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Double P's: What's out there?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sikamikanico, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    I'm looking for double P basses. What are the options out there, in the sub $500 or so range (used)?

    Ideally, it would be a reverse double P... think Lee Sklar's double P...

    I'm not too picky about design at this "let's see what's out there" stage, so anything is game.

    I can start with what I know already: BC Rich...
  2. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Under $500? Fender blacktop jazz I think falls into that price range.

    A Precision Elite II will run you at least $900, and that is if you find a good price.
  3. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    I bought an old Yamaha BB400 (reverse P) and added another reverse P at the bridge. I have always felt that this should be the standard configuration as it gives the D and G strings a little more bottom. Great sound, However I am still planning to move the neck pup about 1" closer to the neck, about where Lee Sklar has his. Then I will need to have a custom pick guard made to cover the hole. I hope it is worth it!!!
  4. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    Isn't Fender currently making these under $500 in their Blacktop series? I don't pay much attention but I know I've seen a couple dual "P" models floating around lately that fall under the "inexpensive" umbrella.
  5. grendle


    Mar 4, 2011
    Central FL
    Any bass with emg "dc" style cases can be converted to a double p setup. Just replace the DC's with 35p or 40p pups. Lots more options that way as well.
  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    I love Fender basses ... but they always put the P pickup in backwards.
  7. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Still sounds good. Don't know if it would have the same iconic tone otherwise.
  8. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    Several choices among used BC Rich NJ series basses.
  9. lowfreq33


    Jan 27, 2010
    Endorsing Artist: Genz Benz Amplification
    At that budget I'd be inclined to get a Squier VM and mod it. You can easily reverse the coils on the existing pickup since the routing is actually pretty large, just need a new pickguard and routing for the bridge pickup.
  10. Marton


    Sep 20, 2005
    70s Vantage bass. I see these a lot on kijiji around here. You can find one under $500 for sure. Here's a picture of one I found on google.

  11. sikamikanico

    sikamikanico Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2004
    Thanks all, I like the input so far!

    I really like this Vantage. Are there any other similar (vintage, Japanese) double P basses?

    Modding a P-bass is always an option, but I'd first want to see which ones were conceived to be Double P's.
  12. You mean a double P like this?

  13. Roscoe East

    Roscoe East

    Aug 22, 2011
    See, this is why I suck at investing: No patience!
    I sold my 1985 Fender Precision Elite II a dozen years ago...for $200. If I'd known they were gonna sell for $900 twelve years later I might've hung on to it!