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P Bass Users, Were do you play your strings?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by jessicabass, Dec 2, 2013.


P Bass Users, Where do you play on the strings?

Poll closed Dec 7, 2013.
  1. Over pickup

    33 vote(s)
    58.9%
  2. Behind pickup

    14 vote(s)
    25.0%
  3. In front of pickup

    9 vote(s)
    16.1%
  1. jessicabass

    jessicabass

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2009
    Location:
    ohio
    Do you play over the pickup?
    Behind the pickup?
    In front of the pickup?
     
  2. elgecko

    elgecko

    Joined:
    Apr 30, 2007
    Location:
    Anasleim, CA
    All of the above.
     
  3. Fletz

    Fletz Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2009
    Disclosures:
    None - but willing to discuss!
    Yes. All those places.
     
  4. tmw

    tmw Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Oct 17, 2006
    Location:
    Glenmont, NY
    +1
     
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  6. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Joined:
    Dec 3, 2012
    I play them wherever and however I need, to get the sound I'm looking for.
     
  7. PJRL

    PJRL

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2010
    Location:
    greenfield center NY
    Most of the time over the P-up, but you can change you sound by moving around.
     
  8. 10cc

    10cc

    Joined:
    Oct 28, 2013
    Wherever they let me. No rules
     
  9. garak7

    garak7 Irritating the Neighbors Since 1964 Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 20, 2010
    Location:
    Bend, Oregon
    Mostly over.
     
  10. JoeWPgh

    JoeWPgh

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2012
    Different positions and different attack angles will produce different tones. This is true of all string instruments. Play around and find yourself a few favorite places.
     
  11. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Jan 30, 2011
    Location:
    Los Angeles, California
    All of the above are true. The simplicity of the P Bass leads one to pluck in all different spots to get the sond you are looking for
     
  12. bassie12

    bassie12

    Joined:
    Aug 23, 2008
    Media:
    1
    All of the above.
     
  13. FrednBass

    FrednBass

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2012
    over the neck/right behind the neck
     
  14. Schmorgy

    Schmorgy

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2012
    Location:
    Canada
    Between the tuners and the nut.

    SCREW YOUR SYSTEM
     
  15. Batmensch

    Batmensch

    Joined:
    Jul 4, 2010
    Location:
    Chester, Pa.,USA
    pretty much.
     
  16. stratovani

    stratovani

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2007
    Location:
    Spencer, MA, USA
    As a rule for fingerstyle I favor playing behind the pickup, but if needed I'll move up towards the neck. With a pick, however, I tend to play just a bit in front of the pickup.
     
  17. ZachariahLee

    ZachariahLee

    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2013
    Location:
    Texas
    Depends on the song, and existing tone knob setting.
     
  18. Kmonk

    Kmonk

    Joined:
    Oct 18, 2012
    Location:
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I usually rest my thumb on the pickup so I am playing slightly behind. However, I do move my position depending on the song so the answer to your question is all of the above.
     
  19. Robus

    Robus Supporting Member

    Joined:
    Aug 25, 2013
    Location:
    Chicago Area
    Everywhere from over the fretboard to as close to the bridge as I can get. Most often, just aft of the pickup.
     
  20. bkbirge

    bkbirge

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2000
    Location:
    Houston, TX
    Disclosures:
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    For mwah, as close up on the neck as I can get. For down home finger fonk it's just a hair to the neck side of the pickup. For rock grind it's over the pickup on the sweet tension spot for some real digging in. For articulation and when I want to get especially riffy like playing melody lines it's at the bridge for that burp. They all get used, all the time, often in the same song.
     
  21. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd

    Joined:
    Nov 29, 2006
    i touch her where she wants to be touched.
     

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