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Close to a P bass without being a P bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Sep 19, 2013.

  1. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL A Hard Rockin Lover of GREENBURST Supporting Member

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    What basses have you played or owned that are not P Basses but nail the P Bass tone? The Epiphone Jack Casady Bass to my ears delivers what an acoustic P bass would sound like. The G&L MFD humbucker comes close as well in some settings.
  2. whizzkidd4

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    this guy sounds like a pbass on steroids..ask anybody who has one..[​IMG]w/c would be rare..this is the mid 80's model..and it's got this greenish bloblike paint job that I have never seen on any guitar..beautiful voice tho..active/passive..neckthru..Japanese..just love it..
  3. Daniel Piper

    Daniel Piper

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    Musicman big al SSS. Superb p bass esque tones in there
  4. wave rider

    wave rider

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    Peavey MIA Fury.

    =wr=
  5. Stumbo

    Stumbo Supporting Member

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    Ibanez Musician
  6. SlugThrower

    SlugThrower Supporting Member

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    Or an Ibanez ATK!
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    3234718 Supporting Member

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    MIJ Mustang. It looks like a mini pbass but it sounds huge.
  8. VeganThump

    VeganThump Supporting Member

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    As far as my PBass needs go, a jazz bass with the neck pickup soloed is close to a P as I'll ever need.
  9. AMJBASS

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

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    To me the Mustang is a bit of a different voice. The short scale, and smaller pickups give it a bit of a deeper tone than a 34" P-Bass.

    I dig the Casady Signiture. It does get kind of in the ballpark of a Precision. Sits great in the mix. Still... nothing does a P-Bass like a P-Bass ;)
  10. msact

    msact Supporting Member

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    My 1979 Washburn Vulture I can get very close.
  11. T-34

    T-34

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    G&L 1000 to some extent
  12. ack

    ack Supporting Member

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    I agree. I have both the split-P and a slanted Super Ferrite versions of the MIA Fury, and they're both good P-basses.
    The Patriot with the single SF also does a great job at it.
  13. Turlu

    Turlu Supporting Member

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    My lovely Lakland 44-64 custom bass nails the P Bass Tone perfectly, with a neck to die for !!!! I have never been tempted to lean towards a 'P' Bass, but now that is all I am looking for !!!! I want to have a Custom Shop Classic Closet Pro Precision Bass sooooo bad !!! But, my Lakland fulfils my current GAS needs too !
  14. Landy67

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    Line 6 Variaxe
    The P-Bass variations start about 1:56 into the demo.
  15. RED J

    RED J Half Hip, Half Hick Supporting Member

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    You didn't say whether or not a bass with a P bass pickup, a clone if you will, is considered a P bass for sake of your question, I see a few here, and them pulling it off comes as no surprise, I have a couple.
    If what you meant was a bass with non Split P pickup that pulls of a P Bass tone pretty well, my Peavey Foundation Super Ferrite on the neck pickup does a good job, IMO. My two Jazz basses on neck pickups ( both have Dimarzio Model J humbuckers ) do a pretty good job IMO
  16. superjesus

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    Bob Babbitt's Jazz Bass on Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
  17. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    G&L SB-1
    G&L SB-2 with Tone control added
    Peavey Fury
    G&L LB-100

    All of these will nail a Fender P sound, 100%. With the MFD pickups, all you have to do is dial back the volume a bit.
  18. TC.65

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    I'll go with the MIA Peavey Fury. One of the best sounding and playing basses I've ever owned or played. Mine is a late 80's or early 90's model with a split pickup.
  19. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper P is the Key. Call me Marc or Marky Potatoes. Gold Supporting Member

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    G&L L5000 (right). Does this count?

    [​IMG]
  20. eldoryder

    eldoryder I just LOVE me some Vintage Peaveys! Supporting Member

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    For an older version of the Peavey Super Ferrite pickup which nails (or surpasses) the "P" sound, I give you the Peavey T-20:

    [​IMG]

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