Love the look, but need a modern sound

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  1. jd_watt

    jd_watt

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    Hi everyone,

    I've been playing an American Precision for some time, and I've never been completely thrilled with the tone. It's great for many things, but I've always craved a more hi-fi, perhaps active sound. My musical tastes have changed somewhat over the last year. I've been into much more aggressive, technical metal such as The Dillinger Escape Plan, hardcore such as Converge, and other stuff like Mastodon (although the band I play in currently is much more psychedelic/electronic influenced).

    Here's the rub: I really, really like the look and feel of the P Bass; it's a classic. But, again, the sound just isn't inspiring me. It might seem kind of shallow, but I just can't get on board with the appearance of many so-called "metal" basses. I realize there's no such thing as a totally genre-specific bass, but aesthetically, many don't appeal to me (though they sound awesome).

    So, how do you feel about it? Would you look for mods? Look for a new bass? How do you feel about digging an instrument's look, but feeling lack-luster about it's sound? Thanks for having a look!
     
  2. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

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    the exact one i have, does get more modern sounding than this. and Jody
    is the man that sold it to me! (he has a special place in my heart now)
    watever u decide on, gl....its a subjective thing
     
  3. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    I'd keep the P bass and get a second bass for your more aggressive pursuits..

    Look at Ibanez SRs, Music Man Bongos and / or Warwick..
     
  4. 2behead

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    Read up on and try some new pickups. Or a pre amp of some sort in front of your amp.
     
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  6. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member

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  7. DwaynieAD

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    get a jazz, play it like you're beating a rented mule. aggressive!
     
  8. gre107

    gre107 Supporting Member

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    Sadowsky Jazz is the way to go!
     
  9. snarebear

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    ESP LTD would fit the bill and not break the bank so you can keep the P bass too.
     
  10. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

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    +1

    But...they are costly. You should consider a used Lakland 55-01 or 55-02. If you prefer 4-string, try the 44-01 or 44-02. There are lot's of finishes, they are highly "mod-able," and cheap. The quality is very very high, and plenty of modern sounds are available, as they are active and have with soap bar or J+MM pickup configurations. Not P-bass or Jazz clones.

    An external pre works, but they are harder to adjust on the fly. :ninja:
     
  11. tink9975

    tink9975 Supporting Member

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    Look for a PBass with a PJ pickup configuration. Then you can keep the look and get more of the sound you want.

    EMG's would help get the more modern sound as well.
     
  12. RSBBass

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    Find one of the six billion decent P-bass copies out there and mod it with active pups like emg.
     
  13. Stone Soup

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    A lot of Metal guys are playing Sadowsky these days?
     
  14. awilkie84

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    *cough* Spector *cough*
     
  15. awilkie84

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    Doesn't Jason Newstead use a Sadowsky?
    Hell the bass player from The Pretty Reckless plays a 2TSB Fender P-bass. lol
     
  16. mark beem

    mark beem Gold Supporting Member

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    Ack! How'd I forget Spector?!?!?! Shame on me!! :oops: :bag:
     
  17. jd_watt

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    The Spector sound is really the sound I'm digging lately. Wish They made a bass that looked like a P or a P that sounded like a Spector. Herein lies the problem lol
     
  18. msact

    msact Gold Supporting Member

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    How about a G&L SB-2. They look and feel like a P bass, but are much more aggressive sounding.
     
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  20. bassgod0dmw

    bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    Add a J pickup in the bridge position of your P to turn it into a PJ, then add a preamp of some sort. Whether it be onboard or outboard is up to you...
     
  21. garmenteros

    garmenteros Junkyard Scout Gold Supporting Member

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