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Love the look, but need a modern sound

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jd_watt, Mar 26, 2014.

  1. jd_watt


    Mar 22, 2013
    Hi everyone,

    I've been playing an American Precision for some time, and I've never been completely thrilled with the tone. It's great for many things, but I've always craved a more hi-fi, perhaps active sound. My musical tastes have changed somewhat over the last year. I've been into much more aggressive, technical metal such as The Dillinger Escape Plan, hardcore such as Converge, and other stuff like Mastodon (although the band I play in currently is much more psychedelic/electronic influenced).

    Here's the rub: I really, really like the look and feel of the P Bass; it's a classic. But, again, the sound just isn't inspiring me. It might seem kind of shallow, but I just can't get on board with the appearance of many so-called "metal" basses. I realize there's no such thing as a totally genre-specific bass, but aesthetically, many don't appeal to me (though they sound awesome).

    So, how do you feel about it? Would you look for mods? Look for a new bass? How do you feel about digging an instrument's look, but feeling lack-luster about it's sound? Thanks for having a look!
  2. Dug2

    Dug2 Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2011

    the exact one i have, does get more modern sounding than this. and Jody
    is the man that sold it to me! (he has a special place in my heart now)
    watever u decide on, gl....its a subjective thing
  3. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    I'd keep the P bass and get a second bass for your more aggressive pursuits..

    Look at Ibanez SRs, Music Man Bongos and / or Warwick..
  4. 2behead


    Mar 8, 2011
    Read up on and try some new pickups. Or a pre amp of some sort in front of your amp.
  5. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Outboard pre-amp!
  6. get a jazz, play it like you're beating a rented mule. aggressive!
  7. gre107


    Dec 25, 2005
    Sadowsky Jazz is the way to go!
  8. snarebear


    Apr 19, 2012
    ESP LTD would fit the bill and not break the bank so you can keep the P bass too.
  9. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147


    But...they are costly. You should consider a used Lakland 55-01 or 55-02. If you prefer 4-string, try the 44-01 or 44-02. There are lot's of finishes, they are highly "mod-able," and cheap. The quality is very very high, and plenty of modern sounds are available, as they are active and have with soap bar or J+MM pickup configurations. Not P-bass or Jazz clones.

    An external pre works, but they are harder to adjust on the fly. :ninja:
  10. tink9975

    tink9975 Supporting Member

    Aug 10, 2006
    MoCo, MD
    Look for a PBass with a PJ pickup configuration. Then you can keep the look and get more of the sound you want.

    EMG's would help get the more modern sound as well.
  11. RSBBass


    Jun 11, 2011
    Find one of the six billion decent P-bass copies out there and mod it with active pups like emg.
  12. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    A lot of Metal guys are playing Sadowsky these days?
  13. *cough* Spector *cough*
  14. Doesn't Jason Newstead use a Sadowsky?
    Hell the bass player from The Pretty Reckless plays a 2TSB Fender P-bass. lol
  15. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    Ack! How'd I forget Spector?!?!?! Shame on me!! :oops: :bag:
  16. jd_watt


    Mar 22, 2013
    The Spector sound is really the sound I'm digging lately. Wish They made a bass that looked like a P or a P that sounded like a Spector. Herein lies the problem lol
  17. msact


    Jan 8, 2013
    Somewhere in NJ
    How about a G&L SB-2. They look and feel like a P bass, but are much more aggressive sounding.
  18. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Add a J pickup in the bridge position of your P to turn it into a PJ, then add a preamp of some sort. Whether it be onboard or outboard is up to you...
  19. garmenteros

    garmenteros Bass Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2008
    Dominican Republic