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Fender's first P-J

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jonathanhughes, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. jonathanhughes

    jonathanhughes Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    Does anyone know when Fender first offered a P-J bass? If so, what did they call it?

  2. JP-90 comes to mind...
  3. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass **** Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    Here's a 'JV' P/J, I think it's an'83 or '84. Probably not the first, and not even real Fender, but I would bet the first P/J came from Japan.

    and currently-
  4. This is actually a pretty good question!
  5. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Probably the made in japan "PJ' that became the jazz special?
  6. Geroi Asfalta

    Geroi Asfalta

    Aug 23, 2011
  7. chef wong

    chef wong Banned

    Sep 15, 2012
    Those may not count because the P pickup is reversed.

    With the huge advantage in tone you'd think Fender would've had the P and J pickup configuration long before. Who here hasn't tripped on the sound of the Jazz bridge pickup all the way on with just a dash of P pickup rolled forward? I think it's one of the better parts of life itself.

    The pickup combo even looks better....
  8. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    There was a fender released called PJ Bass, thats it. As stated above it was made before the Jazz Bass Specials, in 1983/4. Its identical to a jazz bass special but doesnt have a 3 way toggle. I think thats thee first and No the P pickup is not reversed.
  9. BassUli


    Dec 5, 2011
    I don't mean to hijack the thread, but is it possible to have PJ with both volume knobs in one potentiometer, so that there are only 2 knobs (like P-Basses with only one pickup)?
  10. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Neither the PJ or the Jazz Bass Special are reversed. :)
  11. RED J

    RED J Lol Supporting Member

    Jan 23, 2000
    Yes, It's possible with a stackpot setup. I've done this.

    GODSBASSMAN Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    S. Carolina
    Do you want the 2 pups in series with one volum knob or do you want a stacked pot for the volumes controlled separately?
  13. Kai Sanchez

    Kai Sanchez Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2006
    My first fender in 93' was a 92' precision plus (us made) aka boner bass. With lace sensor PJ pickups, volume, tone, three way p/u selector and some kind of boost button. A nice hi mass bridge with micro tuning screws, black with a white pickguard and maple fingerboard. I will never forget the new smell coming out of the case!

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  14. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Yep. I just modded my P-Bass into a P/J (w/full active EMG compliment) and installed an EMG concentric Volume/Volume knob as well as a BTC.
  15. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    The short-lived PJ, which as has been noted, evolved into the Jazz Bass Special. Predates the JP90 by about five years I believe.

    The one with the reversed P coils was the Power JBS.

  16. jonathanhughes

    jonathanhughes Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    Awesome info. Thanks, everyone! I mistakenly thought they were making them earlier. Then I guess my next question would be, who was the first to modify a P Bass with a J pickup?

    I have absolutely no idea why I need to know this, by the way.
  17. atomicdog


    Jun 18, 2011
    Makes me nostalgic for my P-Lyte. Must head for the garage . . .