My New Peavey Grind Bass Guitar: 6-Strings of Awesomeness | Review

I went out to lunch with my wife and one of my sons on Father’s Day, and since we were right around the corner from the new music store in town, we decided to walk around and see what’s new. There were a few interesting bass guitars, but nothing that came close to my prized Rickenbacker, so I didn’t pay a whole lot of attention to them. The sales rep encouraged me to take any of them down and try them out, but they all seemed like a step down. I went past the guitars and was about to drift out of the section when I noticed a Peavey Grind 6-string bass sitting on a floor stand right at the edge. It had an interesting shape, a beautiful mahogany finish, and a massively wide neck to accommodate the strings. I have a 4-string bass and a 5-string bass, so I’m comfortable with switching between them. I found the prospect of the extra range intrigueing enough to pick it up and plug it in.

Peavey Grind 6-string bass guitar

It took a few minutes for my fingers to know which string they were on, but it came pretty quickly. I love having the B-string for that deep bass sound, and then the higher C-string for doing little show-off fills. The neck has 24 frets, with two complete octaves, so there’s not much you can’t hit on this bass. It had a nice, crisp sound on the highs and yet a very clean low end for the deeper bass notes. I’m not the most accomplished player with the slap & pop technique, but what I could do sounded pretty good to me. I must have looked like I was enjoying myself, because after a few minutes of watching me, my wife & son both asked of I wanted them to buy it for me. The price tag was pretty modest for an instrument like this, which was used. I was surprised, because I was not expecting it, so I finished and put it back on the stand. They were both still looking at me like I was crazy for passing it up. I certinaly don’t need another bass. It was fun to play, and I really like that it’s somewhat unique, so I ended up bringing it home.

Peavey Grind 6-string bass guitar

Years ago, I owned a Peavey Dyna-bass, which was my main performance bass. I loved them tone and the feel of it, so I’m more than okay with the brand.I have a double-sided soft case, which just barely fits it, so I can tranasport it without banging it up, no problem. I have a Steinberger 5-string bass, which is a great sounding instrument, and fantasic for when you’re traveling light, but it’s almost impossible to find strings for. This one should be much easier.

I used it to play bass for a small performance that evening. Standing for a bit, there’s no question that it’s a substantial piece of wood. I think it weighs in at about ten pounds. It was a comfortable bass, though, and no more of a load on my shoulder than my Rickenbacker. It’s got a sound, feel, and look that I’m really happy with, so I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this.

Red Rocker

I’m taking an involuntary break from school for a while, so in order to keep busy, I’m throwing myself into my music. For the last 30 years, I’ve been a bass player. In 1996, I sold all of my gear to focus on art, and went a great many years not playing. About ten years ago, I picked up an old Fender Precision from a pawn shop for $75 and began noodling with it again. When an opportunity to play in the church worship band cropped up, I got more serious, and bought myself a Steinberger five string, which has been my main instrument for a long time now. Among the things I sold in ’96 was a Rickenbacker 4001. I’ve always regretted parting with that and for years have been trying to find my way back to one.

A few months ago, I decided to take up guitar. I picked up a candy apple red Fender Stratocaster, and have been teaching myself chords from YouTube videos. It’s actually been going pretty good. I’m not doing any solos yet, but I can play rhythm for a pretty sizable number of songs. I’m still a bit awkward with it, but I expect in the next few months I’ll be good enough to embarrass myself in front of people. I’ve been pretty dedicated with my practice routine.

I had a horrible week with news that I wouldn’t be able to continue with school, and have been feeling pretty down. In a hugely generous effort, my son Kyle bought me a brand new ruby red Rickenbacker 4003 to cheer me up. Words cannot express how much I appreciate this kindness. I certainly don’t deserve it. I’m not such an awesome player that should have one of these based on skill. But it brings a great deal of joy to my daily existence. I grew up with this sound, and my heroes have always been artists and musicians, so to have an instrument like this is just a privilege and an honor, and I am grateful for the gesture Kyle has made. It doesn’t make me a better player, but it certainly makes me want to be one. If he wanted to cheer me up, this was way above and beyond the call!

I took it onstage at church this morning, so it was broken in before a crowd a few hours after I received it. My wife and I are working on our own music projects as a duo and I have great plans for the red instruments in the years to come.

Thanks Kyle!

Family Praise Time

The youth band we work with had their first gig in church today. My wife was singing, my daughter Miranda joined in singing with her, and my son Max played bass for the first time in front of people. Donnie and Josue are on guitars, and Patrick is on drums. This is the first time a lot of them have played in public. 

Bass Effects!

On the musical side, I’ve been playing the bass again.  I gave it up many years ago after playing in a band for a while, but I picked up a pawn shop junker a bit ago and am building my skills back up.  I’ve gotten a real cheap multi-effects pedal, and I’ve gotta say, it’s pretty impressive!

It’s called the Zoom B1X, and it has a tuner, volume, flanger, chorus, wah, distortion, you name it.  There’s a ton of patches simulating many different bass players or song styles.  Cool echo effects, turning single notes into a chorus of sounds, fretless simulation, etc.  It also has a drum machine built in for rhythm and everything can be activated with a tap of your foot.

I need to work more on reading music.  I’ve got an online course I picked up a while back that I need to start studying when I can, but I’ve found I’m really enjoying the music again.  I’ve gotten to play with my friends Charlie and Chris a few times, and my wife Trish and I are planning some duo work.