Describing the P-Bass Thump

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bgavin, Feb 24, 2002.

  1. I took the new MIM P to its second gig, and am starting to get an understanding of the P thump a bit more.

    I've noticed a characteristic that is present, and more detectable when the tone control is turned all the way to roll off the highs. Every note, every string, seems to have a noticeable thump and a rapid decay. The sustain is still there, but the amplitude seems much lower than a J sustain.

    The mental image I get is this:

    Link to P-Bass Thump Image
  2. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    More or less.

    Power to the P-ple!
  3. I think that's because the midrange is much more prominent in a P bass's sound than a Jazz bass, especially a Jazz with both p/ups on.

    the midrange punch element has a strong attack and a quick decay.
    the decay of the fundamental should be about the same (maybe the sustain of the fundamental on a P should be even greater than on a J due to the wider (and more rigid) neck).