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Anyone making a neck through P bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Sharko, May 29, 2012.

  1. Sharko


    Jun 18, 2009
    Washington, DC
    And I'm not talking a neck through bass with a P pickup, I mean a P shaped bass that is neck through.

    If not, would I be able to make one using a Carvin neck through kit and a pawn shop P bass?
  2. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    It wouldn't be a P bass.
    It would be bass with a P style pick up.
    If it doesn't say Fender somewhere on the headstock, It isn't a P bass.
  3. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
  4. Sharko


    Jun 18, 2009
    Washington, DC
    1) I said I wanted a P shape, not a p pickup
    2) Tell that to all the lakland/schecter/squier players out there
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  5. Sharko


    Jun 18, 2009
    Washington, DC
  6. BillMason


    Mar 6, 2007
    Semantics... Pretty much everyone considers a P shape body with one P pickup a P bass regardless of manufacturer. It's not a "Precision", but it's a P bass. When it comes to language and word choice, if most of the people using the language consider it so, then it is so. "Ain't" in fact *is* a word which means a contraction of "am not," despite what grammarians say about it, and also despite what grammarians say, a preposition is just fine to end a sentence with. So P bass it is.
  7. [​IMG]
    I made one in school. Seymour duncan quarter pound P / J w OBP-2 preamp, 9V.
    It produces pretty good tone even with P only.
    Maple / Mahogany Strip neck.
  8. J Gold

    J Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2011
  9. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Just like Kleenex isn't Kleenex unless it says Kleenex on the box. But, I still call all tissue Kleenex, 'cause that's what we called all tissue when I was a kid. And, I call my Lakland Duck Dunn a P-Bass, even though Lakland can't call it that legally. ;)

    IMO, the Carvin LB70 isn't really close to a Precision body. It certainly feels different to me ergonomically, too. It's a great body style, though, and I wish Carvin offered P style pickups!
  10. I would think that making a P-bass as a neck-thru would change the bass too much to retain any of it's "P-ness" (LMAO!!).

    Think about it. A neck-through's neck and headstock angle is totally different than a bolt-on. Plus the headstock angle would change things too.

    IMO, you could make a neck-thru that LOOKS like a P, but it would have a completely different feel, and possibly sound.

    I may be wrong, just my distorted early morning thoughts.
  11. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Just because it's a neck through doesn't mean it has to be a tilt back headstock. Look at the Fernandes link above, and you'll see a neckthrough with Fender style headstock, string retainer and all. :)

    There is no reason the neck profile would necessarily have to be different, either.
  12. lfmn16

    lfmn16 Supporting Member

    Sep 21, 2011
    charles town, wv

    It's funny how even though everyone knows what the OP is talking about, there's always someone that wants to argue. :rollno:
  13. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Well to each their own, but all a neck-thru ever did for me was add sustain, and I'm not a big sustain nut by any means. But if you want one bad enough, a custom builder will be happy to build one for you.
  14. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
  15. ShiftyShift


    Mar 12, 2012
    I'm surprised there aren't many, as its one of the most famous body styles. And, yes, you COULD use the Carvi neck-through neck to build a neck through with a pawn shop P-Bass, But its a lot easier to glue wings to the neck through and cut out your own P-Bass
  16. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    seibass have made a couple.
  17. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Say wait a minute. I've got a P-bass. And it doesn't say Fender on the headstock. It seems to say Squier up there. And I KNOW it's not a Fender because it's a 5 string PJ and Fender doesn't make those.
  18. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    This is going to be tough unless you can find a maker that sells one. As far as I know Carvin kits are bolt-on. In fact bolt-on P-bass kits and parts are all over the place. So getting a P-bass body is simple. The problem is that all the P-bass necks out there are bolt on. And the neck, string spacing etc. of the P-bass is what makes it the wonder it is. So you'd somehow have to duplicate the dimensions of a bolt-on P-bass neck in a longer neck-through piece of wood. That's the problem. You can buy a neck-through neck (say from Carvin) but it won't duplicate the P-bass dimensions.

    See what I mean?
  19. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches

    Aug 21, 2006
    Denver, CO
    I know for a fact that Chris Stambaugh would build you one.
    Busby likes this.
  20. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    I've played a Yamaha PJ bass that was neck through. Very nice bass. No tilt-back headstock.

    On a similar subject, does anyone make a neck through bass that's shaped like a jazz bass and has the same pickup configuration?

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