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Bass/pickup for this type of tone?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FloydianPT, Feb 13, 2014.


  1. FloydianPT

    FloydianPT

    Jan 22, 2013
    Portugal
    Hey guys,

    First of all, sorry if this isn't being posted in the right section, I didn't know if I should post this here or in the Pickups forum.

    Anyways, I'd like to ask you guys if could help me out with a tone related question. I'm trying to figure out which bass I should get when I make the "leap" and get a "real" bass, and it's either going to be a Fender Precision or a Jazz (I currently have a Squier P).

    To help me decide I would like to know if anyone could help me by telling me how to achieve the kind of bass tones like the ones in these 70s portuguese prog rock jems:



    I know for a fact that both albums were recorded with a Fender Jazz, but I prefer the body of a Precision, so is there any way to get close to this tone with a Precision or do I really need to get a Jazz?

    Thanks, and sorry for the trouble!
     
  2. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I think you answered your own question. You'll need a J to get that tone.

    No, a P bass will not sound like a J.
     
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  4. FloydianPT

    FloydianPT

    Jan 22, 2013
    Portugal
    I see. Do you think a P/J could get me close enough?
     
  5. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    A PJ is way more P than J, but a different animal than either.
     
  6. FloydianPT

    FloydianPT

    Jan 22, 2013
    Portugal
    I understand. Thank you very much for the help, I guess I'll just try them both when the time comes and decide which one fits me best :)
     
  7. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    That's certainly the best thing to do. I wouldn't worry too much about swapping pickups just yet. Also keep in mind that strings play a huge role in tone as well, so finding the right set can be crucial in finding that elusive tone.
     
  8. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 31, 2012
    Toronto
    Disclosures:
    Hammersmith Music
    I don't know why out of all their pickup configurations, Fender hasn't figured out that a JJ setup on the smaller P body would be smart.

    Floydian - you could get yourself a Precision that you like, then make a new pickguard to replace the P pickup with another J. I'm doing that now.
     
  9. Clouz

    Clouz The Ayatollah of Jack and Cola

    Jan 26, 2013
    build a warmoth for the price of a new Fender Jazz and it can have a P body with JJ pick ups. like this one.

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