P Bass Users, Were do you play your strings?

Discussion in 'Technique [BG]' started by jessicabass, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. Over pickup

    33 vote(s)
  2. Behind pickup

    14 vote(s)
  3. In front of pickup

    9 vote(s)
  1. jessicabass


    Dec 22, 2009
    Do you play over the pickup?
    Behind the pickup?
    In front of the pickup?
  2. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    All of the above.
  3. Fletz

    Fletz Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2009
    New Jersey
    Hartke artist
    Yes. All those places.
  4. tmw

    tmw Gold Supporting Member

    Oct 17, 2006
    Delmar, NY
  5. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    I play them wherever and however I need, to get the sound I'm looking for.
  6. PJRL


    Mar 27, 2010
    greenfield center NY
    Most of the time over the P-up, but you can change you sound by moving around.
  7. 10cc


    Oct 28, 2013
    Wherever they let me. No rules
  8. garak7

    garak7 Irritating the Neighbors Since 1964 Supporting Member

    Aug 20, 2010
    Bend, Oregon
    Mostly over.
  9. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    Different positions and different attack angles will produce different tones. This is true of all string instruments. Play around and find yourself a few favorite places.
  10. Fair Warning

    Fair Warning Deliverin' the Goods! Supporting Member

    All of the above are true. The simplicity of the P Bass leads one to pluck in all different spots to get the sond you are looking for
  11. bassie12


    Aug 23, 2008
    All of the above.
  12. FrednBass


    Feb 24, 2012
    over the neck/right behind the neck
  13. Schmorgy


    Jul 2, 2012
    Between the tuners and the nut.

  14. pretty much.
  15. As a rule for fingerstyle I favor playing behind the pickup, but if needed I'll move up towards the neck. With a pick, however, I tend to play just a bit in front of the pickup.
  16. ZachariahLee


    Feb 3, 2013
    Depends on the song, and existing tone knob setting.
  17. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings
    I usually rest my thumb on the pickup so I am playing slightly behind. However, I do move my position depending on the song so the answer to your question is all of the above.
  18. Robus


    Aug 25, 2013
    Chicago Area
    Everywhere from over the fretboard to as close to the bridge as I can get. Most often, just aft of the pickup.
  19. bkbirge


    Jun 25, 2000
    Houston, TX
    Endorsing Artist: Steak n Shake
    For mwah, as close up on the neck as I can get. For down home finger fonk it's just a hair to the neck side of the pickup. For rock grind it's over the pickup on the sweet tension spot for some real digging in. For articulation and when I want to get especially riffy like playing melody lines it's at the bridge for that burp. They all get used, all the time, often in the same song.
  20. thunderbyrd


    Nov 29, 2006
    i touch her where she wants to be touched.