. Care when a possible dismantling of electronics.
A big big bridge, string-through mounting. Provide games Longscale strings, because the through mounting.


Channel profile generally very P 70's, a little Rick, wide and deep enough anyway. It is not at all in the JB style or MM. Caution strings and mid ground are quite near the edge of button, it can destabilize the beginning. Although this set is the highway. In addition to a trussrod, an adjusting screw in the heel allows you to adjust the angle handle / body. It's good wood, hard, once set it not move.
Where it loses points is on the scale. Close to 5.5kg. But very well balanced, it bothers me less back and shoulder my Stingray 5 for example. It may be a matter of size, I measure 1m90.
The first models are 78 "slab" without cuts right arm or abdomen, and therefore much less comfortable.


Navigating passive territory and 70's. But what it does well!
Electronics rout a bit by its operation, not at all conventional.
A micro volume, a pickup selector, so far so good ...
Respective tone fully open 8 to 10, the microphone works in single coil. Below 8 micro switches to humbucker mode.
The phase inversion switch plays a pickup coil. And it has charm! Position in phase, the two microphones typically operate, if not the mere passage / humbucker tones with. Reversing the phase, the two volumes fully open we get a sound ... weak and tinny. Yes, because the microphones and work backwards ... All the subtlety of the assembly that it should then close the volume of the microphones so that it sounds. And here is the magic, all other sound palette opens. And it pushes hard ass.
So we get lost in the beginning, so there is opportunities and subtleties of color and different settings.
But once mastered it, truthfully, all the sounds of vintage passive are possible and imitable. A difficult blind to the difference. But very easy to prefer the T-40 to the original! Fender P, JB, MM first year, EB3, TBird, Rick, all the sounds are there. With a smaller, a je ne sais quoi.
Ass that prefer the former course. We're not there to do in the modern with this bass.


The other drawback is that this bass is fairly rare to find here. Some expensive models in Germany, two or three that come in the year in France, the odds in recent months roros 650 for models 79/83 natural or black finish, maple keys, with their flightcase. A yes the flightcase alone is a model (horror?) Of 80's design. Indestructible molded, but then heavy and cumbersome. If the purchase in the U.S. does not scare you, there are found to shovel all times, the old player model mint, and prices. Prefer models until 83, after Peavey trimmed quality. (Plastic nut, weaker pickups, pickguard least worked ...)
If you're ready to go hunting for a few months, you will have the ultimate low for the vintage sound. But certainly there is not marked on Fender or Gibson Rickenbaker ... it does not matter at all in her mind and under the hood, just close your eyes. And what face she has!

<3 T-40

A bomb!

By jukap, 22/07/2013
see other opinions. Violin with onions, everything is dense and solid, it is a weapon of war. Not a pet 'or a bit of breath or something that has moved, an instrument of 30 years is that it is designed and built.


Wide and thin enough handle a mix of precision and rick. The weight is not really a problem with a good strap, especially compared to the pleasure it provides. The sound is really deep and magical, full of grain. You get used to the ergonomics into play quickly enough, only the settings can be a complex hair on stage with this system knobs, I would clearly prefer a push / pull to switch from single coil to humbucker. And indeed, the slap patient is clearly complicated due to the positioning and size pickups: even if we can get great things with a beautiful tone still on the register, it will remain relatively simple plans.


For rock and pop, you will not find better, I had a lot of very low quality, and it outperforms all the vintage to modern-vintage (there is that my alembic orion gave more definition and flapping in the precision type, but with less natural, depth and roundness, and of course for my vintage pure grain precision american 57 reissue, but clearly "one trick pony" for once even if it is excellent). All sounds are good, and we really had a package, I would really 8 different (even the phase switch with levels set correctly gives excellent stuff). To sum was somehow a very good precision late 60's that you can mix at leisure with incredibly pleasurable accents rick, stingray and Jazzbass, and a very definite and incisive special bonus his t40. That's good, good, good.


I received qq weeks ago, I'm in love. I love everything: the sounds, the look, the finishes. This is really high class instrument, a real inspiring and liberating music stuff.

Super Solid Bass

By tjon901, 21/08/2011
This was one of Peaveys first bass guitars. You can tell it was one of their first because this thing is super over built. The T-40 had the body that the other T guitars had. There were a line of guitars that had a body just like it. These basses are super strong and rugged. It feels like you are playing a tree. The manual says this guitar has a solid "hardwood" body. I guess hardwood and heavy wood mean the same thing because this bass is like 15 pounds. The neck is a rock maple neck with a rosewood fretboard. The neck is medium size and has 20 frets. The scale on the neck is 34 inches. You get two humbuckers in this bass that can be split with a clever tone control system. The bass has two volume controls and two tone controls. There is a 3 way selector and also a phase switch.


This bass has a super solid feel to it. It feels like you are playing a tree. The bass is super heavy with its "hardwood" body. It is about 15 pounds. The bridge looks like it is off a battleship and looks like it weighs 5 pounds itself. The tone circuit on this bass is pretty cool. The pickups are splitable humbuckers. You split the coils with the tone control but it is not a push pull pot. When either control is above 7 that pickup will be a single coil. From 7 downward is pure humbucker. This is pretty cool because the single coil gets you nice crisp high end like you want when you have the tone wide open and the humbucker gives you a thick darker sound like what you are looking for when you roll off the tone control.


This bass not only has a super solid feel it has a wide variety of tone. You can go from super deep and dark neck pickup tones to the twangiest bridge single coil tone. The tone control pickup split is a great way to split pickups. It really shows they know what people use their basses for. All the classic passive bass sounds are possible with this setup. You can go from a super deep Gibson EB bass ton to a fighter twangy Fender bass tone. All with very simple switching and controls. The Phase switch is pretty useless. It takes the bass from sounding good to sounding bad. They should just call it a sucky tone swtich.


If you see one of these for sale somewhere for like 200 dollars you shouldnt just ignore it. This bass can blow away just about every other passive bass thats less than 1000 dollars and it is lightyears ahead of what you can normally get for 200 dollars. The build quality on this bass is superb. It was made in America and the bass is very overbuilt. Everything on the bass feels heavy duty. If you see one of these basses and if you are man enough to handle the weight you should buy one.
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Peavey T-40 tech. sheet

  • Manufacturer:Peavey
  • Model:T-40
  • Category:4-string bass guitars
  • Added in our database on: 09/29/2005

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