Hi there, and happy new year from France to my fellow Tbers!
I have a squier VM PBass (amber) which I dearly love.
I put a delano PVMC PU a few months ago and am delighted with the stingray meets p-bass punch I get.
However, I would like to take it up a notch or too and have booked an appointment with a local luthier to have him route the body and add a bridge PU.
The thing is, just like I can't stand HSS strats (visually) there is something about the P/J concept which turns me off (yeah, I am that vain) and I am leaning towards a P/P config instead (insert PP and double P jokes here, sorry I'm French).
I have searched TB and the internet, and read a lot about Fenders Elite II basses, and J PU placement options in PJ basses.
It seems that most manufacturers put the J in a 70's position as there might be phasing issues between the J PU and the DG portion of the P PU.
I think Sadowsky chooses to address this issue the other way round and puts the J PU closer to the P PU than a 60's J PU placement.
I have seen vids on Youtube were Warwick buzzard basses sound awesome with a mirrorred P PU config.
But the two DG portions of the P PUs look quite close to each other, and would entail the bridge PU DG portion "encroaching" on a P-bass PG somewhat.
Reversing the bridge P PU so that the DG portion be not too close to the bridge makes sense to me, but I am afraid of phasing issues between the two DG portions.
So I guess my questions are:
1- if I go the P/P (non reversed, non mirrorred) route, what distance from the pickguard would you place the P PU? Just like a fender Elite? or closer to the PG (for the PU to sound a bit fatter, but maybe at the risk of "phasing" issues)?
2- if I go the mirrored P PU route (bridge P PU "reversed") should I have the two DG portions real close to one another ( just like the buzzard and strykers from warwick, about 1 cm to 1.5cm appart), or may I place it so that the DG portion is about 1 cm to 1.5 cm from the PG (i.e like the fender elite, but reversed) without fear of bad phasing issues?
Thank you for your time!