I've got a T40 bass from 1980. The body is a hunk of ash that looks like furniture from the old Crate and Barrel.
It is a boat anchor of a bass, but it sounds great and records even better.
Back in the mid-80s, when I was working at Hewgley's Music Shop in downtown Nashville, Peavey came out with the Razer. Being a dealer, we had one or two in stock. The looks were totally 80s, the pickups were a bit too hot for my taste, and the neck was excellent. But Jim Broadus made so much fun of them that I was too embarrassed to buy one.
Apparently, lots of other young guys were shamed out of buying them too, because they're near impossible to find now. I'd prefer a blue or a gold one, but will seriously consider any if y'all see one for sale. Either tremelo or hardtail is fine by me. I know Dan Auerbach has one with a Bigsby. I've met him a couple times, but we've always talked motorcycles. Next time, I'll have to change the subject.
I'll go ahead and post this in "guitars wanted", just in case.
Solid colours are lighter.The T-40 is more popular as a bass than the T-60 as a guitar, but it was so big and heavy I never got comfortable with it, after playing a Precision for a long time. But among the internet bass community, the T-40 is known for being very versatile. (I sold my T-40 to the bassist in my band at the time, a slim woman who was dwarfed by it, and I liked to post pictures of her playing it in threads where people were bitching about how heavy T-40s are.) (They really are, though.)
You, um, have a pic of said Razer?The T series instruments were quirky oddballs. While they had some cool technical features, the weight and the distinctive designs tend to make them love-it-or-hate-it axes. For everybody growing up in the 80s, they were a big part of the landscape, so it’s not surprising that they are having something of a renaissance now. Due to nostalgia I think they are actually more popular now than ever—certainly, more popular than they were when they were new. Peavey made some good gear but let’s be honest: everybody ended up with Peavey because they couldn’t afford or didn’t have access to the Fenders, Gibsons, Marshalls etc. that they really wanted. The T-60 was sold as a pro level guitar (whatever that meant) for about half the price of a Strat, and I think a lot were sold on that basis to people who were not affirmatively excited about the T-60 on its own merits, but figured it was the best they could get on a budget.
And I don’t say this as a hater: I owned a T-60 for a while in the 90s, bought on purpose after its heyday, but just didn’t bond with it. My first real bass was a T-40, and in the late 2000s I bought another one. The T-40 is more popular as a bass than the T-60 as a guitar, but it was so big and heavy I never got comfortable with it, after playing a Precision for a long time. But among the internet bass community, the T-40 is known for being very versatile. (I sold my T-40 to the bassist in my band at the time, a slim woman who was dwarfed by it, and I liked to post pictures of her playing it in threads where people were bitching about how heavy T-40s are.) (They really are, though.)
I think Peavey’s next round of instruments, although maybe not as sought after now, were more successful as instruments. The Foundation, Peavey’s next bass after the T series, was and is a fantastic bass. And, I have a Razer, and notwithstanding its odd shape, it’s a great player, with the tone control coil taps but without the boat anchor mass, and a great neck, as @Censport says. Mine has a trem and it’s one of the smoothest I’ve played.