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Close to a P bass without being a P bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Sep 19, 2013.


    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    What basses have you played or owned that are not P Basses but nail the P Bass tone? The Epiphone Jack Casady Bass to my ears delivers what an acoustic P bass would sound like. The G&L MFD humbucker comes close as well in some settings.
  2. whizzkidd4


    May 28, 2013
    Glendale CA
    this guy sounds like a pbass on steroids..ask anybody who has one.. IMG_0587_zps7676b562. w/c would be rare..this is the mid 80's model..and it's got this greenish bloblike paint job that I have never seen on any guitar..beautiful voice tho..active/passive..neckthru..Japanese..just love it..
  3. Musicman big al SSS. Superb p bass esque tones in there
  4. wave rider

    wave rider

    Jan 5, 2005
    Peavey MIA Fury.

  5. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    the Intergalactic Mind Space
    Song Surgeon sofware
    Ibanez Musician
  6. SlugThrower

    SlugThrower Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    Or an Ibanez ATK!
  7. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    MIJ Mustang. It looks like a mini pbass but it sounds huge.
  8. VeganThump


    Jun 29, 2012
    South Jersey
    As far as my PBass needs go, a jazz bass with the neck pickup soloed is close to a P as I'll ever need.

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    To me the Mustang is a bit of a different voice. The short scale, and smaller pickups give it a bit of a deeper tone than a 34" P-Bass.

    I dig the Casady Signiture. It does get kind of in the ballpark of a Precision. Sits great in the mix. Still... nothing does a P-Bass like a P-Bass ;)
  10. msact


    Jan 8, 2013
    Somewhere in NJ
    My 1979 Washburn Vulture I can get very close.
  11. T-34


    Aug 11, 2005
    France, Paris region
    G&L 1000 to some extent
  12. ack

    ack Why Can't We All Get Along?

    Nov 19, 2006
    Somewhere near Raleigh
    I agree. I have both the split-P and a slanted Super Ferrite versions of the MIA Fury, and they're both good P-basses.
    The Patriot with the single SF also does a great job at it.
  13. Turlu

    Turlu Supporting Member

    Sep 11, 2000
    Ottawa, Ontario CANADA
    My lovely Lakland 44-64 custom bass nails the P Bass Tone perfectly, with a neck to die for !!!! I have never been tempted to lean towards a 'P' Bass, but now that is all I am looking for !!!! I want to have a Custom Shop Classic Closet Pro Precision Bass sooooo bad !!! But, my Lakland fulfils my current GAS needs too !
  14. Line 6 Variaxe
    The P-Bass variations start about 1:56 into the demo.
  15. RED J

    RED J Lol Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    You didn't say whether or not a bass with a P bass pickup, a clone if you will, is considered a P bass for sake of your question, I see a few here, and them pulling it off comes as no surprise, I have a couple.
    If what you meant was a bass with non Split P pickup that pulls of a P Bass tone pretty well, my Peavey Foundation Super Ferrite on the neck pickup does a good job, IMO. My two Jazz basses on neck pickups ( both have Dimarzio Model J humbuckers ) do a pretty good job IMO
  16. superblues

    superblues Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    St. Louis, MO
    Bob Babbitt's Jazz Bass on Signed, Sealed, Delivered.
  17. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    G&L SB-1
    G&L SB-2 with Tone control added
    Peavey Fury
    G&L LB-100

    All of these will nail a Fender P sound, 100%. With the MFD pickups, all you have to do is dial back the volume a bit.
  18. TC.65


    Dec 20, 2008
    Carbondale IL
    I'll go with the MIA Peavey Fury. One of the best sounding and playing basses I've ever owned or played. Mine is a late 80's or early 90's model with a split pickup.
  19. ggvicviper

    ggvicviper Yamaha, Fender, Rickenbacker, BSX. I'm Marc!

    Jul 16, 2011
    East Meadow, NY, USA
    G&L L5000 (right). Does this count?

  20. eldoryder

    eldoryder I just LOVE me some Vintage Peaveys! Supporting Member

    Jun 27, 2011
    Nacogdoches, TX
    For an older version of the Peavey Super Ferrite pickup which nails (or surpasses) the "P" sound, I give you the Peavey T-20: