Favourite P/J settings?

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  1. 6stringvince

    6stringvince Supporting Member

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    Really diggin my first P/J bass as of late, and I'm just curious about everyone's favourite settings, percentage of bridge/neck, and tone settings. Do you change it up much depending in style being played, or more of set and forget?
    Thanks
  2. Grateful

    Grateful Supporting Member

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    I run mine most of the time as a P only. Occasionally I'll dial in some of the bridge pickup, but usually halfway between all P and an even balance. It rarely if ever goes past the center, and it's never all J.
  3. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Both full on
  4. spade2you

    spade2you

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    Both on or either pickup solo'd.
  5. pgolliher

    pgolliher

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    My tone knob setting depends on the genre and life (brightness) of my strings. I like running with the J full on and the P rolled back just a little bit. It gives me a nice mid-range growl that sits really well in the mix with guitars. My P/J with Dimazio DP126s pickups gets an awesome almost MM type growl with this setting. I love it.
  6. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    It's the reason P/J's are so popular - so much variety of tone. I set it until it sounds right for the particular application, which varies. Same with any 2 pu bass really.
  7. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration Supporting Member

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    ^^ Same as above ^^, but generally full up on P. About 3/4 on J
  8. Kink Rimson

    Kink Rimson

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    If I'm playing a PJ I always feel obliged to have everything on full. I prefer the P on it's own most of the time, but will play a traditional P in that instance.
    I never play the J pickup solo, it makes me pluck down by the bridge and makes unpleasant burping noises. Unless it's fretless of course, in which case that back pickup is perfect. :)
  9. ericdanger13

    ericdanger13

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    P full. tone full. J. Only a hair turned on.
  10. blindrabbit

    blindrabbit

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    Both P and J on, and run in series. It sounds absolutely brilliant.
  11. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

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    I like to solo the P a lot, but I agree with Sir rabbit. The series setting on my four-string is impressive, on the five it's massive! :bassist:

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  12. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp Supporting Member

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    I tend to run either pickup soloed or 50-50 all the time and that is true of all my basses. But I also run flats a lot. I have a JJ I am getting ready to sell and I put some rounds on it last night because almost no one else would want the fifths tuned Pressure Wounds I had been using on it. Noodling around with it a bit after the change I noticed that mixes other than 50-50 are probably more useful with rounds than with flats.
  13. Basshappi

    Basshappi

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    Well, it depends on what tone I'm going for. That's the beauty of the PJ config, it's versitility.

    In the trio I play in I usually run both pups wide open with the tone dialed back 2/3. This gives me clarity and grind but not too much zing. When I want a more fretless-like sound I roll off the P a bit and the tone all the way down.

    If I'm going for more of a Bogart/Hill kind of sound then it's P full, just enough J to get some definition and the tone at around 1/2 or a bit less.

    If I am trying to get into Lee/Entwistle/Squire territory then it is everything wide open.
  14. Rusty G String

    Rusty G String

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    Usually p full, j 75%, tone full. Sometimes I'll reverse the settings for some funk and clarity.
  15. DerTeufel

    DerTeufel

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    I have two P/J basses - A Squier and a Yamaha BB425X. On the Squier, I tend to run the P wide open with a touch of J. On the Yamaha, I don't have the option to gradually dial in one p/u or the other. It's either full P, full J, or both full on. That being said, I like both full on.
  16. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

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    Usually: P 75% to 100%/ J 50% and 75%

    once is in a while I will turn the J off...but not often.
  17. 6stringvince

    6stringvince Supporting Member

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    Love that tone! Although it's close, I find it's still not quite there. Are there any pedals that will get you there? I know both Squire and Lee run their sound through some complex systems, just wondering if there's a an easy fix. I use Roto Swing 66, which I think are the right strings for the job.
    Other than that, what's not to love, anything from Jamerson, to Jaco, to Squire all in one bass!
    I always read about the J sucking tone from the P tone, but comparing to my P bass I haven't found that at all

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