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Peavey Zodiac DE Scorpio Signature Bass Guitar

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Designed with veteran metal bassist David Ellefson, Peavey Zodiac DE Scorpio Bass Guitars are solid rock bass guitars featuring both split-coil and s...Click To Read More About This Product

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Designed with the co-founder of Megadeth David Ellefson!

Designed with veteran metal bassist David Ellefson, Peavey Zodiac DE Scorpio Bass Guitars are solid rock bass guitars featuring both split-coil and single-coil pickups.

"I wanted to create a bass that incorporates the best sound qualities of a traditional instrument but also has cutting-edge features designed for modern players," says Ellefson. "My technique and playing style have always demanded more from a bass guitar to really capture the power and depth of my music. The Zodiac DE brings those elements together in one powerhouse instrument."

In the celebrated Peavey tradition, Zodiac basses combine sought-after features with the road-worthy durability required by serious rock players. Like other basses in the Zodiac Series, the David Ellefson signature model”named Scorpio after Ellefson's sign in the astrological zodiac”is built using a solid alder body with sculpted front and back contours and equipped with an articulating bridge with machined saddles. The Scorpio is also outfitted to his specs, including custom Seymour Duncan pickups, a gloss-black finish and a mirrored pickguard.

"Rock n' roll is about constant reinvention and taking things to new extremes, and the Zodiac DE reflects my passion for that lifestyle," adds Ellefson. "I like the bass to be heard as well as felt through the music, and after all, what good is a fancy bass if you can't hear it?"

The Scorpio Bass features 2 master volume controls and one master tone control for shaping the Zodiac sound. Other features include an 8" radius maple neck so players can work into the 21-fret rosewood fingerboard in comfort, plus all-chrome hardware; butterfly tuners; and a Switchcraft jack.

  • 34" scale
  • 21 frets
  • Black finish with chrome-plated pickguard
  • 8" radius maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • Solid alder body with sculpted front and back contours
  • Steel bridge with machined steel saddles
  • 1 1/2" nut width
  • All chrome-plated hardware
  • Seymour Duncan split-coil and single-coil pickups
  • Passive electronics
  • Two master volume controls and one master tone control
  • Switchcraft jack
  • Butterfly tuning pegs
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A darn nice find!

By Twister-It-62

from Canada

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I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a big fan or ever have been a big fan of Peavey basses. Nothing in their line up really has excited me over the years. The Cirrus basses are nice, but not really my thing. When I first heard of this bass, my reaction was "that's nice", "who really cares". However after I actually saw one in a local shop, I though to myself that this is a bass that has a certain vibe going for it. It just looks very cool with the black and chrome thing going on. I tried it and was very impressed by the way this puppy projects. The tone is fat full and loud! Playabilty is very good as well and all the features/functions work like they're supposed to. The hardware and pickups are all above average for this price range and the construction is solid.If I have anything to complain about, it's stuff that is very minor, yet if fixed would truly transform this bass into a top quality instrument. Complaints, the finish seems a little soft, the satin finished neck is not really all the great, it's ok, but not outstanding. The set up from the factory sucks and you'll need to play with it to get it where you want it. The bridge is not quite where it should be on the body causing the E string sit closer to the edge of the neck than the G string. The strap buttons don't stay is place as their alweays coming loose. Again all this stuff is not a big deal, but a few more looks see's by the manufacturere would fix all this with very little effort on their part. Now I'm not sure if these minor issues are consistant with every Chinese made Scropio bass that comes off the line?, perhaps my issues are not the same as other scropio owners? Who know really?, but this is what I've found with mine. All in all this bass should give you years of trouble free enjoyment. It's passive and build pretty solidly. I'd recoomend this bass to anyone who's looking for a no nonsense workhorse that looks cool and is fun to play.

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an amazing bass designed by an amazing bassist

By the bass

from Massachusetts

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I went to my local music store today and found this bass on the wall. I've read about it and I'm a huge Dave Ellefson fan so I had to take it down from the wall and try it. When I plugged in I was really blown away. The sound was amazing, it had the exact tone I was looking for, something that can cut through and be heard (especially since my guitarist turns his halfstack up as loud as he can). The neck was awesome, I had no problems maneuvering on the fretboard. Maybe its because I'm not that experienced with basses, but I was surprised at how good this sounded without any active electronics. I would highly recommend this bass.


beastly bass

By Glenn-Mqeuh

from Georgia

i bought this as my first bass and wow i was surprised i got such a great bass for a low price. Great bass for a great price. buy it

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Great for this price

By tortfeasor

from MI

At the original price, this bass might not have been worth it. After all, it's pretty much a peavey "my first bass" with some minor (though fun) cosmetic improvements and seymour duncan pickups. At the clearance price, it's a steal for those same reasons. pickups sound great, making it very versatile for a wide variety of music styles. factory setup isn't perfect, but easily remedied with basic setup. fit and finish are pretty good. If you need a reliable bass with a great sound and don't want to spend serious cash, get this while it's still around!


Metal at its finest

By Rizzo9247

from NYC, NY

I finally purchased the Peavey Zodiac DE Scorpio bass after searching for that 'Metal Tone' for quite a while.Features: To begin with, the Seymour Duncan Bassline split P/J pickup produces such a thick, meaty tone, it is perfect for both the pick and fingerstlye metal-heads out there. Each pickup has its own volume control and there is also one overall tone control. It can go anywhere from a nasaly jazz bass to a fat p-bass by the turn of a knob. The body is light, and the neck is thin and comfortable. Chrome pickguard on a black bass...cannot get more metal than that.Quality: Being made in China, I was a little skeptical. Action was nice right out of the box, frets did not need filing, and the neck was nice and straight. After attending a Dave Ellefson clinic where he spoke about how he wanted a bass that could withstand road-use, I knew it was going to be fine. I have had the bass for 2 months and it has held up well to daily play and weekly gigging. Stays in tune and all that good stuff.Value: It is not the cheapest nor the most expensive bass out there. I think it fits the price range of a solidly built, awesome sounding bass that won't break the bank. If it was made in the US, it would probably cost double. I've played them all, the "cheapos" and the "what did you spend on that?" basses, and the Zodiac DE Scorpio bass hits the sweet spot.Overall: Being mainly a 5 string bass player all these years, I decided on taking the plunge and getting a 4 string, and I will have to tell you, I won't turn back. Try one out, you won't be dissapointed. Rust in Peace.


Metal and Rock tone for days!

By Risen Ashes

from Miami, FL

David Ellefson is my number 1 influence, his tone throughout the Megadeth albums is what I have been searching for-for years. I bought this bass and found out that although simple, it is very versatile. You can put flatwound strings and get a Steve Harris, Iron Maiden tone or a Motown tone. I mainly use Roundwound La Bella Hard Rockin' Steels with a pick. When I put those strings( the La Bella Roundwounds) on with this bass, it came to life. The bass is very punchy and growly. You can solo either pickup and go from full-on punch with the neck pikcup solo'd or to warm and fat tone with the bridge pickup solo'd. Together it is very powerful and is perfect for Metal and Rock.I play it through my Ampeg SVT II (non-pro) all tube head and my Mesa/Boogie Powerhouse 1000 Cabinet. The bass roars through this rig. The bass is very simple and it nails Ellefson tone. The quality is a 4.5 because it could have been a bit better if it was made in the USA but it would also cost about double. Great bass, built to last Peavey!


Big boom for your buck

By Dr. Boom

from L.A.

I recently purchased one of these and it is one of the best basses for a decent price on the market, the p/j pickups have HUGE output and big tone, the necks really fast and the whole thing looks great. I would recommend this bass for anyone just starting out or has been playing awhile in any style of music a real great buy


Great bang for buck

I discovered this model while bass shopping with/for a friend of mine. We were looking for a budget bass, checked all the usual suspects, Squiers, MIM Fenders, Epiphones, etc..., and while there were some nice contenders, this one won out over all for looks, playability and sound. Fast neck, versatile pickups, familiar yet unique styling, it's really a nice piece for a decent price. My friend took the last one in the shop home, and I liked it so much that I grabbed a used one off eBay. The chrome pickguard isn't really my style, so I had a pearloid one custom made. Also put regular J-bass knobs on it, for a more classic vibe...


This is a great bass guitar.

By l0rd0ct0d0rk

from Kilbourne LA

I lucked out and won this bass in a peavey giveaway, as a substitution for another bass I couldn't have. I like the looks and the sound of this bass. The rosewood fingerboard has a great tone. I like the chrome-plated pickgaurd out of all of the features. This bass also comes with a deluxe padded gig bag.


Fantastic tone and playability!

By ProgRapture

from Dallas TX

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First of all, this bass has a very striking shape, so you will get noticed with it! It's also very small and light, which is a huge plus. The P/J pickup configuration works really great for being so simple, and the string spacing and jazz style neck is really great for whatever style you play. My ONLY gripe about this bass is the finish on the neck. It is a satin finish, which is much faster than one of those sticky gloss finishes, but the quality of the finish is not that great.I'm not a big fan of Peavey instruments, but the Zodiac series has caught my attention, and for the price it ranks up there with the G&L Tribute Series and some of the high end Ibanezes. Slap a Badass II bridge and some nicer pickups and you've got a bass that rivals the Fender Geddy Lee bass, but looks even nicer!

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