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PJ that works

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Needenaneden, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Needenaneden

    Needenaneden

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    What company makes a PJ that works like it should? One that covers the Precision thump and the Jazz growl and gets a great tone combing the two pickups? Does it exist?
  2. Denny Coon

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    Spector baby! All tha way!
  3. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Supporting Member

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    Sadowsky!

    And I was impressed with the one Alleva Coppolo PJ-5 that I played.

    Dan K.
  4. temmrich

    temmrich Supporting Member

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    Sandberg. Even though they flip the P it still sounds the best (to me).
  5. Luckydog

    Luckydog Supporting Member

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    Sadowsky has it figured out. It works.
  6. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

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    Sadowsky metro hybrid pj
  7. johndough247

    johndough247 Supporting Member

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    big +1 to Sadowsky...I have the reverse PJ though, but it still does all the things you asked about and does it quite well.
  8. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    I made one out of my 76 Precision with a Fender 62 CS pickup from the late 90's and a DiMarzio Ultrajazz.
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

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    Anything with EMG's or Bartolini's.
  10. millsbass5

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    I've realized if the Jazz pup is a little hotter than the P pup, it sounds more "balanced" with both volume full-on, or the pup blend knob at 50/50.
  11. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member

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    Spector and Sadowsky for sure!

    I tried many over the years and both nail it IMO...
  12. Bongolation

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    I don't know of a passive other than the pricey Fender Tony Franklin, because it alone does what you ask without trying to mix the pickups -- which simply doesn't work worth squat in V/V/T due to its inherent electronic problems.
  13. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

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    Go to go with Bikeplate on this one!
  14. halfjackson

    halfjackson Supporting Member

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    From my understanding, Mike Lull makes a great PJ. And ulike traditional P basses, it has a 21st fret.
  15. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

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    Nordstrand, Sadowsky, Lull, Fodera all work just fine.
  16. darkside 88

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    G&L and Yamaha make some great P/Js.
  17. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Registered Spector Addict Supporting Member

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    Another vote for Spector.
    Of my 4 Spectors, 3 have the P/J pups, and one of them is a USA NS-2, purchased just today - used - for about 1/2 the price of a new one. The USA is the gold stain finish, the white one is a Euro LX, and the plum one is an older Euro CRFM with the solid flame maple wings. The 2-band active EQ & pickup blend knob allows for a wide range of tones, all very musical & usable. Add the neck-thru design, classic Spector carved & contoured body and easy access to all 24 frets, and you have a well built, highly versatile & ergonomic instrument.

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  18. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

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    There is not a two pickup passive bass currently available that will sound like either of its respective forebears, IME. Get one, the other, or both but don't expect a PJ to be able to fully do what just a J or P can in the tone dept. I have never played an example whose pickups character has not been affected by the presence of another. I'm one of a million voices, so take it with a grain.
  19. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    Ya, kind of my thinking, too. I've tried it with a vintage style J and it didn't work out so well.
  20. jimc

    jimc Supporting Member

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    I've had a number of PJs both in 4 and 5 string versions. I've never wanted to emulate the sound of a P or J exactly and I agree that they don't do that. What they do is bring a variation on the P and J sound which sounds wonderful to my ears. 100% P + 90% J or vice versa is the sound I dig. Don't think of it as replacement for a Precision or Jazz, think of it as it's own unique voice.

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