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Examples of archetypal P and J sounds?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bjjp2, Apr 25, 2015.


  1. bjjp2

    bjjp2

    Apr 25, 2015
    New to bass playing after years of chasing tone on guitar. What would you say are examples of what people refer to as the classic P and J sounds? Thanks.
     
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2015
  2. goodformetal

    goodformetal

    Feb 17, 2015
    Oregon
    Look up Bobby Vega on YouTube
     
  3. fraublugher

    fraublugher

    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    Classic P tone:
    James Jamerson's P tone on Marvin Gaye's "What's goin' on " .[fingerstyle , not a pick]
    Any other tones are subjective and only interest bassist's .


    Good luck and happy bassing .
     
  4. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Active jazz:
     
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  5. fraublugher

    fraublugher

    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    Ignore Gorn Captain , he's being cheeky with a red herring .
    Active J in a tribute to a passive J in an un-cloneable example .

    Classic J tone is Larry Graham .
     
  6. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Good point, but I think it's the best example of an active jazz tone.

    How about this?
     
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  7. fraublugher

    fraublugher

    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    FCS , Dude needs bass info not Sasquatch sighting bass solo info .
     
  8. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    What does this mean? He asked for an example of a classic J sound and I think the 61 jazz is a pretty good one.
     
  9. fraublugher

    fraublugher

    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    Look at the dimensions , if that is a regular sized bass then Sasquatch is real .
     
  10. fraublugher

    fraublugher

    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    How many Bass range notes in Jaco's "America" , comparatively none .
     
  11. PJ Muzikmansky

    PJ Muzikmansky

    Jan 4, 2013
    Just a few off the top of my head:

    60's VVT Jazz bass: both pick-ups on full...Willie Weeks


    60's VVT Jazz bass: neck pick-up on, bridge pick-up off...John Paul Jones


    60's VVT Jazz bass: Bridge pick-up on... Jaco (this is probably the best jazz bass tone I've ever heard)


    60's stack knob jazz: sounds like both pick-ups on with tone rolled off...Tim Schmit
    Eagles - 'The Long Run' (lyrics in description) - YouTube

    60's stack knob jazz bass: with a pick (both pick-ups on full) Bobby Vega


    70's jazz bass: (probably both pick-ups on full)... Marcus Miller


    50's P bass single coil pick-up... Dusty Hill


    50's P bass split coil (Jimmy Moore)
    James Brown - Too Funky In Here (Live at Chastain Park, Atlanta 1985) - YouTube

    50's P bass split coil (with a touch of phaser)... Duck Dunn


    60's P bass split coil...Bob Babbitt


    70's P bass split coil (this is THE 70's P bass rock tone)




    P bass with a pick.
    Nine Below Zero - Eleven Plus Eleven - YouTube
     
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  12. Gorn

    Gorn

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    It's Monday morning and I'm sleepy so maybe it's me, but I have no idea what you're talking about.
     
  13. fraublugher

    fraublugher

    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
    The context of this thread and the OP's needs .
    And Sasquatch .
     
  14. Doctor J

    Doctor J

    Dec 23, 2005
    Check out The Stranglers early stuff for classic P with a plec sound.

    Rage Against The Machine's second and third albums have Jazz leaning favouring bridge pickup.

    Any Iron Maiden for P with flats not sounding like a Motown record.
     
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  15. Bassamatic

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

    This should be stickied! A great comparison in one spot. Great work!
     
  16. GretschWretch

    GretschWretch Supporting Member

    Dec 27, 2013
    East Central Alabama
    Fifteen posts in and no Carol Kaye or Joe Osborn?
     
  17. rogypop

    rogypop

    Jan 10, 2009
    Croatia
    @PJ Muzikmansky Are you sure it was Bobby Vega playing 60's jazz on Sly's high on you? To me it sounds more like a double P bass, bc rich eagle or something.
     
  18. PJ Muzikmansky

    PJ Muzikmansky

    Jan 4, 2013
    Rogypop: Yes that's Bobby Vega playing on 'I get high on you', and that's signature jazz-bass tone. High on You - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
     
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  19. PJ Muzikmansky

    PJ Muzikmansky

    Jan 4, 2013
    There you go -Joe playing his stack knob jazz...


    and Carol, playing her P bass...


    :D
     
  20. Osztertag2112

    Osztertag2112

    Jan 27, 2013
    For me its:
    P Bass - She Caught the Katy by The Blues Brothers
    Jazz Bass - The Lemon Song by Led Zeppelin
     

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