Interestingly, the T-45 (“Bass Space,” June ’03) wasn’t just a single-pickup variant of the T-40.The T-45’s solitary pickup wasn’t in the same location as one of the two pickups on a T-40, although the models had the same body style – in company literature, the pickup was described as “harmonically placed.” The T-45 had rear-loaded controls, no pickguard, and three knobs (for volume, tone, and midrange frequency rolloff) instead of the expected two knobs for volume and tone only.
The neck and body of the new bass were, of course, manufactured in the same manner as the T-40 and T-45, and its scale was also 34 inches.
James “T-Model” Ford onstage with his Peavey Razer. (RIGHT) Producers bassist Kyle Henderson endorsed the Foundation Bass. Just a handful of years after Peavey turned the world of electric guitar upside-down with its T-60 guitar and T-40 bass, the company was feeling its oats.
While the T series caught attention because their bodies were carved by computer numerical control (CNC) machinery that produced very consistent, durable, instruments, they also weren’t overly appealing, given prevailing tastes of the era.
I put this together a while back and it has been updated a few times on a different forum. Everything you wanted to know about the T-40 bass V2.2: Tone-Very Versatile, but still has a unique tone all it's own.
I'm glad I can finally give it the home it deserves. Can achieve one of the best pseudo-ric tones of any non-Rickenbacker instrument.
The Mystic was developed as a curvaceous counterpoint to the straight-edged Razer.” In a December ’11 feature in , Powers said the Razer was an attempt to design a body in the shape of the company’s “lightning bolt P” logo (as found on its instruments’ control knobs).
Interestingly, the Mystic had aesthetic roots dating back to 1958, when a teenaged Hartley Peavey sketched an idea (on butcher paper) inspired by a “rocket-shaped guitar” he had seen on a Bo Diddley album cover.
The t-40 is said to be able to do good versions of many other classic basses, but it definitely has its own unique tonal character. Natural and sunburst finished bodies are Ash, and solid colored bodies are made of poplar, with a few early solid colored bodies being made of alder.
T-40 bodies are very heavy and are usually made of 4 pieces of wood, with two smaller strips in the middle, reaching a bit wider than edges of the pickups, and two larger pieces on the sides.
Thanks, Burt in Greenville, Mississippi Hey Burt, You’re right—I’m not too familiar with the Peavey T-15, but that’s because it’s one of the less common T-Series guitars produced.
I hear a lot more about Peavey’s T-60 guitar and T-40 bass.