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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dbt25677, Oct 20, 2013.
Boxy, smooth, thumpy, what have you.
Like a giant's footstep or Thor's hammer.
Woody, thumpy and a defined low-mid bump, with flats that is. I hate P with rounds.
The sound of bass!
it sounds precise, hence the name
Mostly okay, but when it starts to sound boring, there's almost nothing I can do. Precisely that sound to me.
Boxy and honky.
A P/J sounds better balanced to me.
A middy grind....and I mean that in a good way.
boring and doesnt cut through very well due to no bridge pup
Sounds like a handicapped Jazz Bass but better looking than his baby brother.
I like using the word "burnished".
It's that classic bass sound....Big, good mid with punch.
I like P bass & Jazz bass..
Think of "Taking it to the Streets" By The Doobie Brothers. I would call it Fat, Full, Thumpy with Mid Growl. Pure Heaven. Always remember that about 90% of your tone is in your Fingers. The P-bass can sound very close to just about any tone on any Album by any Artist. No need for anything else IMO.
It doesn't need to cut, because it sits in a sonic space that should be fairly sparce of other instrumentation.... just above the kick. A bit of grunt dialed in from your amp, and you really don't need a lot of volume to be heard or felt.
No such thing as the P bass sound. I have heard lots of different recordings and live performance using a P bass and there were and are many different sounds that a P bass makes. There are so many different kinds of pickups, strings, hardware, amps, etc. that can make a difference as to how a bass sounds that it is impossible to describe a singular P bass sound. It is a myth that there is a P bass sound.
Does an universal "P-bass Sound" exists?
The P sound I like (tone almost rolled off; a little bit of trebles, no hi-mids, lo-mids and basses flat) and use only in the blues band I play in, is like a fat woman (man) holding you in her (his) arms...
(anyway, I'm a J-guy)
There are things that just have to be experienced or "felt". That is a P bass to me. I have owned many basses over the years never really knowing what I was looking for. When I finally landed in a band and purchased my first p bass I knew I found it.
I still have a hard time describing it but all my other basses just didn't sound right while jamming with my band. Something about the richness of the tone that converted me to the P and now I own 3. They are simple and deliver that's all I need.
Mere mortals can not describe the indescribable.
Great example! I absolutely love the tone in that song.
Although it's more limited in tone(s) than a bass with bridge and neck pups, I do think that different sounds can be had. In general, I would describe the P bass tone as chunky, thumpy, present, classic, and spectacular.