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Dichotomia: Are you a P or a J

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Raman, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. P

    279 vote(s)
  2. J

    175 vote(s)
  1. Mantis Tobaggan

    Mantis Tobaggan Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2015
    Tampa, FL
    Oh I brought my 63 AVRI to a few dive bars. I kept two eyes on it too!
  2. Lava


    Jul 14, 2014
    El Paso, TX
    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.
  3. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Born under punches Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    Northern California
    Somewhere in the middle?

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  4. Herrick


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    P Bass for me!
  5. Hand slap

    Hand slap

    Feb 14, 2016
    What about the H’s?
  6. Judging by the P that I currently own, I disagree.
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  7. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    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.
  8. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    Definitely "J"

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  9. Florinda4

    Florinda4 Supporting Member

  10. Passinwind

    Passinwind I know nothing. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
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  11. twinjet

    twinjet GE90-equipped Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
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  12. 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!
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  13. MobileHolmes

    MobileHolmes I used to be BassoP

    Nov 4, 2006
    If I gotta take one, It's the J
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  14. bigtone23


    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    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.
  15. Acoop

    Acoop Supporting Member

    Feb 21, 2012
    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.
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  16. BurtMacklinFBI

    BurtMacklinFBI Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2018
    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.
  17. aldaa

    aldaa Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2017
    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.
  18. Charlzm

    Charlzm Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    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.

    So... ???

    Square peg?
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  19. -Asdfgh-


    Apr 13, 2010
    P, H, PJ, MM... It is all good. False dichotomy.
  20. A year ago I'd have said P, now I'm leaning towards J, with a hint of P. In summary, carrots.
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