PEAVEY INTERNATIONAL SERIES MILESTONE IV BASS GUITAR

Pros A cheap beginner’s bass that should appeal to those starting out. In all honesty, we were unable to hear any marked tonal impression that the Powerplate stamped on the Milestone’s performance. A cheap bass doesn’t have to be a poor instrument, after all – so does the Milestone blow us away or leave us wanting more for our money? The tone control brings some much-needed tonal variation to the sound palette, particularly useful if you play in a variety of styles. Despite being comfortable to wear and play, with reasonable playability, the bass came across as exactly what it is, a cheap production-line bass. We couldn’t say that it made the bass sound better or gave it a favourable character, which is a shame. The fret rosewood fingerboard comes with acrylic position markers on the front face and black side markers, a synthetic bone nut has been used and the classic Peavey headstock design is in full effect.

Our Verdict A wise investment if you want to see if bass playing is for you. We couldn’t say that it made the bass sound better or gave it a favourable character, which is a shame. The Milestone is available in four colours but we’ve been blessed with the none-more-classic black gloss model, resplendent with a matching black headstock, white three-ply Precision-style scratchplate and chrome hardware throughout. Thankfully there is some gradation as the control is turned up, so you will hear a gradual change. Whether that is down to the basic construction of the bass or the performance of the pickups is hard to say. A cheap bass doesn’t have to be a poor instrument, after all – so does the Milestone blow us away or leave us wanting more for our money? Two pickups give some tonal variety.

The Milestone is available in four colours but we’ve been blessed with the none-more-classic black gloss model, resplendent with a matching black headstock, white three-ply Precision-style scratchplate and chrome hardware throughout.

Plugging in, the bass sounded warm and welcoming with a good degree of old school thump about it, particularly from the split-coil pickup. In all honesty, we were unable to hear any marked tonal impression that the Powerplate stamped on the Milestone’s performance.

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Cons Some shabby finishing. If you’re a beginner, the Milestone is definitely worth investigation. If you’re starting out on your travels into the Kingdom of The Bottom End, the Peavey Milestone is aimed squarely at you.

Passive instruments rely so much on the quality of their construction, the timbers and hardware and the strength and tonality of the pickups: Despite being comfortable to wear and play, with reasonable playability, the bass came across as exactly what it is, a cheap production-line guitat. Whether that is down to the basic construction of the bass or the performance of the pickups is hard to say. The single-coil pickup at the bridge does exactly what you would expect, adding some brightness peaveh twang, but it didn’t bring the bass to life in any respect and in mixing the signal using each volume control, it became quickly apparent that this bass performs best with both pickups running at full whack.

On a bass of this price, you obviously expect various features to be made to a price point, but basic finishing should be a given, no matter what. A cheap bass doesn’t have to be a poor instrument, after all – so does the Milestone blow us away or leave us wanting more for our money?

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We couldn’t say that it made the bass sound better or gave it a favourable character, which is a shame. Some of the finishing is a little lacklustre: Unfortunately, the finish is quite rough to the touch near the headstock heel, and seriew fret finishing is rather shoddy, with sharp fret ends in evidence on both sides of the neck.

internatiojal The fret rosewood fingerboard comes with acrylic position markers on the front face and black side markers, a synthetic bone nut has been used and the classic Peavey headstock design is in full effect.

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One feature worthy of discussion is the Peavey Powerplate, which is embedded into the back of the headstock to improve string vibration through the instrument – which in turn should increase the overall volume and sustain.

If you buy this bass and then decide that alternatives would suit you better, then at least you haven’t invested heavily. It plays well, is relatively comfortable and will get you up and playing quickly, which is no bad thing.

The tone control brings some much-needed tonal variation to the sound palette, particularly useful if you play in a variety of styles. Pros A cheap beginner’s bass that should appeal to those starting out.

Two pickups give some tonal variety. Our Verdict A wise investment if you want to see if bass playing is for you.

Peavey Milestone review

If classic, full-bodied bass tones are the order of the day, keep the tone control down but if you require some extra brightness for pick internnational or any sort of percussive playing where you need the upper frequencies to stand out, crank that tone control up.

Acoustically, there was little natural resonance from the instrument and try as we might, we couldn’t find any sort of tonal sweet spot. Thankfully there is some gradation as the control is turned up, so you will hear a gradual pravey.

The open-gear machine heads operate smoothly, as do the controls, and while the bridge is fairly standard with no frills, it does what it needs to do in a basic fashion.