Double Ps?

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  1. punisher911

    punisher911

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    If 1 P pup is good, why don't we see more double P pup basses? I have personally never played one. I've seen a few basses with 2 P pickups. What is bad about them that the single P or P/J route is more popular?
  2. bigsnaketex

    bigsnaketex Supporting Member

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    God doesn't like more than one pickup on a P Bass.
  3. markkoelsch

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    I have a Vantage with 2 Dimarzio P on it, and it is a really great bass. Frankly, I think it is a much better combo than a PJ...fuller tonally. I have not played more than 1 or 2 PJ basses that I liked- I always found the J to be too thin to sit well with a P.
  4. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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    I suppose that two of the SAME pickup is putting the heavy emphasis on their relative placement under the strings to make them sound different from each other.

    A P and a J pickup combo, for example, have the differences in placement AND the differences in how they're wound and constructed BOTH to give you a wider range of sound.

    More difference, I'd say.
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  6. rupture

    rupture Supporting Member

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    If one sucks two would suck twice as bad !:bag: just kidding dont hate
  7. Bassamatic

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

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    I am working on a Lee Sklar tribute bass with 2 reverse Ps. I added a second P to a Yammie BB400. The sound is VERY nice, but I still need to move the neck pup up another inch or 2 for more bottom and make a nice little pickguard to cover the hole.

    The advantage of 2 P pups is that the bridge pup gives you a sound that is more "growly" without the bright zinginess of a J pickup.

    BTW - I also believe that the reverse configuration is the better placement, as it gives more bottom to the lighter strings.

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  8. brotherbassj

    brotherbassj Supporting Member

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    Fenders have done this in the eighties and currently (double P's). I have also seen older models including Vantage as mentioned, Warwick has done a mirrored image setup of double P's and BC Rich uses double P's regularly on their basses over the years..........so they are around
  9. RadioactiveGuy4

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    I think that they look kinda dumb. I know thats a bad way to judge a bass but its how i feel about it. I did play a fender black top jazz that had two P's in it and it sounded ok but it didnt really speak to me. Now two Hummbuckers on a bass is a totaly ok
  10. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    My double Ps..

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  11. Staredge

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    'cause then it would be a P-P, and that's just embarrassing.

    :bag:
  12. SherwoodGreen

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    Alien Audio uses a Double P in some configurations I believe.
    I've heard GOOD things about them too.

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  13. wvbass

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  14. Mastermold

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    Fender Elite II P-basses from 1983. Great basses.
  15. DuShauh

    DuShauh Supporting Member

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    That Sir, is IMO one of the best "mass produced" basses ever. BTW although a slightly different flavor, two EMG P6's sound amazing in that bass!!

    :bag: Sorry for the derail. But you just don't see TL-6's everyday.
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  18. Ric5

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    +1
  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    The guy with the Moody Blues has a p-bass wirh 3 p-pickups in a row ...
  20. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    I agree, great basses!! I'm curious, are the EMGs drop-in replacements?
  21. bigsnaketex

    bigsnaketex Supporting Member

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    yes, the EMG's are direct drop in replacement as are the Seymour Duncan quarter pounders which I have in mine now.

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