Non fender P's

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mcfrankson, Nov 24, 2012.

  1. mcfrankson


    Jan 9, 2008
    Can anyone recommend some high end non-fender P basses? I want a P, but don't want a fender, oddly enough.
  2. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    What's your budget?
  3. mcfrankson


    Jan 9, 2008
    2500 max
  4. Rob L

    Rob L Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2006
    Chilly ND
    Lakland Glaub. A very nice P imo.
  5. prd004


    Dec 3, 2010
    Mike Lull
  6. SJan3

    SJan3 Supporting Member

    Dec 8, 2010
    Take a look at M Basses. I recently played a P Bass that was very special indeed!
  7. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    I read your post when you initially posted. I'm glad that you were able to build an instrument to meet your needs.

    OP - you may look at a G&L SB-1. Or SB-2 if you think you might need/want a bridge pickup. If it's in your budget and want to give multi-scale a go, you could order a Super P from Sheldon (Dingwall)...
  8. TomCHunley


    Jun 12, 2011
    Bowling Green, KY
    I practice a lot but still suck.
    +1 on the G&L SB-1. I have one and it's an amazing bass for the money.
  9. I scored an Alleva Coppolo Hippie P and I love it. Its really fat and punchy sounding
  10. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
  11. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    If I were going to spend good money on a Fender-type instrument that wasn't a Fender, it'd be a Valenti.
  12. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    Non-Fender P-Basses.

    USA Lakland Glaub
    Alleva Coppolo P-Bass
    Bluesman Vintage Guitars P-Bass
  13. hdracer


    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Used Sadowsky NYC is the only non Fender P I would ever consider in that price range.
  14. swamp2


    Feb 27, 2008
    Why would you want to spend that much on a P-bass? Pretty unnecessary, really... I don't think you'll end up with anything that's really much better than a $699 Fender American Special.

    I can see the spend for something set neck or neck through, active electronics, custom made, etc. But a p-bass clone? I don't get it...
  15. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    My advice is to check out every P-type you can, completely without prejudice, regardless of pedigree, and pounce on the first once you really fall in love with. I guarantee that you will find one. If $2500 is your ceiling, there will hardly be anything out of reach.
  16. Yamaha bb2000!
  17. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    Try a parts build with warmoth parts. Then you can do exotic woods and whatnot. It'll look kinda like a fender and sound like a modified Fender, but will be suited to you. Just get a professional fret level and dress on the neck as well as a bone nut made by a pro.

    It should be far under your budget and the learning involved in this kind of build is definitely worth the time and effort.
  18. Killens84

    Killens84 Supporting Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    A brand new Mike Lull P bass is around $2300-$2400 with a hardshell case. He basically takes Fender's formula and makes it as good as it gets. In my opinion, he builds the best Fender-inspired Precision and Jazz basses out there. There are other great builders out there who make Fender-inspired basses, but I believe his are closest to the original in looks & sound. His basses and customer service really are world-class. I own a Mike Lull jazz bass, and I'll actually have a brand new Lull P bass arriving in about 2 weeks or so. His build time is usually 3-4 months.

    Check out his P basses here...