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Fave 5 String For a Classic P Tone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bachlover, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. bachlover

    bachlover Supporting Member

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    Sorry everybody, forgot to mention that I'm looking for a 5er. :oops: Any comments on a 5 that gives that Motown type bottom?
  2. JDLowEnd

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    Try the squier vm p5, I honestly love mine, plus the sunburst and white are good looking
  3. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

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    :cool:

    Fender American Standard P5. A a P-bass with a low B. As simple as it gets.
  4. Thumper

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    My American P5 has more bottom, my Squier VM P5 has more growl but can get good bottom, just not as much as the P5. My Roscoe can out P bass either, but it would list at $6,700 so it had better ;)
  5. bachlover

    bachlover Supporting Member

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    Looking like the American Std. I played one yesterday and it felt great. Really well made & it looks nice with the trad sunburst.
  6. ReiPsaeg

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    I don't think you can get closer to a P bass than with and actual P bass.
  7. qwench

    qwench Supporting Member

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    Just wanted to chime in here...I owned one of the Fender American P5's for about a year and I am missing it...it really is a great choice...as someone mentioned and as I have quoted on here before...it IS that simple...a Fender America P with a Low B...mine was right at 9lbs too and balanced very nicely...great bass for the $$ for sure!!
  8. bachlover

    bachlover Supporting Member

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    I went with the Am. Std. P and I'm glad I did. Even happier I put the flats on it. Love the tone and the feel of the flats. Can't believe I've been playing all these years & let this great classic pass me by. Time to start making up for lost time!
  9. darrenmt

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    You'll be surprised. The Lakland/Skyline 55-64 sounds nails that vintage tone and sounds more oldschool than the Fender Am Std P5. I am assuming that you mean oldschool r&b vibe when u say motown? I played one in a store the other day and was surprised at how modern the P5 sounded in comparison. Both strung with nickel wounds.
  10. chris_b

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    Apparently Mike Lull designed his P5 to sound like his 62 Fender Precision.

    I've got a Lull PJ5 (I hardly use the J) and I'd recommend it for anyone wanting a great, solid, 5 string P bass sound. Especially with flats.

    I've played good basses for years, Lakland, Wal, Stingray, but my Lull gets more compliments than all of the others put together.
  11. nukes_da_bass

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    The strings are just as important as the pickup! For the Jamerson sound get the LaBella Jamerson Flatwound set- just make sure your B tuner post is man enough to accept the leader of that B string, it's a freakin bridge cable!
    Anyways, the sound of Motown is the sound of Flatwound strings.
  12. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

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    Lakland 5564 with hanson vintage pickups and flats...
  13. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Supporting Member

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    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings
    I love my Roscoe PJ.

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  14. hdracer

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    I had Curtis Novak rewind my stock pick up to give it a vintage sound, added a Tonestyler tone control and Sadowsky black label flats to my P5.
    It is my number one R&B and blues bass. It sounds great.
  15. Thumper

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    Mine has stock PUPs, Sadowsky Black Label SS strings and an Orange Drop. Even with the SS, it sounds as P as I could ask for, I wouldn't let anyone touch the stock PUPs, there's some magic going on here I don't want messed with!

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