loud p/j bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dudemanvic, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. dudemanvic


    Mar 14, 2007
    ok, i have a 5-string stingray (couldnt be happier, totally in love) anyway, it sounds amazing, but certain songs my band has it just doesnt fit for them, also a while back at work i injured my left hand, its healed now but healed funny, so i cant play a 5-string neck for over 45 minutes and my hand just needs a break, i played my 4-string ibanez gsr 200 and all was fine, unfortunately it wasnt loud enuf to match my Stingray's volume, so now what im lookin' for is a p/j bass that can match, volume-wise, my Stingray. why don't i just get a 4-string stingray? the tone from a p/j style bass just fits better with certain songs, so i'm gonna go for that. preferably one with a j-style body, active, but passive is fine too. help anyone? price doesn't matter, i have to save up for it anyway. quality does matter though, it needs to be able to take a beating, im unfortunate to be born with a slight problem keeping my balance, especially on stage......... thanks all!

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  2. dudemanvic


    Mar 14, 2007
  3. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Couple of thoughts.

    One, please specify a real budget. I know you said you're saving up, but are you going to save up $4000? $3000? $2000? There are some great P/J's that cost up there, so if that's unrealistic you need to say so.

    If you're prone to knocking into stuff then just be sure to get a bass with a bolt-on neck. That way it doesn't really matter if you snap the headstock or w/ever, you just get a new neck.

    "Loudness" from one bass to another is not relevant. Pick a bass that has the tone and features you want, and then get an A/B switcher with level controls so you can switch between the two basses and match their levels.
  4. dudemanvic


    Mar 14, 2007
    preferably under $3,000
  5. dudemanvic


    Mar 14, 2007
    if it helps any ive been looking at the fender aerodyne jazz, SX basses (mostly cuz of their pricetags, i wonder of their quality), possibly a sadowsky, and if possible a warwick streamer
  6. MaccaMan1964

    MaccaMan1964 Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2008
    New Jersey
    I have a like-new Mike Lull 4 string active P/J bass. The body is more P-like and the neck is sort of in-between.

    The bass is white, with gold hardware and a gorgeous birdeye maple fretboard.

    I would want about $1750 for it....

    If you're interested, I could send pix.

  7. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    That's the right answer...how come you haven't explored that kind of option??

    With the budget you have, just go out, play instruments and get the bass you like. There are plenty of new and used basses that will do what you want for $300 to $1000.

    Output is irrelevant - use the A/B box described and set the levels from each before playing.
  8. JSK5String

    JSK5String Guest

    May 19, 2008
    Littleton, CO
    You should check out the Fender P-Bass Special. P-J configuration with a thin J neck that would be easier on your healing left hand, active electronics. Plenty of output and an aggressive tone to match. Not expensive either, coming in around $600 new, if you can find a used one they go for between $400-$500 depending on condition. Good luck with the hand, hope you get a full recovery...
  9. ljazz


    Dec 10, 2002
    Cookeville, TN
    G&L SB2 US or Tribby
  10. +1
  11. htharp

    htharp Guest

    Feb 4, 2007
    Dallas, Tx
    +2 - I recently played an SB-2 tribute and was amazed at the output level for a passive bass.
  12. WoodyJ

    WoodyJ Supporting Member

    Jul 29, 2008
    Atlanta GA suburb
    New: Fender Tony Franklin fretted Precision (it's a P/J)...About $1400 street.

    Used: 2000-2001 USA Fender Hot Rod Precision (also a P/J). These are GREAT basses!...$900 for a clean one.

    Budget: Fender Precision Special (P/J), the '97-up passive one, upgraded with the Seymour Duncan pu's of your choice...$550+ pickups.