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P-Bass Showdown

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jkudding, Aug 30, 2008.

  1. jkudding


    Apr 24, 2008
    Calgary, Alberta
    Hey All!

    I'm about to sell one of my basses in order to pick up a P-bass of some kind. So the next big question is....WHICH ONE?

    I'll have a budget around $2500 - $3000, so there are definitely options.

    I've narrowed it down to:

    Lakland Bob Glaub (US)
    Sadowsky Vintage P
    Mike Lull
    Early 70's Fender (if I can find one)

    How can you guys help me? Well, I've only gotten to read about all of these except a 70's Fender, which I've actually tried, and loved. Therefore, if you have experience with more than one of them, or are totally partial to one on the list, please enlighten me as to why you like one better than the others.

    I really really appreciate everyone here for the incredible amount of insight in which I'm sure to receive from all of you. Thanks in advance!!

  2. From what I have heard I would consider an 2008 American Standard P as well.

    If you can get somewhere to play the final contenders - that should tell you which on to buy. If not follow your first instinct it is usually roght.
  3. 76Dub

    76Dub Guest

    Jul 9, 2008
    I have owned many Fender P's and a good amount of Lakland Bob Glaub USA's. They both do the vintage thing very well and the Lakland necks feel the best to me. I currently have a Sadowsky PJ (Ash/maple) and it is the all around best from old school to new school and everything in between. And the neck is killer. Best P Bass I have owned Hands Down! And mine only weighs 8 1/2 lbs too!
  4. 76Dub

    76Dub Guest

    Jul 9, 2008
    And if you want that early 70's P Bass tone look no further bro;)
  5. gahpg


    Jun 30, 2007
    Brookfield IL
    You really can't go wrong with any of those. I'd probably get one of the boutique ones though because the customer service is gonna be a lot better than Fender in case something is wrong. Personally i'd get the Glaub, it's a very sweet vintage styled P. I own a skyline version and i'm amazed by the quality and feel every time I pick it up; and that's not even the US one!

    Let us know what you get!
  6. jkudding


    Apr 24, 2008
    Calgary, Alberta
    Would the '08 Standard P truly compete with the others on that list?
  7. gahpg


    Jun 30, 2007
    Brookfield IL
    If you find THE ONE, it can hang with them. It won't be the best out of your list but for the money it's good. A lot of people have been saying good things about them around here but there are a couple of bad apples out there too, but definitely not as much as before in previous years. Fender has stepped it up this year big time but Sadowsky Lakland etc still make the best basses. If you play one in a store and love it then get it.
  8. Lakland. I've had the 70's Fender. Lakland is better.
  9. jkudding


    Apr 24, 2008
    Calgary, Alberta

    Is that a tonal preference or a feel?
  10. Feel, then tonal preference. I started out on a '75 Fender Precision. The Lakland feels better, hands down.
  11. Left Left Goose

    Left Left Goose Banned

    Aug 19, 2008
    lighter i would imagine aswell
  12. Actually, not really. My Fender P was right around 9 lbs.
  13. Left Left Goose

    Left Left Goose Banned

    Aug 19, 2008
    ima shut my mouth now
  14. jkudding


    Apr 24, 2008
    Calgary, Alberta
    So it's looking like the Fender is out, and since no one has mentioned the Lull, I'll scrap that as well...

    Sadowsky vs. Lakland at this point... yikes..

    And final thoughts?
  15. At this point I think you're talking apples and apples.
  16. GregC

    GregC Johnny and Joe Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 19, 2007
    Well, don't move too fast now. Not many people have tried Lulls (and that includes me), which is probably why no one's mentioned them yet--but I've heard very good things about them.

    What kind of P bass tone are you after? If you're looking for Jamerson-style, old-school thump, I wonder if the Sadowsky can pull that off--I honestly don't know, I'm just asking given the Sadowsky rep for a modern-ish sound.

    I'm a big Lakland fan, and the couple of US Glaubs I've tried have been superb. Great passive P tone.

    And on the Fender front, I would argue that you'd be better off trying out a Fullerton-era (1982-84) reissue of the '57 or '62 Precision rather than an early '70s P. I've found them to be better-made, more resonant and lighter, on average. I have an '83 '57 reissue (with '62 pickups), and I'd put it up against any of the vintage Fender P's I've tried at Chicago Music Exchange. Prices on the Fullerton-era basses have gone up, but so have the '70s P. Dollar for dollar, I think the Fullertons are a better value.

    I guess that's no help in narrowing down your choices, but there it is.:D
  17. Fretlessboy


    Nov 29, 2007
    St Augustine Florida
    Endorsing artist GENZ BENZ/HERCULES STANDS/XSonics
    I have a '65 pbass that has been with me since 8/11/83. 15-20 have come and gone ... I love my Laklands and the hold their own.
  18. 2minkey


    Apr 23, 2006
    i've played a couple lulls and they are very nice. do check them out.

    mike lull himself is a really nice guy. not why you buy an instrument, but it does make you feel better about buying something.
  19. For me SAD Ultra P/J. Nothing else to say.
  20. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks I build Grosbeak Guitars and Basses Commercial User

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    Grosbeak Guitars
    Well I dont think any of what you listed could be a bad choice. I was in the same boat a few months ago and decided to order a Sadowsky Metro Precision.

    Basically I chose Sadowsky for these key reasons:

    -The sound: It does the vintage P thing very well, but also can get a little more modern with the pre.

    -The neck: This is a Jazz bass width neck. I do like P necks, but find that I play much cleaner on a slimmer style neck. Also I loved the fact that it has a 12" (flat) fingerboard radius, and 21 frets.

    -Quality: Even though all the others you listed have high quality standards (well maybe with the exception of the Fender, depending on if you get a good one or not) I felt like the Sadowsky delivered all of the traditional elements I wanted, along with some modern appointments, in a high quality instrument.

    That said, tone and feel are both highly subjective and it would be best to try before you buy.

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