Just got a Fender P Blacktop. Thought it would be beefier.d

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  1. Simononstyle

    Simononstyle

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    Any comments on the Blacktop or help on improving the sound. Maybe I'm just not used to new guitars !!!
  2. capncal

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    try cranking your amp to 11.
  3. Simononstyle

    Simononstyle

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    Yeah tried that but I usually play at 12 so couldn't hear it..
  4. N.F.A.

    N.F.A. Supporting Member

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    Changing the strings maybe? Raising the pups a bit?
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  6. RCCollins

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    beefier than what?

    what kind of amp are you using?
  7. Simononstyle

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    My first step is changing the stings, although E is beefy the the rest are ringing a bit..
  8. gjbassist

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    Have you given it a proper setup and adjusted the pickup height?
  9. Simononstyle

    Simononstyle

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    Using a Marshall practice at the moment . Have had it full pelt with a peavey in practice rooms. I maybe just need to get used to the sound.
  10. MrMolding

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    I put a pair of NOS Schaller PBXs (Dimarzio Model P Clones) in mine with DR High Beams and it sounds very boomy and rich. Just amazed at the difference.
  11. Vince Klortho

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    I have one and I really like the tone. My bandmates do too. Especially when I play it loud through my full stack.
  12. rubbadubdub

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    It's a shame they didnt put a pair of mm type pups in there. That set up sounds awesome. I would have thought what amounts to four j pickups should be pretty large sounding though. If you fitted two sets of Duncan quarter pounders you would get a huge tone but it would be expensive and there's no guarantee that you would like the tone. If it were my bass I would consider routing it for two Wilkinson mm pups. Awesome tone for very low cost. A little drastic though on such a nice bass otherwise.
    Heavier strings make a big difference. Maybe try some chromes or Fender flats. I was amazed when I put some 40-100 gauge Fender flats on my P bass. Very thick and fat tone. I imagine even more so with the heavier gauge set.
  13. StrangerDanger

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  14. bassmachine2112

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    Cut the tone back a bit,they can be clangy full open.
    Listen to Green Day to see what I mean

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