Best non-Fender P-Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by meursault42, Jun 3, 2012.

  1. meursault42


    Jun 21, 2006
    Tim Lefebvre loves the Moollon P-Classic, but those are expensive and tough to get your hands on here in the States. I'm sure there are plenty of opinions on this. I've tried the Lakland Glaubs and a Nash, but none of those seemed quite right. Thoughts?

    Challah :D
  2. meursault42


    Jun 21, 2006
    They don't make a P, right? The SB-2 is the closest thing they've got, at least to my knowledge.
  3. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Just out of curiosity, why not get a Fender? The AVRI's are outstanding.
  4. meursault42


    Jun 21, 2006
    Curious question I guess. I have a CS NOS '59. To be honest, I'm on the fence about it. Fenders are so inconsistent. You've gotta comb through a dozen or so instruments to find a keeper. I bought the CS rather impulsively, and while I think it's a good instrument (certainly better than your average P), I'm not sure that it was quite all it was cracked up to be. Perhaps if I really spent some time trying out AVRIs, I might happen upon one that really jumps out at me. I think the key to finding a good P is finding one that really has that kind of "open" sound to it. Good Ps seem to "breathe" for lack of a better way of putting it.
  5. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    My fave P pup basses are gonna be BC Rich.
  6. bassfreakah


    Mar 26, 2011
    Endorsing Artist Ernie ball strings
    I love my peavey fury with p pickup!!! it kicks ass. for no money.
  7. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Maybe I got lucky or I'm not that picky, but barring their setup, all of the 08'+ MIA P's and AVRI's that I've played have been pretty nice. Of the 3 I own, my 57' really shines. It's super light, sounds amazing, and "breathes" as you say :)

    Have you looked at Lull?
  8. meursault42


    Jun 21, 2006
    Yes, Lulls are built for speed and rather modern feeling to me. Nice instruments, just not what I'm after.

    I'll have to have a sit down with the AVRIs...
  9. Bulltrout

    Bulltrout Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Alberta
    Check out the modern SB1's. They're a P, but with a really muscular pickup.
  10. meursault42


    Jun 21, 2006
    Do they still manufacture the SB-1s?
  11. Bulltrout

    Bulltrout Supporting Member

    Jun 13, 2007
    Edmonton, Alberta
    I believe they do, but that you have to special order them. You can find them on auction sites fairly regularly though.
  12. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    Lakland 44-64..US or Skyline version.....because:

    1) quality
    2) fit and finish
    3) sound (either modern or vintage pickup choice)
    4) feel]
    5) GREAT (and I mean GREAT and personal) customer service
  13. Sandberg make great P-Clones:

  14. 64jazzbass

    64jazzbass Supporting Member

    Sep 5, 2002
    Chicago, Il
  15. gitlvr


    Nov 13, 2009
    No. Va., USA
    There's a TB member here, I believe his username is JohnK_10. Builds killer Fender type P and J basses. Prices seem really reasonable, and build time is faster than you would believe. I'd consider him. If I did not build my own, that's where I'd go. MHO.
    A link
  16. jschwalls


    Sep 4, 2007
    Savannah GA
    Best non Fender Pbass ..... winner is

    Bluesman Vintage

    John Scott hands down builds the best P-Bass I've ever played.

    I have always been a PBass guy for nearly 25 years... heck even my phone number is NOJ-BASS

    Once I discovered what Bluesman was doing I sold my basses and started playing his stuff. WAY cheaper than owning a real Vintage Fender and they sound/play better than alot of the vintage stuff I have had my hands on.
  17. tabdog


    Feb 9, 2011