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Non Fender 5 String P Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bachlover, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. Kind of a sad day today - returned a Fender Amc. Std. P5 that I hung on to for the full 30 days of a 30 day refund policy because I really wanted to get past the metallically hollow low volume B string on it, but couldn't. The good news for me is I'm in the market for something that has that great P Bass low bottom thump on all 5 strings. Any suggestions?
  2. Bunkerml22

    Bunkerml22 Supporting Member

    Mar 17, 2013
    Check out the New Carvin PB5...I never played one...but i did own a SB5000 and it played/Sounded awesome and had a great B string.
  3. yeah the new carvin p basses are sweet strong sounding B
  4. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Truly a bummer that you couldn't make that work. I recently picked one of these up, and mine at least has one of the best B strings I've heard.

    Second the nod on the Carvin. Had I not gotten the Fender, I was seriously considering looking there... Continue the Quest!!

  5. DerTeufel


    Nov 11, 2011
    Wildomar, CA
    Yamaha BB series 5 strings. I have a BB425X that I think is excellent.
  6. ahc


    Jul 31, 2009
    No. Virginia
    Lakland 55-64. Skyline or USA.
  7. I have a line on a BB2025 for $1625 (Cdn). It's PJ pup config. Wondering how close that neck P pup is to the sound of the Fender P.
  8. aaronsdunn


    Mar 12, 2013
    You could've held onto it and plugged the new Aguilar AG-5P 60 pickup into it.
  9. JLY

    JLY Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Mike Lull P5
    Best low B I have played but the Sadowsky is great too
    The sustain on the Lull is incredible
  10. davedblyoo

    davedblyoo "All the mayhem and none of the sticky mess." Supporting Member

    Nov 15, 2012
    Augusta, GA
    I've got the Fender, I like the B string on mine a lot. It's head and shoulders above the one on the '97 American Deluxe Jazz 5 I had. Sorry yours didn't work out for you.
  11. Bassmunnky


    Jul 3, 2004
    New York and Philadelphia
    Endorsing Artist: Ernie Ball MusicMan Guitars
    I own the Carvin P 5

    And the Fender PV

    And Musicman Ray 5

    Carvin is the new # 1

    Read Ed Friedland's BP review. It is that good-

    And you can't touch Anything of that quality for Carvin's price. Nothin!

    Good luck in your quest
  12. I didn't care for the B on my US Fender either. I moved on and am muucch happier with my other basses. I'm glad to have put the whole 'I should own a Fender' thing to rest for good so I don't have to wonder anymore.

    +1. Killer custom bass. I have a few Carvins and they are all stellar, including the B strings.

    Another +1. If you are comfortable with a 35" scale, Laklands are great.
  13. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    Lull or Sadowsky would be (is) my choice.
  14. ZZZZZ

    ZZZZZ Guest

    I feel the same way about my BB415. They're a bit funny looking but can play and sound wonderful and the P soloed will easily pass for a Fender tonally.
  15. ZZZZZ

    ZZZZZ Guest

    I think the passive one I paid $200 for sounds more like a Fender than the active ones. It's PJ and at the risk of angering many Fender fans plays better than most Fenders I've played. It has an 18mm bridge spacing which is important to me as all my 5's are between 17-18.
  16. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013

    Dingwall Super P.

    edit: oops, that's a 4. Super P5 pic below.
  17. Fender JAZZ 5?
  18. Herrick


    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    Carvin PB5.
  19. Zoomie


    Jan 26, 2012
    East Tennessee
    Dingwall Super P5. My AVRI was kicked to the cub when this arrived.


  20. mark beem

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

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama
    This!! I love mine!