How would you describe the p-bass sound?

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  1. Dbt25677

    Dbt25677

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    Boxy, smooth, thumpy, what have you.
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  2. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Like a giant's footstep or Thor's hammer.
  3. Salamenster

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    Woody, thumpy and a defined low-mid bump, with flats that is. I hate P with rounds.
  4. Stormer

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    The sound of bass!
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  6. simenandreas

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  7. mokkat

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    it sounds precise, hence the name :ninja:
  8. bread903

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    Mostly okay, but when it starts to sound boring, there's almost nothing I can do. Precisely that sound to me.
  9. kcole4001

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    Boxy and honky.
    A P/J sounds better balanced to me.
  10. Mike M.

    Mike M.

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    A middy grind....and I mean that in a good way.
  11. OOZMAN

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    boring and doesnt cut through very well due to no bridge pup
  12. Doublesixes

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    Sounds like a handicapped Jazz Bass but better looking than his baby brother.
  13. zortation

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    I like using the word "burnished".
  14. PJRL

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    It's that classic bass sound....Big, good mid with punch.

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

    NYCbassist Supporting Member

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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. Wallygator

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    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

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    Mere mortals can not describe the indescribable.
  21. halfjackson

    halfjackson Supporting Member

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    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.

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