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I don't know what to do with my life

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Joshuadriller, Dec 20, 2013.

  1. Joshuadriller


    Apr 30, 2011
    Kansas City
    I need some valid opinions.. I currently have one bass (a 1977 p) and I'm thinking about getting another instrument. I've been leaning towards a PJ for months now, mainly because I want the best of both worlds, but lately I've been looking into a nice jazz bass instead. I need some opinions.
    Also, whether I end up getting a PJ or just a Jazz.. I'm going to get it custom built by a guy here in Kansas City.
  2. Joshuadriller


    Apr 30, 2011
    Kansas City
    Another detail.. I'm looking for a workhorse of an instrument.
  3. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Well if you want a workhorse you best hope your builder knows what he is doing.

    What kind of opinion are you looking for? I personally would get a jazz but I am guessing our tastes differ in my respects.
  4. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Typical passive P/Js rarely achieve this, for reasons discussed innumerable times here. If you must with your "custom," go switched, like the Tony Franklin lest you wind up with the best of neither.
  5. Currently I own a regular P and a regular J and I have been in a similar dilemma. I am very divided about P-J basses. The tone is really cool and like you said, the best of both worlds. My problem is that I would like to try one in my band situation, since I know that a normal P-bass just doesn't work. The other problem for me is that I hate the look of a p-bass with j-pickup but find the p-bass body a LOT more comfortable, and love the look of J-bass with a p-neck pickup, but I am not that happy with the shape. I actually find both J and P necks fine.

    All the above said, I would just play one. If you like the sound, how it feels in your hands and on you, I would say just go for it. Another cool thing is that you can get some great offers on p-j basses.
  6. AngelCrusher

    AngelCrusher Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2004
    Mesa Boogie, Tech 21, Taylor
    PJ is not the best of both worlds. If there was all caps and ability to sticky this knowledge in a giant font without being obnoxious, I would do that.
  7. "I don't know what to do with my life."

    Get an education. Got an education? Get more education, then buy a Jazz (only because you already have a P.)
  8. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    just buy the Reggie Hamilton & done!;)
  9. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
  10. I recently purchased a Roscoe Beck V (Fender). They're discontinued, but I didn't have a problem finding one online, and there still might be one available on the TB classifieds. They offer a mind boggling array of tones from vintage to modern fusion, and they're reasonably priced at around $1500 - $1800. I totally recommend this bass! Check out the "Roscoe Beck Forum?" thread.
  11. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    Get a P/J/J bass.. Happy to all. Make it active with a push knob to make it passive. A 3 way switch for the P - P/J- J/J and you are all good. Best of all 3 worlds in one bass.
  12. Hell, satisfy all your wants, and go with a J/P/J pup arrangement.

    EDIT~ Oops. It looks that "iriegnome" has beat me to it.
  13. Man, I wanna R.B. 5'er so, so bad.
  14. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Don't go the custom route until you are sure of what you want.
  15. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    That will not work because the pups will not be in the correct positions. Since you already have a P, get a J. Or a PJ if you like the sound, although it will never sound like a J except when the bridge pup is soloed.
  16. jdwhitak


    Mar 20, 2012
    Greenwood, IN
    To the OP, I have both the G&L "P" and the G&L "P/J". The tone on both is similar. It's not night and day different. The J pickup just gives you some additional nuances. I'd say whether or not to get a Jazz bass is dependent on the type of music you do.
  17. xroads


    Nov 6, 2012
    One consideration: have you played a Jazz or PJ bass by the builder you want to hire?
    If yes, did you like it?
    If no, I would not have an instrument custom built that way....go to music stores and play as many basses as you can, then pick the one you like best.
  18. iriegnome

    iriegnome Bassstar style Supporting Member

    Nov 23, 2001
    Kenosha, WI 53140
    I guess a J/P/J would work better. A J in the Neck and Bridge and a P in the sweet spot middle position. Oh, isn't there one out there that has that?
  19. ebannist


    Jan 15, 2012
    I second the Reggie Hamilton bass!! A must have!!!