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P bass tone out of a J bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by toniwonkanobi, Sep 29, 2008.


  1. toniwonkanobi

    toniwonkanobi Supporting Member

    May 23, 2008
    Northern California
    Endorsing 1964 Ears, LLC.
    I just bought an 08 american standard jazz. really great bass. Sometimes, i feel like i could really use some fatty p bass sounds for some gospel/R&B music. How can i get a p bass tone from my jazz?
     
  2. the simple answer is buy a P bass! The pickups are wired differently, so you will never get an exact P bass sound from a jazz. Some people suggest just using the front pickup, but I tend to have both on because I like that 'growl' sound. Otherwise maybe try tweaking with your head.
     
  3. +1
     
  4. EQ, neck pup, maybe roll off the tone knob a bit. Moving your right hand up a bit helps too.
     
  5. S1-switching is said to be capable of doing that.
     
  6. YCBass

    YCBass Supporting Member

    Aug 29, 2007
    SoCal
    +1. I get a pretty decent imitation P sound from my Lull M5V (5 string J copy)... I solo the neck p/u and roll off the tone and pluck a little softer to make it fatter.

    You can never truly get that sound without the split pickup, IMO... But you can get close - a J can imitate a P, but not vice versa!
     
  7. southshoreconor

    southshoreconor

    Oct 30, 2007
    The Road
    Endorsing Artist: Fender Musical Instruments, SIT strings
    not on an 08.
     
  8. BigMac5

    BigMac5

    Nov 26, 2005
    San Diego, CA
    it's a very easy mod to do.
     
  9. nickn

    nickn

    Oct 6, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    I too just bought an 08 Jazz. I am (used to be) strictly a P-bass kinda guy. I'm kinda disappointed at the fact that I can't really get a ballsy P-bass tone out of my new J. This is as close as I can get to the tone of my P:

    Neck pickup on full
    Bridge pickup about 3/4 of the way rolled off
    Tone knob about 1/4 rolled off.

    Give it a try! :)
     
  10. Dimarzio Model J.

    P-style Humbucker under a J pup. Bass Guitar magazine dubbed it "The Marshall Killer" a while back b/c of its' lower midrange being so nice and dirty.


    Listen to it here:

    http://www.vial-family.ch/bass/
     
  11. BigMac5

    BigMac5

    Nov 26, 2005
    San Diego, CA
    +1
     
  12. Turn pickups in series, like S1 switch on fenders
     
  13. Or get this Jazz!! :D:rolleyes:

    View attachment 104088


    Fender Reggie Hamilton Jazz!! Damn it sounds nice!

    But- I agree w/ the S1- this mod to a jazz sounds pretty P-bass like! & is easy to do!
     

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