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Best non-Fender P-Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by meursault42, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. meursault42

    meursault42

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    Tim Lefebvre loves the Moollon P-Classic, but those are expensive and tough to get your hands on here in the States. I'm sure there are plenty of opinions on this. I've tried the Lakland Glaubs and a Nash, but none of those seemed quite right. Thoughts?

    Challah :D
  2. Inconnu

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    G&L, maybe?
  3. meursault42

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    They don't make a P, right? The SB-2 is the closest thing they've got, at least to my knowledge.
  4. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Just out of curiosity, why not get a Fender? The AVRI's are outstanding.
  5. meursault42

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    Curious question I guess. I have a CS NOS '59. To be honest, I'm on the fence about it. Fenders are so inconsistent. You've gotta comb through a dozen or so instruments to find a keeper. I bought the CS rather impulsively, and while I think it's a good instrument (certainly better than your average P), I'm not sure that it was quite all it was cracked up to be. Perhaps if I really spent some time trying out AVRIs, I might happen upon one that really jumps out at me. I think the key to finding a good P is finding one that really has that kind of "open" sound to it. Good Ps seem to "breathe" for lack of a better way of putting it.
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    My fave P pup basses are gonna be BC Rich.
  7. bassfreakah

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    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist Ernie ball strings
    I love my peavey fury with p pickup!!! it kicks ass. for no money.
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  9. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Maybe I got lucky or I'm not that picky, but barring their setup, all of the 08'+ MIA P's and AVRI's that I've played have been pretty nice. Of the 3 I own, my 57' really shines. It's super light, sounds amazing, and "breathes" as you say :)

    Have you looked at Lull?
  10. meursault42

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    Yes, Lulls are built for speed and rather modern feeling to me. Nice instruments, just not what I'm after.

    I'll have to have a sit down with the AVRIs...
  11. Bulltrout

    Bulltrout Supporting Member

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    Check out the modern SB1's. They're a P, but with a really muscular pickup.
  12. meursault42

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    Do they still manufacture the SB-1s?
  13. Bulltrout

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    I believe they do, but that you have to special order them. You can find them on auction sites fairly regularly though.
  14. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

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    Lakland 44-64..US or Skyline version.....because:

    1) quality
    2) fit and finish
    3) sound (either modern or vintage pickup choice)
    4) feel]
    5) GREAT (and I mean GREAT and personal) customer service
  15. GobBass

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    Sandberg make great P-Clones:

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    Alleva Coppolo
  17. gitlvr

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    There's a TB member here, I believe his username is JohnK_10. Builds killer Fender type P and J basses. Prices seem really reasonable, and build time is faster than you would believe. I'd consider him. If I did not build my own, that's where I'd go. MHO.
    A link
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  18. jschwalls

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    Best non Fender Pbass ..... winner is

    Bluesman Vintage

    John Scott hands down builds the best P-Bass I've ever played.

    I have always been a PBass guy for nearly 25 years... heck even my phone number is NOJ-BASS

    Once I discovered what Bluesman was doing I sold my basses and started playing his stuff. WAY cheaper than owning a real Vintage Fender and they sound/play better than alot of the vintage stuff I have had my hands on.
  19. lowphatbass

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    +1

    Tabdog

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