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J vs. P

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by capncal, Dec 11, 2012.


  1. capncal

    capncal

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    This perhaps isn't a fair comparison as I've an American Standard P Bass and and Indonesian Squire J.

    But I've noticed the J likes the pick a lot more than the P. Much more attack and clarity from a pick vs. fingers on the J.

    The P sounds great, don't get me wrong. But switching from fingerstyle to pick style doesn't have the impact on the P like the J.

    Is this just the make of basses I've got, or do Jazz basses in general accept the pick treatment better than P's?
     
  2. msb

    msb

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    Sounds like you might have purchased a defective pick .
     
  3. Salamenster

    Salamenster

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    What PU-config were you using?
     
  4. benlauziere

    benlauziere

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    +1.

    P bass should be more aggressive with a pick than a J with a pick. Js are usually played with fingers.
     
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  6. capncal

    capncal

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    i'm playing the J with both pick ups full on. and i've tried various pick makes.

    the P sounds great, pick or fingers. i can just tell a bigger difference switching to a pick on the J.
     
  7. CapnSev

    CapnSev

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    The sound of a P bass with flats and a pick with the tone wide open is one of the coolest bass sounds ever!
     
  8. phillybass101

    phillybass101

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    I'm not touching this with a ten foot pole. Don;t you know not to say anything bad about the P-Bass?
     
  9. CharlieC

    CharlieC Supporting Member

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  10. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

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    The tones created depend greatly on the area of the string you strike in its relation to the position of the pickup..Basically,closer to the bridge gets you a brighter tone and further up the neck gets your warmer,"rounder" tones,regardless of pickup configuration..
     

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