best passive PJ model

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nikolozj, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. nikolozj


    Dec 15, 2011
    Hi tb
    I've been going through fender company website and many other sources to find usual Precision bass with single coil pickup in the bridge position, the model that they usually refer to "Precision Deluxe". Only models I found that were NOT signature models, were "Fender American Deluxe Precision Bass" and "Fender Deluxe P Bass Special".
    They're both made ACTIVE and expensive as well. I'd be glad to have even squier in the beginning but I'd hesitate to get average price Fender as well, if I have money of course :smug:

    What I need, is suggestions, what model should I be looking for? Customs?
    Even tho I'm a fender guy, I'd accept any other decent company models as well.

    affordable price for me would be 300-700$
  2. Rockin Mike

    Rockin Mike

    May 27, 2011
    You could get an active bass and just put a switch in to go into passive mode.
    Or just take the preamp out and wire it as all passive.
  3. Have a look at the Squier or Fender Modern Player Jaguar PJ's.
  4. vgbob


    Jan 15, 2007
    G&L Tribute SB-2.
    G&L is considered to be the latest of Leo Fender's designs.
    The Tribute line are the Asian versions of the same models
    made in the USA. They claim the pickups are USA made.
    The controls are a bit different, in that it is two volumes.
    And they have a Jazz style thin neck, which I happen to like.
  5. sricks3


    Dec 6, 2007
    Duluth, GA
    There are plenty of pj basses in that price range, especially if you don't limit yourself to Fender/Squier. Many of them are quite good, too. As one example, check out the Yamaha BB series.

    The extra work might not be worth it to you, but as an alternative, I just added a jazz pickup at the bridge to a knock-off P-bass that I already had. It turned a great sounding bass into an amazing sounding bass, and I've put less than $300 into the who thing (including initial purchase of the bass).
  6. nikolozj


    Dec 15, 2011
    Rockin Mike
    sure, but that 9v battery hole on the back of the body is killing me :(
    it might be nothing technically, but I don't like it.

    I forgot to mention: I like jaguar basses and I don't think their bodies are ugly, but I still prefer classic design.

    I don't limit myself, but I've been hypnotized by Fender neck mostly I think. Of course I could change neck and attach fender neck on other bass and like you did, put bridge pickup manually and all that stuff... but I just wanna get out and get a bass. I've been working recently on body finish and it took me 5 months to refinish it... I don't really want to experiment anymore, I just want an instrument to play.


    That is very nice bass, but it has humbucker in bridge and neck also looks a bit wider at nut. Fender P necks are wider than J necks, but I don't think even P is that wide..
  7. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
  8. nikolozj


    Dec 15, 2011
    btw, has anybody ever seen or heard of a P bass that would have its pickups placed the way when first two string pickup is closer to neck and last two string pickup is closer to bridge?

    like this
  9. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
  10. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    Stewartsville, NJ
    The link I posted above is a Reverse P design.
  11. I can't think of any names of hand, but they do definitely exist.
  12. Catbuster


    Aug 25, 2010
    Louisville, KY.
    Yamaha BB424
  13. SherwoodGreen

    SherwoodGreen Banned

    Dec 25, 2012

    Altho I splurged (glad I did) on the Japanese-built BB2024X-

    Absolutely top-of- the chain instrument.

    Attached Files:

  14. Itouchdownthere


    Jan 24, 2013
  15. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Fender, EBMM, Rickenbacker, BSX. I'm Marc! Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA

    +1 - but the lack of tone control would drive me nuts personally.

    Also, the Deluxe P Special used to be passive prior to 2004 I think. Worth checking out a used one if you can find it.
  16. 4StringsEnough


    Mar 9, 2008
  17. Yacker


    Feb 4, 2013
    You could always buy this one off me ;) ImageUploadedByTalkBass1360444533.493997.
  18. SBsoundguy


    Sep 2, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Spectors and Ibanezs


  19. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Brace Audio; Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings
    ESP has their Vintage PJ plays and sounds well too...Cost is VERY affordable....I am a Fender guy but......