J.B. Player P-Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by shoot-r, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007
    Stumbled onto a J.B. Player P-Bass at a pawn shop today for $125.00 with case.

    Played great, sounded good, felt just like a real Fender P, but I never heard of them.

    Anyone tell me about J.B. Players........

  2. Daedraziel


    Aug 19, 2013
    Toms River NJ
    Haha I have great memories of playing one of those piles of wood chips through high school. White fender jazz style, with awful electronics, slipping tuners, stripped truss rod and a 5/8 inch high action at the 12th fret. I loved it because it was so badly put together and I wanted to rock it hard anyway

    They are, in my experience, pieces of raw cheap crap. I'm sure they can be set up and made playable but I'd MUCH rather steer you toward an SX or Squier for that type of sound/build.
  3. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw

    I used several of their aftermarket necks to assemble instruments in the 80s. They were very nice.
  4. shoot-r


    May 26, 2007

    Pretty much tells me to stay away, thanks for the heads up!
  5. Bitterdale

    Bitterdale Natural Born Lurker

    Dec 4, 2010
    Ocala, FL
    I feel I must comment.
    Awful electronics: sure, it's a budget bass.
    Slipping tuners: fallacy, tuners don't slip. More likely, improper stringing, tuning or poorly cut nut.
    Stripped truss rod: user error
    High action: due to stripped truss rod, see above.

    The are typical budget instruments. With a proper set up, it would probably play fine. I wouldn't pay more than $75 for one ($100 with a good case).
  6. thumpguy123


    Aug 2, 2013
    northern nj
    i find that most budget basses that i pick up are actually quite usable. out of the 13 basses i have right now, 3 of them are beginner instruments. is that a bad thing?? nope. with a proper setup and some work, anything can be playable. if it plays nice to you, it sounds like a good deal at 125 with a hard case. you can always flip it and use the case for something else if you don't like it
  7. Daedraziel


    Aug 19, 2013
    Toms River NJ
    My experience with a J.B. Player in terms of quality versus other budget basses was honest and an opinion on what the OP should do regarding those basses... Which is stay away. There are a dozen makes/models comparable in price to that JB Player that are put together using better materials and better quality control.

    I knew the smarmy know-it-all comments were coming. The fact is that now I could do a setup on a rubber band taped to a 2x4 and make it playable.

    That J.B. Player from my youth was a piece of garbage before and after I had it, especially when compared directly to the used MIM fender jazz I bought to replace it back then.
  8. Dluxe

    Dluxe Supporting Member

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    I do know they've made several different styles of Fender type basses. The earlier models are worth seeking out. I owned an active version (tuners not original) which was a very nice sounding/playing bass. The passive P style ones were very good too. South Austin Music sold them back in the late 1980's/early 1990's. I think they were selling the passive P basses for $225. Here is what mine looked like. The newer ones have a different headstock shape. If the one you are looking at has the lawsuit headstock I'd get it.


  9. hueylove21


    Jan 3, 2014
    I have a Lawsuit head J. P. Player bass and I am in love with it. I own 5 Fenders and my JB plays as good and sounds really good as my best Fender. I believe quality was put into the earlier ones then they started to make crappy ones. But my Professional series plays great in every way. I collect Lawsuit type Fender bass and some of them were made very well and I ind no fault with MY JB. I have gigged it out many times and it rocked the house. It has great smooth low tone that I love. Does not sound that great when slapping but great for grooving.
  10. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Registered Rickenbacker Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State

    My old red P/J Player was the only bass I've ever (regrettably) owned that made my Hondo II Explorer (also a POS) seem nice.

    Affordable basses have come a loooong way since then....
  11. ShortSirkit


    Apr 29, 2008
    Excuse me for necro-posting, raising this thread from the dead, but I just ran across it.

    I can see the bolt-on neck basses being seen as inferior, but do NOT EVEN THINK LIKE THAT about the JB Player neck-thru basses. They are routed for a P/J pickup configuration, and are fantastic instruments to be had for cheap!

    I bought one from a guy here in Nashville who was "thinning the herd" for 100 bucks.

    Just like the JB Player neck-thru Strats, the hardware is cheap (made out of cheap potting steel) and the electronics are crap, but the guitar or bass itself is really kickass. I have owned 5 guitars in my life. Sold 2 of them, and just bought another one.

    The most I paid for one was when I bought my first one brand new in 1985 for $250.
    Cheapest I got one for was 35 bucks off eBay with no hardware or electronics.

    Seeing people dismiss these out of hand makes me cringe. Raw Crap? Are you crazy?

    Hell no! They are much superior to many bolt-on neck basses I have played over the past 40 years. Calling them "raw crap" is like saying a high-end Alembic is "raw crap".
    Sure...these cannot actually compare to an Alembic, but they are anything but crap.

    How much cash do you have to shell out to buy a neck-thru bass or guitar these days? Usually too much.
    The neck-thru Strats and P/J basses are incredible quality, and can be found for "Here. steal this from me" prices.


    Feb 10, 2016
    Michigan USA
    Necro thread here we go. Here's mine, don't know how much is JB Player anymore but it's a keeper!

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