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Can you tell which is a P-bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by finfrocka, Jan 19, 2012.


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  1. finfrocka

    finfrocka

    Jul 12, 2005
    San Diego
    Ok guys, which is the P bass?

    Option 1:



    option 2:

     
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  2. Wow tricky. The both have a certain P-ness about them (snigger)

    I vote 1.
     
  3. finfrocka

    finfrocka

    Jul 12, 2005
    San Diego
    I'll tell you what, you guys are going to be surprised which the p bass is.
     
  4. JavierFarias

    JavierFarias

    Feb 9, 2011
    Chile
    tell us!
     
  5. finfrocka

    finfrocka

    Jul 12, 2005
    San Diego
    The second track is the true p bass. The first track was a schecter stilleto elite 4 with the neck pickup solo'd. The schecter is an active bass as well. The P is passive.
     
  6. Spambusta

    Spambusta

    Jan 11, 2012
    knew it! but...i'm playing my p-bass right now :D
     
  7. finfrocka

    finfrocka

    Jul 12, 2005
    San Diego
    I was shocked about how good the schecter can nail a p bass tone. I can tell a difference between the two recordings but not a defining difference. They both have some good low mid action which is usually a good sign.
     
  8. JavierFarias

    JavierFarias

    Feb 9, 2011
    Chile
    Yay!!! now I feel really important!

    I thought it was the second track because I have a Jaguar bass with a P neck that, in active mode, sounds really like a P bass with the neck pup solo'd.
     
  9. cassius987

    cassius987 Banned

    Apr 20, 2007
    Denver, CO
    I don't know, the second one sounds like every P Bass I've ever tried in a store, and the first one doesn't so much. To me, that is. Maybe I just guessed lucky but I felt like this one was pretty clear-cut?
     
  10. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Qu├ębec
    You have quite a loud backround noise....
     
  11. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    And your rhythm for Runaway is a bit off :p
     
  12. conqr

    conqr

    Feb 16, 2009
    Just goes to show what a lot of us have said - a LOT of dual pickup basses can nail the 'P' tone with the neck pickup.
     
  13. bottomend!

    bottomend!

    Oct 23, 2007
    here
    I could tell when you got to the lowest note that it was #2. A real P doesn't have that kind of smooth low end as the bass in example #1.
     
  14. JonahTheAmazing

    JonahTheAmazing

    Dec 19, 2010
    I bet neither of them are P basses!

    I guess bass 2. The first sounded to me like some sort of humbucker like pickup, Musicman, or something like that. The second track sounded much clearer, and I could never tell the difference between an active and passive bass. Total guess for me, really.

    EDIT: I listened again, so deceiving! Eager for the answer though. Love these sound polls.

    Excellent playing by the way, whatever that was, I dig it.
     
  15. finfrocka

    finfrocka

    Jul 12, 2005
    San Diego
    Ya it was a little bit, but I wasn't being too picky with the recording, i just wanted to throw something together real quick. But your right, upon a second listen i know exactly what you are referring to.

    And as for the background noise, I didn't even notice it until just now when i whipped out my headphones. (i didn't check the recording on a quality sound device) But, I'm sure its because of the way i recorded it because I did it differently.
     
  16. i wanted to say 1, but i just knew it was going to be 2....
     
  17. He already answered it in post #5. I was hoping the op would hold off telling us the answer a little later too.
     
  18. finfrocka

    finfrocka

    Jul 12, 2005
    San Diego
    I didn't want to but plenty of people votes for the wrong one so I figured it was enough to justify answering. I figured most people would vote before reading the thread anyway.
     
  19. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    Massachusetts
    I thought it was the first. It sounded the fattest of the two and it has the mid-fart/burp that I associate with a good P-bass. I thought the second was a Jazz.
     
  20. The second bass is a Rogue Junior bass and the first one is a Fukai Project-P one, I'm sure!
     

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