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Fender's first P-J

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jonathanhughes, Nov 7, 2012.


  1. jonathanhughes

    jonathanhughes

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    Does anyone know when Fender first offered a P-J bass? If so, what did they call it?

    thanks!
     
  2. maturanesa

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    JP-90 comes to mind...
     
  3. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass ****

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    Here's a 'JV' P/J, I think it's an'83 or '84. Probably not the first, and not even real Fender, but I would bet the first P/J came from Japan.

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  4. Zentner

    Zentner Supporting Member

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    This is actually a pretty good question!
     
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  6. Figjam

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    Probably the made in japan "PJ' that became the jazz special?
     
  7. Geroi Asfalta

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  8. chef wong

    chef wong Banned

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    Those may not count because the P pickup is reversed.

    With the huge advantage in tone you'd think Fender would've had the P and J pickup configuration long before. Who here hasn't tripped on the sound of the Jazz bridge pickup all the way on with just a dash of P pickup rolled forward? I think it's one of the better parts of life itself.

    The pickup combo even looks better....
     
  9. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    There was a fender released called PJ Bass, thats it. As stated above it was made before the Jazz Bass Specials, in 1983/4. Its identical to a jazz bass special but doesnt have a 3 way toggle. I think thats thee first and No the P pickup is not reversed.
     
  10. BassUli

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    I don't mean to hijack the thread, but is it possible to have PJ with both volume knobs in one potentiometer, so that there are only 2 knobs (like P-Basses with only one pickup)?
     
  11. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Neither the PJ or the Jazz Bass Special are reversed. :)
     
  12. RED J

    RED J Play what you want how you want & quit arggerin ! Supporting Member

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    Yes, It's possible with a stackpot setup. I've done this.
     
  13. GODSBASSMAN

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    Do you want the 2 pups in series with one volum knob or do you want a stacked pot for the volumes controlled separately?
     
  14. kscbass

    kscbass Supporting Member

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    My first fender in 93' was a 92' precision plus (us made) aka boner bass. With lace sensor PJ pickups, volume, tone, three way p/u selector and some kind of boost button. A nice hi mass bridge with micro tuning screws, black with a white pickguard and maple fingerboard. I will never forget the new smell coming out of the case!
     

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  15. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

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    Yep. I just modded my P-Bass into a P/J (w/full active EMG compliment) and installed an EMG concentric Volume/Volume knob as well as a BTC.
     
  16. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

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    The short-lived PJ, which as has been noted, evolved into the Jazz Bass Special. Predates the JP90 by about five years I believe.

    The one with the reversed P coils was the Power JBS.

    John
     
  17. jonathanhughes

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    Awesome info. Thanks, everyone! I mistakenly thought they were making them earlier. Then I guess my next question would be, who was the first to modify a P Bass with a J pickup?

    I have absolutely no idea why I need to know this, by the way.
     
  18. atomicdog

    atomicdog Supporting Member

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    Makes me nostalgic for my P-Lyte. Must head for the garage . . .
     

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