How would you describe the p-bass sound?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dbt25677, Oct 20, 2013.

  1. Dbt25677


    Jun 9, 2013
    Boxy, smooth, thumpy, what have you.
  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Like a giant's footstep or Thor's hammer.
  3. Woody, thumpy and a defined low-mid bump, with flats that is. I hate P with rounds.
  4. Stormer


    Jul 24, 2012
    The sound of bass!
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  6. simenandreas


    Jan 23, 2011
  7. mokkat


    Jan 22, 2008
    it sounds precise, hence the name :ninja:
  8. Mostly okay, but when it starts to sound boring, there's almost nothing I can do. Precisely that sound to me.
  9. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Boxy and honky.
    A P/J sounds better balanced to me.
  10. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    A middy grind....and I mean that in a good way.
  11. OOZMAN


    Jun 16, 2010
    boring and doesnt cut through very well due to no bridge pup
  12. Doublesixes


    Feb 17, 2013
    So Cal
    Sounds like a handicapped Jazz Bass but better looking than his baby brother.
  13. zortation


    Dec 26, 2011
    Toronto, ON
    I like using the word "burnished".
  14. PJRL


    Mar 27, 2010
    greenfield center NY
    It's that classic bass sound....Big, good mid with punch.

    I like P bass & Jazz bass..
  15. NYCbassist

    NYCbassist Supporting Member

    Think of "Taking it to the Streets" By The Doobie Brothers. I would call it Fat, Full, Thumpy with Mid Growl. Pure Heaven. Always remember that about 90% of your tone is in your Fingers. The P-bass can sound very close to just about any tone on any Album by any Artist. No need for anything else IMO.
  16. ljazz


    Dec 10, 2002
    Cookeville, TN
    It doesn't need to cut, because it sits in a sonic space that should be fairly sparce of other instrumentation.... just above the kick. A bit of grunt dialed in from your amp, and you really don't need a lot of volume to be heard or felt.
  17. Nobody


    Jul 14, 2004
    No such thing as the P bass sound. I have heard lots of different recordings and live performance using a P bass and there were and are many different sounds that a P bass makes. There are so many different kinds of pickups, strings, hardware, amps, etc. that can make a difference as to how a bass sounds that it is impossible to describe a singular P bass sound. It is a myth that there is a P bass sound.
  18. deste


    Sep 14, 2009
    Bologna, Italy, Europe
    Endorsing Artist: GullanskyLab pickups
    Does an universal "P-bass Sound" exists?
    The P sound I like (tone almost rolled off; a little bit of trebles, no hi-mids, lo-mids and basses flat) and use only in the blues band I play in, is like a fat woman (man) holding you in her (his) arms...
    (anyway, I'm a J-guy)
  19. There are things that just have to be experienced or "felt". That is a P bass to me. I have owned many basses over the years never really knowing what I was looking for. When I finally landed in a band and purchased my first p bass I knew I found it.

    I still have a hard time describing it but all my other basses just didn't sound right while jamming with my band. Something about the richness of the tone that converted me to the P and now I own 3. They are simple and deliver that's all I need.
  20. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013
    Mere mortals can not describe the indescribable.
  21. halfjackson


    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Great example! I absolutely love the tone in that song.

    Although it's more limited in tone(s) than a bass with bridge and neck pups, I do think that different sounds can be had. In general, I would describe the P bass tone as chunky, thumpy, present, classic, and spectacular.