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
    Count me in!!
  4. I love Pearl Jam!!!
  5. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    pj is for me the best configuration.
  6. 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

  7. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz Supporting Member

    Oct 18, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI

    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.

  8. pilotjones


    Nov 8, 2001
    I loved my Pedulla with PJ setup.
  9. 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)
  10. 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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  11. Ari Schor

    Ari Schor

    Mar 3, 2000
    Pearl Jam RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    oh yah...PJ combination is my fav...great balance and killer tone...
  12. 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.
  13. BlackGeezer


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

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player 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.
  15. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Retired Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Yep, I like PJ.
  16. 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.
  17. John Davis

    John Davis Guest

    Mar 27, 2001
    Houston, Texas
    I love the PJ combonation on pickups! But PBJ is better. ;)
  18. 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. ;)
  19. If I had the money I'd get a good P-J bass. But the Jazz types are cool.
  20. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Portland, OR
    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...