Are P Basses Invincible?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by de la mocha, Jul 20, 2009.

  1. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    After watching a few bands over the weekend, I noticed that a lot of the bass players got up on stage with active 5 string basses, a few had pedal boards and almost everyone took a little bit too long adjusting the EQ on the house bass rig, a hartke aluminum 4x10 with the extra speaker in the middle, I forget the model.

    But then came this bass player with a lone P bass, no pedal board, and just adjusted the eq in a "frown face" and played his behind off!

    He destroyed the other bass players with cool bass lines and smooth bass runs using his fingers. His tone was mid heavy, but the mids were fat, with a lot of bottom, not thin sounding.

    Man, this man made me a P bass convert! Obviously, if you put any bass in this man's hands he would have no doubtedly killed it anyway but he CHOSE a Precision!

    It's something special about the purity and straight foward simplicity of a Precision. It's just so "shut up and play" :D
  2. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    Sounds to me like most of the bass players spend too much time fiddling with electronics. I'm not sure the guy you liked knew exactly what he was doing (a "frown face" is as unlikely to be a good EQ setting as a "smiley face" is...) but since much of the sound is in the fingers, I agree that he evidently knew what he was doing. Results speak for themselves.
  3. Greevus


    Apr 15, 2009
    P basses are freaking invincible. I've tried tons of different styles, brands, woods, and it just keeps coming back to Fender for me. The only other bass in its league style wise is the J. And it is pretty much a P ;)
  4. Frown face=boosting the mids essentially, right? Can't see how that is bad on a P. Thats why I love P basses. NO screwing around with tons of knobs and crap. Just plug in and rock and roll.
  5. I agree with you, I tried to get into all of the pedals and such. But I just couldn't, to me, A bass plugged straight into the amp sounds much better.
  6. +1 :D
  7. Greevus


    Apr 15, 2009
    You guys are just throwing wisdom now. GET 'EM!
  8. de la mocha

    de la mocha

    Aug 20, 2005
    I never did the "frown face" EQ setting but I'm curious as to how it would sound. Maybe that's his sound. They were playing ska and it was bright sounding and energetic, but a bit heavy. There were 2 guitarists.

    The singer/guitarist just muted his chords the whole time in a rhythm on each song, bearly recognizing the chords because they never rang out. The second guitarist just mirrored him but did all the solos. She was hot too. The bass player and drummer owned all the songs! They made the songs while the guitars just added some nice flavor.
  9. Surly


    Feb 2, 2007
    South Florida
    I used to like Ibanez and Musicman active basses, but after playing a Fender Jazz I fell in love (with Fender). I currently only use a P-bass, and own two. I love the simplicity of plugging in and adjust one tone knob a little bit. Overall I just love the sound of a P.
  10. I run a my eq in a frown face with my Ric, and bypass it for solo parts (to get a warmer bassy sound) but I love the boosted mid sound with it. Coincidentally I set it like a smiley face with all my other stuff.
  11. HogieWan


    Feb 4, 2008
    Lafayette, LA
    You're saying that a smiley face (bass and treb boost, mid cut) is a good setting?
  12. Greevus


    Apr 15, 2009
    P basses are invincible with a smile or a frown.
  13. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    P Basses = "shut up and play" ! :D
    I love my P Basses.
  14. RTL

    RTL Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2008
    Leander, TX
    Although I have a definite love for Boutiques, there's no denying the usefulness and familiarity of the venerable Precision. Even though it won't be my main bass, I will soon be picking up a brand new American Standard P5 in Olympic white/Tort/Rosewood. I just couldn't help myself :D

    After all, there's nothing quite like a good, warm P.
  15. I sure know that feeling... ordered a tobacco sunburst USA P5 last Friday! :D

    Edit: and a set of D'Addario Chromes for it. hehehe

  16. No, he's not saying that at all-read it again.
  17. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    My P and my MM Sabre have been getting all the love lately from me. My J and F bass and others are collecting dust. Sad but true.... ;)
  18. Yep... "plug and play" simplicity. Gotta love it.
  19. I read somewhere* that Chuck Norris has a restraining order against all Fender Precision basses. The man doesn't want them anywhere near him. :eyebrow:

    *I try to always re-read my posts before submitting. ;)

    On-topic/seriously, I've recently gone P-happy, using my fretless Ibanez lawsuit P(which happens to sound more *P* than some genuine Fenders I've played)most of the time, w/a MIM/Allparts Precision coming in a close second. They are indeed invincible in my little world. :)
  20. I have one pedal, and I use it for certain EQ settings saved into different slots. Otherwise, my Precision already has a great tone. I don't NEED a pedal for anything.