Non fender P's

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


  1. mcfrankson

    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

    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

    prd004

    Dec 3, 2010
    Mike Lull
     
  6. SJan3

    SJan3

    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

    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

    iiipopes

    May 4, 2009
    Thanks.
     
  11. jasonbraatz

    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
    :cool:

    Non-Fender P-Basses.

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

    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

    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. gwangi

    gwangi Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2009
    Forbidden Valley
  18. Stilettoprefer

    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.
     
  19. 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...
    http://www.mikelull.com/site/instruments/basses/bass-P4_P5.html