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1978 Peavey T-40 Fretless
« on: March 09, 2017, 09:43:05 PM »
Got this one in today from the FedEx guy.  Low 6 digit serial number and a blank plank maple fretless neck!  I'd not seen one before, just the typical lined rosewood board FL models.  This one doesn't even say FL on the headstock.  It has dots on the side where the frets would be ala Rickenbacker.  Still need to do a setup and I want to change the Nylon strings to something I like better.  Possibly TI Jazz Flats in extra long scale.




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Re: 1978 Peavey T-40 Fretless
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2017, 02:57:27 AM »
Wow! Looks great

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Re: 1978 Peavey T-40 Fretless
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2017, 01:54:03 PM »
Non-blade pickups, that's an early one. Cool bass, I like blank maple boards.


Here's a very young (19) and short-haired me, 1981, with my T40:

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Re: 1978 Peavey T-40 Fretless
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2017, 07:19:33 PM »
Wow!  Beautiful bass, hope it weighs less than a 20" spare wheel/tire combination....
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Re: 1978 Peavey T-40 Fretless
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2017, 02:47:55 PM »
A certain degree of envy, Roberto... a certain degree of envy... ;)
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Re: 1978 Peavey T-40 Fretless
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2017, 08:34:13 PM »
I haven't weighed it yet but it feels heavier than my 12 pound Kramer 350B aluminum neck bass. :o

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Re: 1978 Peavey T-40 Fretless
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2017, 01:17:51 AM »
With the growing popularity of vintage T40's, I hope someone will offer <5lbs. replacement bodies for them. Maybe even chambered, <4lbs., to bring the assembled bass to under 9lbs. How difficult is that?
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Re: 1978 Peavey T-40 Fretless
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2017, 03:27:04 AM »
Carlo... where are you...? :mrgreen:
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Re: 1978 Peavey T-40 Fretless
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2017, 11:54:00 AM »
11 pounds 7 ounces!

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Re: 1978 Peavey T-40 Fretless
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2017, 12:12:56 PM »
As long as it balances well, that's what matters.

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Re: 1978 Peavey T-40 Fretless
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2017, 08:37:02 PM »
I like the look, but balance isn't everything. It's a too heavy for me, but I hope it works well for you!
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Re: 1978 Peavey T-40 Fretless
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2017, 11:24:11 AM »
   Thing of beauty! Been a T40 fan since they came out.
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Re: 1978 Peavey T-40 Fretless
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2017, 11:31:37 AM »
I love those basses, have a fretted one myself, but do consult with your spine too!  :mrgreen:

Flash thought: Ilan, so you did have a haircut once after all?  8)
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Re: 1978 Peavey T-40 Fretless
« Reply #13 on: May 02, 2017, 11:59:51 PM »
@Uwe: I was in the army when that pic was taken (1981) so I had to have my hair short. By the way, I had a haircut this Sunday:

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Re: 1978 Peavey T-40 Fretless
« Reply #14 on: May 03, 2017, 12:58:41 PM »
Ah, fringe (no pun intended, I know you dislike them) benefits of the I.D.F. then!!!

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