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Double Ps?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by punisher911, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. punisher911


    Jan 20, 2005
    Clawson, MI
    If 1 P pup is good, why don't we see more double P pup basses? I have personally never played one. I've seen a few basses with 2 P pickups. What is bad about them that the single P or P/J route is more popular?
  2. bigsnaketex


    Dec 29, 2011
    Down South
    God doesn't like more than one pickup on a P Bass.
  3. markkoelsch


    Sep 6, 2008
    I have a Vantage with 2 Dimarzio P on it, and it is a really great bass. Frankly, I think it is a much better combo than a PJ...fuller tonally. I have not played more than 1 or 2 PJ basses that I liked- I always found the J to be too thin to sit well with a P.
  4. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    I suppose that two of the SAME pickup is putting the heavy emphasis on their relative placement under the strings to make them sound different from each other.

    A P and a J pickup combo, for example, have the differences in placement AND the differences in how they're wound and constructed BOTH to give you a wider range of sound.

    More difference, I'd say.
  5. rupture

    rupture Supporting Member

    Jan 27, 2012
    If one sucks two would suck twice as bad !:bag: just kidding dont hate
  6. Bassamatic

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

    I am working on a Lee Sklar tribute bass with 2 reverse Ps. I added a second P to a Yammie BB400. The sound is VERY nice, but I still need to move the neck pup up another inch or 2 for more bottom and make a nice little pickguard to cover the hole.

    The advantage of 2 P pups is that the bridge pup gives you a sound that is more "growly" without the bright zinginess of a J pickup.

    BTW - I also believe that the reverse configuration is the better placement, as it gives more bottom to the lighter strings.

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  7. brotherbassj


    Sep 20, 2008
    Jim Dunlop USA, King Kong Cases, Golden Eagle Energy Drink
    Fenders have done this in the eighties and currently (double P's). I have also seen older models including Vantage as mentioned, Warwick has done a mirrored image setup of double P's and BC Rich uses double P's regularly on their basses over the years..........so they are around
  8. I think that they look kinda dumb. I know thats a bad way to judge a bass but its how i feel about it. I did play a fender black top jazz that had two P's in it and it sounded ok but it didnt really speak to me. Now two Hummbuckers on a bass is a totaly ok
  9. mark beem

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

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    My double Ps..


  10. Staredge


    Aug 7, 2010
    Germantown, MD
    'cause then it would be a P-P, and that's just embarrassing.

  11. SherwoodGreen

    SherwoodGreen Banned

    Dec 25, 2012
    Alien Audio uses a Double P in some configurations I believe.
    I've heard GOOD things about them too.

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  12. wvbass


    Mar 1, 2004
  13. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    Fender Elite II P-basses from 1983. Great basses.
  14. DuShauh


    Aug 29, 2011
    West Michigan
    That Sir, is IMO one of the best "mass produced" basses ever. BTW although a slightly different flavor, two EMG P6's sound amazing in that bass!!

    :bag: Sorry for the derail. But you just don't see TL-6's everyday.
  15. topcat2069


    Dec 2, 2007
    Palm Springs

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  16. haystack55

    haystack55 Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2011
    Houston, TX
  17. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
  18. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    The guy with the Moody Blues has a p-bass wirh 3 p-pickups in a row ...
  19. mark beem

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

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I agree, great basses!! I'm curious, are the EMGs drop-in replacements?
  20. bigsnaketex


    Dec 29, 2011
    Down South
    yes, the EMG's are direct drop in replacement as are the Seymour Duncan quarter pounders which I have in mine now.