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Fave 5 String For a Classic P Tone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bachlover, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. Sorry everybody, forgot to mention that I'm looking for a 5er. :oops: Any comments on a 5 that gives that Motown type bottom?
  2. JDLowEnd


    Dec 19, 2010
    Norwich, CT
    Try the squier vm p5, I honestly love mine, plus the sunburst and white are good looking
  3. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    Fender American Standard P5. A a P-bass with a low B. As simple as it gets.
  4. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    My American P5 has more bottom, my Squier VM P5 has more growl but can get good bottom, just not as much as the P5. My Roscoe can out P bass either, but it would list at $6,700 so it had better ;)
  5. Looking like the American Std. I played one yesterday and it felt great. Really well made & it looks nice with the trad sunburst.
  6. ReiPsaeg


    Dec 1, 2012
    Rochester, NY
    I don't think you can get closer to a P bass than with and actual P bass.
  7. qwench

    qwench Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2006
    Saskatchewan CANADA
    Just wanted to chime in here...I owned one of the Fender American P5's for about a year and I am missing it...it really is a great choice...as someone mentioned and as I have quoted on here before...it IS that simple...a Fender America P with a Low B...mine was right at 9lbs too and balanced very nicely...great bass for the $$ for sure!!
  8. I went with the Am. Std. P and I'm glad I did. Even happier I put the flats on it. Love the tone and the feel of the flats. Can't believe I've been playing all these years & let this great classic pass me by. Time to start making up for lost time!
  9. darrenmt


    Dec 15, 2004
    You'll be surprised. The Lakland/Skyline 55-64 sounds nails that vintage tone and sounds more oldschool than the Fender Am Std P5. I am assuming that you mean oldschool r&b vibe when u say motown? I played one in a store the other day and was surprised at how modern the P5 sounded in comparison. Both strung with nickel wounds.
  10. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    Apparently Mike Lull designed his P5 to sound like his 62 Fender Precision.

    I've got a Lull PJ5 (I hardly use the J) and I'd recommend it for anyone wanting a great, solid, 5 string P bass sound. Especially with flats.

    I've played good basses for years, Lakland, Wal, Stingray, but my Lull gets more compliments than all of the others put together.
  11. nukes_da_bass

    nukes_da_bass Banned

    Feb 19, 2006
    west suburban boston
    The strings are just as important as the pickup! For the Jamerson sound get the LaBella Jamerson Flatwound set- just make sure your B tuner post is man enough to accept the leader of that B string, it's a freakin bridge cable!
    Anyways, the sound of Motown is the sound of Flatwound strings.
  12. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    Lakland 5564 with hanson vintage pickups and flats...
  13. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I love my Roscoe PJ.

  14. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    I had Curtis Novak rewind my stock pick up to give it a vintage sound, added a Tonestyler tone control and Sadowsky black label flats to my P5.
    It is my number one R&B and blues bass. It sounds great.
  15. Thumper


    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    Mine has stock PUPs, Sadowsky Black Label SS strings and an Orange Drop. Even with the SS, it sounds as P as I could ask for, I wouldn't let anyone touch the stock PUPs, there's some magic going on here I don't want messed with!