While admitting to not being a gear junkie, the new-wave bass icon explains how he came to love Peavey basses, why they’re comparable to BMWs, and what makes up his signature tone.

This 5-string Peavey Cirrus gets brought out for “Sunrise” off 2004’s Astronaut. And while not being a gearhead, Taylor did mod this bass by sanding the body and neck after reading that the Beatles used to sand down their instruments to rid them of any heavy finishes or gloss because they believed it helped the instruments breathe and sound better. He claims he hasn’t heard a difference, but it feels different and is a bit lighter for his back.

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