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Am I nuts to prefer the Longhorn over the P ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bobbadfinger, Feb 23, 2021 at 4:50 PM.

  1. Bobbadfinger


    Jan 23, 2020
    I know, different animals; but I like the midrange character of the Dano better, and "lack" of growl.
    Precision is considered THE bass to have and how it sits nicely in the mix etc etc but I'm just a guitar player hacking on the bass at home.

    Dano has Roto 77 flats, P sports TI Jazz rounds. Both are comfy to play - obviously the short scale has advantages to what I'm used for - and I managed to get that (one trick pony) tone I enjoy from both basses.

    I have lots of guitars, not my plan to start collecting basses. (okay, an 4001 wouldn't do me no harm)
    Question is: do I sell the P or get some flats to him ? :D

  2. They both sound good, play whichever one you prefer. If the Longhorn makes you want to play it more than the P does - there's your answer, right?
  3. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    Yes, but it is a good kind of crazy. :thumbsup:
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  4. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    I had both. They were great basses but the longhorn got more attention.
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  5. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2013
    I vote nuts, simply because you thought about selling the P. Get some flats for it and enjoy having 2 tricks in your stable.
  6. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    Given your technique, setup and playing style (Having watched at least most of a ninety second video, I consider myself an expert), I would say that the Dano suits you better. I think the tones are similar, but I agree the Dano sounds better in your hands.

    You can still try flats on the P, though. It isn't so big an expense that you shouldn't try that first before you decide whether or not to keep it.
    J R Knots, craig0316, dkelley and 2 others like this.
  7. msb


    Jul 3, 2002
    Halifax,N,S. Canada
    My Dano is my main bass . I'm an old Pbass guy .
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  8. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i'm with zoonose : it's about preference.

    also (and this is just IMO): the P-bass is something to 'settle' on if nothing else floats your boat --- you can't go wrong with one, but there are lots of options that are better/superior depending on your goals and 'style'. if you don't know what you want = get a p-bass...it works! "sits nicely in the mix" = BS! :wideyed: i.e., any ax will sit great in the mix, if attended to for that reason/goal. ergo: it's a myth! ....perpetuated by folks who don't have longhorns, or PJs, or Js, or ibanezes, or stingrays, or anything else that they like better.

    play what you want and give up trying to please the smallish herd by trying to 'belong'! good luck making up your own mind! :thumbsup:

    (i'd keep 'em both! :D )

  9. OT, but if I were you I'd put some heavier gauge strings on those or raise the action and get rid of the slap. I would put La Bella DTF on the P, probably on both actually. I think the P has a lot more presence and bottom.
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  10. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    My guess is the Rotos kinda settle the Dano a little. I think it sounds really good. And I'm playing a P with TI 10 minutes ago. And the Danos look cool in my opinion.
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  11. A great p with great flats is never redundant or superfluous in a bass man’s quiver. Period.

    I’d love to have a Dano Longhorn but can say for certain I’ll never not own a p bass or a few. (Currently 2 early single coils, 2 split coils, and 6 p/Js.)

    By the way, huge fan of Joey Spampinato of NRBQ and his work with a Dano and later Jerry Jones Longhorn . Usually through a SVT and 810.
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  12. JKos

    JKos Supporting Member

    Oct 26, 2010
    Torrance, CA
    Based on that recording, I think the P sounds better. Do you have other right hand techniques? Both basses can sound quite different by changing technique.
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  13. micguy


    May 17, 2011
    I do a lot of electrical rewirings for folks, and always characterize pickups impedance wise when doing that. (I design circuits for a living, so this stuff is right up my alley).

    Most P bass pickups have a peak in the upper midrange - the inductance of the pickup coil resonates with the capacitance of the cable - this gives the sound a signature. You can damp that resonance by turning down the tone knob a bit, but the rolloff above that is still there.

    Danelectro’s pickups are lower in inductance, so the high frequency rolloff occurs a bit higher frequency wise. They also damp the resonance; there’s no real peak to the response.

    Of course Danos are hollow (the tone masonite and tone air inside do contribute to the sound). That, and the pickup differences mean a Dano and a P will sound different.

    If I had both, I’d probably use both - having instruments with diverse voices is usually a good thing. It’s not “better” or worse - it’s just different.
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  14. dave64o

    dave64o Talkbass Top 10 all time lowest talent/gear ratio! Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 15, 2000
    Southern NJ
    I know this could seriously damage my Talkbass credibility but ....

    If you're really a guitar player who's just hacking on bass at home, then I'd say sell the Precision and put the money into guitar gear you'd actually use.
  15. selowitch

    selowitch Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2005
    Rockville MD
    I prefer the P but it’s completely up to you.
  16. Bobbadfinger


    Jan 23, 2020
    First of all thanks for all replies, some great info here.
    Other than quoting each, I'll try to address all in once here.

    I prefer to keep both really (unless I need the money), but not, I have all the guitar gear I need/want.
    I bought this P with flats actually (Chromes) which I didn't cared for, and heavy gauges are not my thing, but playability and easiness on fingers. I played on some La Bellas on a friend's bass, bridge cables even worse than Chromes (but sounded great for sure).

    Actually I think I have no technique at all, but I prefer tone of fingers. Don't care for bridge tones, but on Dano it's a bit too much over the neck indeed, due to no good place to rest the thumb...the "Geezer/Harris" slap was not intentional really. I play with a pick also, especially when there are too many notes to handle with poor right hand technique.

    I have some Pressurewounds on order (for both basses), so I guess this journey just started...
  17. wvbass

    wvbass Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2004
    West Virginia
    I'm a huge P-bass fan, but I agree with you about this. I think most recording engineers, if they are being honest, will tell you that they don't prefer a P bass because it is the best possible bass tone. They choose a P bass tone because it is "good enough" by default. Using a P bass saves time, and sadly, having a great bass tone isn't all that critical on most recordings.

    Of course, while any P bass is good enough in almost any situation, a great P bass has tone that is the best of all bass tones.
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  18. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    0000_1.jpg :thumbsup:
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  19. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    I've owned a Dano Silvertone bass for 42 years and have no problem playing it on my gigs instead of my P. I also had a Jerry Jones Longhorn which was fascinating...the Sadowsky of Danos :roflmao:

    With a pick, it really rules. For pick playing I would take it over the P any time. It also is nice for fuzz bass, because it doesn't sustain as well as a P so the added sustain of the fuzz is more mangeable.

    One of my favorite examples of a Dano bass in the hands of Joey Spampinato:

    Another great one, with Pete Townshend (!!!) on bass:

  20. Esteban Garcia

    Esteban Garcia bassist, arranger, aelurophile Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2018
    Portland, OR
    Nobody's nuts for liking what they like. :thumbsup: Good for you not succumbing to the group think.

    I'm not a danelectro fan, but don't let that stop you. If you don't like the P, there's no crime in letting it go.
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