Any P - J fans?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JimS, Nov 24, 2001.

  1. There was this "Precision vs Jazz" thread but... are there any P-J fans?

    I ask because I have only one yet nevertheless incredible bass: a Sadowsky 4 string jazz quilt maple on ash body + maple fingerboard. I'm thinking of getting a Sadowsky PJ 4 maple-topped alder body + rosewood fingerboard bass as a second and probably final bass (don't laugh, most of GAS is pooped out and lies with guitars). I played a Sadowsky PJ 5 with the same woods in May 2001 and just remember being blown away and smiling my ass off when I walked out of Roger's demo room.
  2. I really like the PJ set-ups. Both the traditionals (fender, Sadowsky vintage) and the newesr stuff, 80's kramers, and other pointly headstocks.

    I really love the depth of sound in most P pickups, and then a variable amount of J pickup to get some cut.

    I would have to say that adding a P would be a great second piece with enough tonal difference to make it a "justifiable" puchase.

    I also perfer the P neck to the J neck. I know I am almost alone on that one.
  3. Tumbao


    Nov 10, 2001
  4. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    pj is for me the best configuration.
  5. I am building a P/J from Warmoth parts. I don't have a P-bass, but knew I wouldn't play it that often and have wanted to build a warmoth for several years.

    I'm hoping that I like it! :D

  6. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA

    if vic plays this...

    and stu plays this (albeit an eight string)

    who am i to argue :D

    i like em, but i like JJ better.

  7. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001
    I loved my Pedulla with PJ setup.
  8. yep- got 2 PJ basses- a Fender Precision Plus (the neck's 41mm at the nut) and a Warmoth home-made PJ (neck like a 70's P bass about 43mm at the nut). (the J on that's a double Jazz humbucker, with series/parallel/single selector switch)
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I just had a show last night & I brought my Spector NS-2 & it blew me away, again. I haven't played it in a while & I remember why I still have it. :)

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  10. Pearl Jam RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    oh yah...PJ combination is my fav...great balance and killer tone...
  11. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    My main bass right now is a Fender JP-90. This thing really knocks me out, tonewise, and I've got my Precision up for sale as a result. I'm not sure I'll get another P-J, but I'll definitely get something that has that Jazz bridge sound available.

    JP-90's are kind of klunky looking, but mine is very playable and sounds really good.
  12. BlackGeezer


    Aug 21, 2001
    I have a Washburn XB-102 (no laughter please) and it has the PJ style and i love it.
  13. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    I need a good P bass. After Christmas spending is over, I think that I am going to build a Warmoth super P/J-5 bass.

    Anyone know a good 5 string P bass pickup or P/J, not EMG, and with real P/J covers, not soapbars?

    Can you get ashtrays to fit a 5 string?

    I'm thinking tobacco sunburst over flame maple, with a red tortoise pickguard, lightweight elephant ear tuners, ebony board, and a Fender style headstock.
  14. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
  15. IMO, It depends on the jazz and p tone you are looking for. What body wood are u using? (I know ur using a flamed maple top.) I find alder has a great punch for a jazz bass.

    Personally, I love a warm but aggressive jazz bass tone, and believe it or not, i love the Duncan Basslines AJB-5. I know they are active, but I believe they sound terrific. Also check the Dimarzio Ultra Jazz 5. It isn't quite as warm as I would like, but still sounds good. (Both of these need modifications to fit modern fenders or something; check the websites.) Also, Bartolinis might be even better for you (milder sounding, more natural) if you dont like those other two. I like the 59J-L1.

    For 5-String P, I like Barts quite a bit. I specifically like the 58TC and 58ST (active).

    Make sure to check these fit ur bass.
    Hope this helps.
  16. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    I love the PJ combonation on pickups! But PBJ is better. ;)
  17. Thanks for the encouragement guys.


    For PUPs consider the Sadowsky P which he uses for 4 and 5 string basses.


    The body wood will be alder and the fingerboard Brazilian rosewood. I want to be able to play in Portuguese. ;)
  18. If I had the money I'd get a good P-J bass. But the Jazz types are cool.
  19. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I like the concept of a PJ...Heck, I own two, by coincidence, and I really dig it, when I'm sitting at home, with my practice amp. I've never really found a band use for the J sound. The P+J fits sometimes, but it's mostly straight P for me, at practice and home. Maybe better J pickups? They always sounded weak to me.

    Hey, why don't I ever see JP configs? With a J neck and a P in the bridge? Hu? I'd like to hear that...