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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Raman, Feb 10, 2019.
Oh I brought my 63 AVRI to a few dive bars. I kept two eyes on it too!
After many years and lotsa $, I've learned that I am a J. I've tried all kinds of pickups, from P bass all the way to Humbuckers. It was only after my last purchase of a really nice PJ, I noticed that I always try and make those PUs sound like the JJs.
Somewhere in the middle?
P Bass for me!
What about the H’s?
Judging by the P that I currently own, I disagree.
Defintely a P guy, and P-only rather than PJ.
Though I'm also now a 5-string exclusive guy. 5-string P guys have far fewer options than 5-string J guys, although there are more P5 options today than at the turn of the millenium... you remember, the dark ages when folks were still insisting "bass only has four strings".
They do not exist for the purpose of this thread. That said, I suppose they could be included: single H in the P spot (which I like to call the G spot) versus dual H's in the J spots.
Oh for sure. I was a J guy when it was just me in the living room. Switched to Ps when I started playing out regularly. I never listened to much Stones, but we have 6-8 in our setlist, and man the tunes are fun play!
If I gotta take one, It's the J
J, especially if active.
I like the P, but find that I'm partial to that scoopy PU blend tone, so my favorite P's all have bridge PUs.
I started 50 years ago on a P then spent near 35 years on a J now back on a P. But, for me it’s about the neck profile and less about the pickups. My basses are 60’s & 70’s Fenders and I prefer fretless J-basses.
Ironically my current main bass is a P variant, but I'd still say J. I just really get on better with instruments with two pickups.
J all the way, even though I own 2 P's and no J's. There are sounds you can get with a J that you just can't get with a P. If I want a P sound with a J, I'll use just the neck pickup, adjust the EQ on the amp, and it'll get me close enough.
bass #1 - Dingwall with two Nordstrand Big Splits soapbars (so I guess in the P world)
bass #2 - Dingwall with two Nordstrand Big Singles soapbars (J world)
bass #3 - Kiesel fretless - two Radium single coil soapbars (J)
bass #4 - Rickenbacker 4003 stock pickups (J)
bass #5 - Warwick Katana NT with 2 MEC single coils (J)
bass #6 - Fender Geddy Lee Jazz Bass (duh)
bass #7 - Warmoth custom still under construction with a Nordstrand NP4A (split P) and a Nordstrand NJ4SE (J)
So... my favorite sounding bass is #1, but those Nordies are beastly and not at all a traditional P sound. I suspect that when I have #7 finished, I will run both pickups at full then roll off the J just a hair.
P, H, PJ, MM... It is all good. False dichotomy.
A year ago I'd have said P, now I'm leaning towards J, with a hint of P. In summary, carrots.