Good God, I'm a TB meme; My P had tort. And now flats....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sloppy_phil, Jul 23, 2021.

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    Good grief, is that the ashtray cover sneaking its way into focus there as well? Is there any depth to which I will not plumb?

    In fairness, this is a "have the right tool for the job" change, rather than trying to turn myself into some meme god or whatever today's yutes say. I've got a 4003 with nickel strings, and, having recently added a Jazz with Rotos, I can finally let this P Bass be the thump machine no amount of tweaking seems to deter it from being. I've played aggressive P's before... this ain't one of them!

    When I only had the Rick and P, the P would often get the nod for the Cover/Top 40 gigs, in addition to the soul/RnB/Motown gigs I'd pick up sometimes. Needing it to cover such a wide range of tunes live, I kept Rotos on it as well, to help with a fuller tonal spectrum. But now the J is set to step into the cover/Top 40 void, so I can just let this P be what it's always truly wanted to be. And probably any working bassist should have, or have access to, a P with flats; it's an iconic sound, and one you'll probably be asked to provide at least from time to time.

    Mind you, it's still wearing Rotos... just not the famous ones anymore!
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  2. luciens


    Feb 9, 2020
    Well, my Tony Franklin has tort, but I realize I'm not TB-approved either with the rounds it has on it. I guess now I better put flats on it too...

  3. rufus.K


    Oct 18, 2015
    Off to the classic rock retirement home with you then
  4. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    :D maybe! i know you're not going to believe this, but: no one has ever asked me to produce a "P with flats" --- or any other specific brand/model...and i haven't exactly led what you'd call a "sheltered life."

    (i tried flats :vomit: ) i would never, ever (in a million, bazillion years) put flats on anything unless i wanted it to die. :dead: :wideyed: :D (same with tort.)

    OTOH, & FWIW + TBH, IME/IMO "being a meme" is cool, right? ;)

    that said: i have my own, personal, private reasons for appreciating your experience!
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  5. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Uh, we need to have a talk about those cream pickup covers, dude! :woot:
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  6. Hahaha I'm with you; flats are really not my bag! Though I suppose we don't all have the same experiences with this scenario; I've had at least one session where the band wanted some "old school motown" bass tone, and while they maybe didn't say "P with flats" well... that's pretty much what they mean! Then I sub in on a proper Motown tribute act, and while they are not snooty enough to tell me what bass to play, because they're all really nice folks, I can see they make an effort to bring the "period correct" gear. I see no reason to cut across that, since it's not my band, and I'd like to get called back!
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  7. Is this a good or bad talk? I'm just wondering if I need to bring my flame retardant jacket with me as we step outside ;)
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  8. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Let's just say, when I got my first Alembic bass, a '87 Persuader with Vector body, it had a cream P/J set in it (Alembic pickups). I called Alembic immediately and bought a proper black set along with a new PVF+Q switch preamp to replace the stock one that came with the bass. Cream pickups just don't look right on any bass, IMHO. :)
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  9. P Bass? Yes. Two of them in fact. Flats? Yes , on both of them. SVT with an 8 10 cab? Yes. PF 500 with a 2 12 for smaller gigs? Yes. Tort? Nope. This simple fact is the only thing saving me from memedom. :cool:
  10. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Gold Supporting Member

    ;) :thumbsup:

    no question: get the gig, keep the gig...whatever it takes! :thumbsup:
  11. But, but, but... how are people supposed to think I have a DiMarzio pickup in there if it isn't the cream cover? I mean, it's a Duncan, but still. LOL

    I don't believe the original black cover made the journey with me to my new apartment earlier this year. Not that I recall seeing it during the packing up days, mind you. I guess send me a black p'up cover, and we can talk ;)

    That Alembic sounds like it was probably some good fun! Is it still around?
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  12. Yes indeed! Only once I'm firmly established with these guys do I bother finding someone with a Dingwall, and borrow it for a show or two...
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  13. Bikeguy57

    Bikeguy57 Supporting Member

    Rock it proudly! Keep the cream covers. Mine has Chormes, the flats for round wound lovers! 59364E2B-1898-41DF-A0B3-152790BD32A1.jpeg
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  14. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    Here's a cream covered Dimarzio for you. :D


    I'm sure it is, but not with me. I traded it along with the '84 Exploiter to pay for my first ZON in 1987.