Double P's: What's out there?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sikamikanico, Dec 2, 2012.


  1. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico Supporting Member

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    I'm looking for double P basses. What are the options out there, in the sub $500 or so range (used)?

    Ideally, it would be a reverse double P... think Lee Sklar's double P...

    I'm not too picky about design at this "let's see what's out there" stage, so anything is game.

    I can start with what I know already: BC Rich...
  2. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

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    Under $500? Fender blacktop jazz I think falls into that price range.

    A Precision Elite II will run you at least $900, and that is if you find a good price.
  3. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

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    I bought an old Yamaha BB400 (reverse P) and added another reverse P at the bridge. I have always felt that this should be the standard configuration as it gives the D and G strings a little more bottom. Great sound, However I am still planning to move the neck pup about 1" closer to the neck, about where Lee Sklar has his. Then I will need to have a custom pick guard made to cover the hole. I hope it is worth it!!!
  4. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

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    Isn't Fender currently making these under $500 in their Blacktop series? I don't pay much attention but I know I've seen a couple dual "P" models floating around lately that fall under the "inexpensive" umbrella.
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  6. grendle

    grendle Supporting Member

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    Any bass with emg "dc" style cases can be converted to a double p setup. Just replace the DC's with 35p or 40p pups. Lots more options that way as well.
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    I love Fender basses ... but they always put the P pickup in backwards.
  8. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

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    Still sounds good. Don't know if it would have the same iconic tone otherwise.
  9. darkstorm

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    Several choices among used BC Rich NJ series basses.
  10. lowfreq33

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    At that budget I'd be inclined to get a Squier VM and mod it. You can easily reverse the coils on the existing pickup since the routing is actually pretty large, just need a new pickguard and routing for the bridge pickup.
  11. Marton

    Marton

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    70s Vantage bass. I see these a lot on kijiji around here. You can find one under $500 for sure. Here's a picture of one I found on google.

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  12. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico Supporting Member

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    Thanks all, I like the input so far!

    I really like this Vantage. Are there any other similar (vintage, Japanese) double P basses?

    Modding a P-bass is always an option, but I'd first want to see which ones were conceived to be Double P's.
  13. Duuuuuuuuuude

    Duuuuuuuuuude

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    You mean a double P like this?

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  14. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

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    See, this is why I suck at investing: No patience!
    I sold my 1985 Fender Precision Elite II a dozen years ago...for $200. If I'd known they were gonna sell for $900 twelve years later I might've hung on to it!

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