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Favourite P/J settings?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 6stringvince, Nov 22, 2013.

  1. Really diggin my first P/J bass as of late, and I'm just curious about everyone's favourite settings, percentage of bridge/neck, and tone settings. Do you change it up much depending in style being played, or more of set and forget?
  2. I run mine most of the time as a P only. Occasionally I'll dial in some of the bridge pickup, but usually halfway between all P and an even balance. It rarely if ever goes past the center, and it's never all J.
  3. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Both full on
  4. Both on or either pickup solo'd.
  5. pgolliher


    Apr 27, 2010
    Santa Cruz, CA
    My tone knob setting depends on the genre and life (brightness) of my strings. I like running with the J full on and the P rolled back just a little bit. It gives me a nice mid-range growl that sits really well in the mix with guitars. My P/J with Dimazio DP126s pickups gets an awesome almost MM type growl with this setting. I love it.
  6. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    Pacifica CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    It's the reason P/J's are so popular - so much variety of tone. I set it until it sounds right for the particular application, which varies. Same with any 2 pu bass really.
  7. tangentmusic

    tangentmusic A figment of our exaggeration

    Aug 17, 2007
    ^^ Same as above ^^, but generally full up on P. About 3/4 on J
  8. If I'm playing a PJ I always feel obliged to have everything on full. I prefer the P on it's own most of the time, but will play a traditional P in that instance.
    I never play the J pickup solo, it makes me pluck down by the bridge and makes unpleasant burping noises. Unless it's fretless of course, in which case that back pickup is perfect. :)
  9. ericdanger13


    Oct 30, 2012
    Danbury Ct
    P full. tone full. J. Only a hair turned on.
  10. Both P and J on, and run in series. It sounds absolutely brilliant.
  11. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    I like to solo the P a lot, but I agree with Sir rabbit. The series setting on my four-string is impressive, on the five it's massive! :bassist:

  12. khutch

    khutch Praise Harp

    Aug 20, 2011
    suburban Chicago
    I tend to run either pickup soloed or 50-50 all the time and that is true of all my basses. But I also run flats a lot. I have a JJ I am getting ready to sell and I put some rounds on it last night because almost no one else would want the fifths tuned Pressure Wounds I had been using on it. Noodling around with it a bit after the change I noticed that mixes other than 50-50 are probably more useful with rounds than with flats.
  13. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    Well, it depends on what tone I'm going for. That's the beauty of the PJ config, it's versitility.

    In the trio I play in I usually run both pups wide open with the tone dialed back 2/3. This gives me clarity and grind but not too much zing. When I want a more fretless-like sound I roll off the P a bit and the tone all the way down.

    If I'm going for more of a Bogart/Hill kind of sound then it's P full, just enough J to get some definition and the tone at around 1/2 or a bit less.

    If I am trying to get into Lee/Entwistle/Squire territory then it is everything wide open.
  14. Rusty G String

    Rusty G String

    Mar 19, 2013
    Usually p full, j 75%, tone full. Sometimes I'll reverse the settings for some funk and clarity.
  15. DerTeufel


    Nov 11, 2011
    Wildomar, CA
    I have two P/J basses - A Squier and a Yamaha BB425X. On the Squier, I tend to run the P wide open with a touch of J. On the Yamaha, I don't have the option to gradually dial in one p/u or the other. It's either full P, full J, or both full on. That being said, I like both full on.
  16. basspraiser

    basspraiser Jammin for the Lamb! Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2006
    Chicago - NW Burbs
    Usually: P 75% to 100%/ J 50% and 75%

    once is in a while I will turn the J off...but not often.
  17. Love that tone! Although it's close, I find it's still not quite there. Are there any pedals that will get you there? I know both Squire and Lee run their sound through some complex systems, just wondering if there's a an easy fix. I use Roto Swing 66, which I think are the right strings for the job.
    Other than that, what's not to love, anything from Jamerson, to Jaco, to Squire all in one bass!
    I always read about the J sucking tone from the P tone, but comparing to my P bass I haven't found that at all