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Peavey bass guitar Owner's Manual

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  • Page 1 Bass Guitars Owner's Manual...
  • Page 2 Passive Bass Guitar Configuration 1. Volume 8. Position Markers 2. Tone Control 9. Frets 3. Pickup Blend Control 10. Fingerboard 4. Strap Button 11. Nut 5. Bridge 12. Tuning Keys 6. Bridge Pickup 13. String Retainer 7. Neck Pickup...
  • Page 3 Active Bass Guitar Configuration 1. Volume 7. Neck Pickup 2. 3 band active EQ with 8. Position Markers +-/10 dB boost or cut 9. Frets 3. Pickup blend control 10. Fingerboard 4. Strap Button 11. Nut 5. Bridge 12. Tuning Keys 6.
  • Page 4 Congratulations So, you are the owner of a new Peavey Bass Guitar. Congratulations! Your purchase proves your taste in musical instruments is superb. Peavey offers a wide variety of bass guitars for beginners to professionals, each with unique qualities and features.
  • Page 5: Cleaning And Care

    Cleaning & Care When properly cared for, your Peavey bass will offer you years of pleasure. Playing your bass means that you will need to perform regular, general maintenance, such as cleaning and proper storage, to keep it looking and sounding great.
  • Page 6 Cleaning - Wood To clean and care for the major wood parts of your bass guitar (body, headstock and the back of the neck), Peavey recom- mends that you use a clean, soft, lint-free, dry cotton or Peavey Micro Fiber cloth and specially formulated HP's Axe Wax available at
  • Page 7 Properly caring for your fingerboard requires special attention. Over time, a fingerboard may lose its natural oils and shrink or exhibit a worn or faded appearance. Peavey recommends that you periodically apply a small amount of Lemon Oil (available at to your fingerboard (after removing strings) using a clean, soft, lint-free, dry cotton cloth.
  • Page 8 Cleaning - Metal To clean and lubricate the major metal parts of your bass (strings, pickups, bridge, tuners), Peavey recom- mends that you use a clean, soft, lint-free, dry cotton cloth and specially formulated guitar string cleaner available at Don’t just wipe down the tops of your strings.
  • Page 9 Storage & Travel Your bass is a piece of art that must be protect- ed. When you are traveling with your instru- ment, loosen the tuning knobs a turn or two to take pressure off he neck, and protect it with a gig bag or case.
  • Page 10 Add-on products like stands, hangers, and straps that are made of plastic, rubber, or man-made materials may chemically or physically react with and damage the finish of your Peavey bass. (Peavey offers a full line of safe products available at
  • Page 11 Strings Old strings produce dull, buzzing or dead notes, while a new set of strings ring clear and true. If you play often, you will need to change your strings often. A good rule of thumb is that if you play daily, you should change strings every couple of weeks.
  • Page 12 B E A D G String 5 4 3 2 1 Peavey recommends that you replace strings in the same gauges to maintain proper neck and/or bridge tension. If you 5-String Alternative High C wish to change strings with different gauges, Peavey recom-...
  • Page 13 Changing Your Strings Changing strings on a Peavey bass guitar is a simple task that will bring new life to your instrument. Tools Needed: Wire cutters Electronic tuner or pitch pipe (optional) Note: Peavey recommends changing one string at a time to maintain proper tension on the neck and bridge.
  • Page 14 Changing Your Strings Following the path of the string you just removed, insert the plain end of a new string through the hole in the bridge and thread across the string saddle, up the fingerboard, across the nut, through the string guide (if one is provided), and into the small hole in the corresponding machine head tuning post.
  • Page 15 Changing Your Strings Note: Do not make saddle adjustments unless you are changing string gauges, which also requires truss rod and intonation adjustments. Repeat this procedure for the remaining strings, remembering to tune each to pitch before proceeding to the next string. Hint: To prevent detuning from slippage, always tune UP to the correct pitch. Retune each string until strings hold their relative pitch to one another.
  • Page 16 Tuning Machine Adjustments Over time, tuners can become loose. Get in the habit of checking the tension with every string change. If you notice a change in the tension of a tuner, use a small flathead or Phillips screwdriver (some require an allen wrench) to tighten it (turn clockwise) or loosen it (turn counterclockwise) accordingly.
  • Page 17: String Action

    String action refers to the distance between the strings and the frets on a stringed instrument. Peavey technicians care- fully set optimal string action on each bass guitar before it leaves our factory; however, conditions such as changes in temperature and moisture (humidity), changing string...
  • Page 18: Pickup Adjustments

    To keep your factory warranty intact, Peavey suggests you take your bass to an authorized Peavey Service center to have the pickup adjustments made.
  • Page 19 Intonation A properly intoned bass guitar will sound in tune no matter where you play along the fretboard. Bass intonation describes the accuracy in relative pitch (of your bass with itself ) as you play the same note or chord. Intonation is determined by the length of each string as controlled by the location of each string’s saddle.
  • Page 20 Neck and Truss Rod Every Peavey bass guitar features an adjustable truss rod inside the neck. Truss rods allow for adjustments in the neck to accommodate changes in string tension caused by humidity, changing string gauges, or tuning. As the backbone of your instrument, truss rod adjustments should always be performed as the first step in instrument setup.
  • Page 21 If your neck is backbowed, loosen the truss rod by turning it counterclockwise. If it has too much bow, tighten the truss rod by turning clockwise. Remember, a little truss rod adjustment makes a big change in neck attitude. Improper adjustment may damage your neck and void your Peavey warranty.
  • Page 22: Warranty

    What Peavey Will Do We will repair or replace (at Peavey's discretion) products covered by warranty at no charge for labor or materials. If the product or component must be shipped to Peavey for warranty service, the consumer must pay initial shipping charges. If the repairs are covered by warranty, Peavey will pay the return shipping charges.
  • Page 24 Features and specifications subject to change without notice. Peavey Electronics Corporation • 5022 Hartley Peavey Dr • Meridian, MS 39305 (601) 483-5365 • FAX (601) 486-1278 • © 2013 EX000058...