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Cheap P with a Maple Fretboard In Europe?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mark76, Jul 5, 2017.

  1. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    Does such a thing exist and where is it?

    I looked at the Xaviere P basses but they charge an extra $214 for shipping. Iḿ not sure I want to pay that much P&P on a $189 instrument.
  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    What does Harley Benton have? I hear they're somewhat similar to Rondo / SX here? I know SX probably has something, but I don't think they ship to Europe.

    Just googled and found this one:
    Harley Benton PB-50 SB Vintage Series

    Don't know if that's what you're looking for, looks nice to me (I learned on a real '54 not entirely unlike that).
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  3. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    I went through the rest of the list and didn't see a maple board with a split P pickup, just the single coil above.
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  5. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    Is there much of a difference in sound between a single coil and a split coil P bass? If not then the HB certainly looks the way to go.
  6. @Mark76

    There is a difference,I don't think as much as folk claim but there's some sound clips in the links I posted.
    Give them a listen, the 2 comparing the Wilkinson Vs the Seymour Duncan are enlightening to say the least :thumbsup:
  7. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    Would you be a pal and give me links to the posts with the audio samples in rather than the entire threads?

    Cheers :thumbsup:
  8. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    The true single coil will be noisy, that's unavoidable, but they thump like nothing else. You can also get hum cancelling upgrade pickups in the single coil format ;)
  9. No problem. I've been plugging this bass for years and see no reason to stop now :D

    Here's Mark Smith playing his with La Bella flats if memory correct

    My mate Claudio A/B ing the pickups.

    Mark found the first had a EQ plugin so did another clip.

    HB Audio New.wav
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  10. An this video is good.

  11. Another great video with the PB-50.

  12. Glazenn


    May 16, 2011
    You can get an SX Vintage 57 Precision Bass (with a maple neck, in black or 2TS) at www.harrys-world-of-music.com - Index in Austria.
    £200/€225 incl. delivery to the UK and gig bag. These are very fine instruments. Also posted on ebay.

    Last edited: Jul 6, 2017
  13. Tried Squier VM series? They have some maple neck ones, with natural body, they look very good.
    More Squier: the Matt Freeman model is really good, and so is the Roger Waters one...
    Or you want cheaper? For something cheaper... I'd still get those, but find them used. :)
  14. Goteky45


    Oct 30, 2009
    SX SPB57-BK

    Here you go. 149€ with free shipping
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  15. Search over!
    Those SX basses are pretty nice.
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  16. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    I don't think Harry does much business outside the Germanosphere. Judging by the lack of language and currency options on his site.
    That's the chap. I'll bookmark the site for later :thumbsup:
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  17. Look on the top right where the flag is, you can change the currency and language there. Switch to English, select GBP... £130. That's a great price for quite a lot of bass. I have more experience with the guitars than basses, but the basses are pretty cool. I bought a Les Paul type of guitar with P90 pickups, set neck, all for the incredible amount of £124 back in 2005. I kept it stock. Just needed setting up, and the nut was a bit rough (part of setting it up anyway)... it's outperformed much more expensive guitars. At the time I played mostly guitar and I had something like 16 guitars. Today I only have three. Two stratocasters (one standard, another with humbucker and Floyd rose)... and the SX.
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  18. howlin


    Nov 15, 2008
    I'm Not There
    Just because you don't speak German doesn't mean he doesn't speak English. In this day & age that would be highly unlikely. And "in this day & age" a sale is a sale so I wouldn't write him off w/o trying if he actually has what you want. That said, if it were up to me I'd go with whatever Thomann has to offer. The best service. The best prices [usually]. And the best service IME over the past 10-years. People are ordering Sire basses from Thomann in the States when they can't get them direct from Sire FWIW. YMMV . . . :smug:
  19. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Half of my 4 Sires came from Thomann (my first 2) not because of availability but simply on price (with a major assist from then-favorable exchange rates). ;) Very happy with both Thomann and Sire. Sire does make the P7, and there is a maple neck option, but I think it's above OP's price range. Still inexpensive, but not "cheap".
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