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P basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ZombiBoi95, Feb 3, 2014.

  1. ZombiBoi95


    Dec 6, 2013
    Can anyone recommend me a good p bass. I quite like the fender american standard but I don't know if there are better options to go for. Big fan of pino palladino so I would immediately stick a set of flats on it. I currently play in a blues/rock/jazz band in which I play a fender american 62 RI jb which I ****ing lovely but I also wanna add a p bass into the sound.
  2. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Check out Fender’s MIM Standard Precision and their MIM ‘50s Classic Precision. I own the latter, and am extremely pleased with it.
  3. The Bass Clef

    The Bass Clef Formerly "thebrian" Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 17, 2010
    Since you already have a '62 AVRI Jazz, a great "sister" to that bass would definitely be a '62 AVRI P (or a '57)! Fender stopped making all those models last year, but you can still find new old stock ones and lots of used ones in the classifieds here and on ebay. And that will get you as close to Pino's sound as you can get without having Pino's fingers (and there's always the Custom Shop Pino bass too). The new AVRI models are the '63 and '58 Ps, which are very nice basses, but also more $$.

    The American standard Ps (I believe) use the same P/Us as the '62 AVRIs have, so sound-wise, it won't make much of a difference between the 2. Mainly, the "right" choice depends on if you like a more modern feeling neck and appointments, or the vintage style.
  4. Joe Milstein

    Joe Milstein Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2007
    Central New Jersey
    Gamma Bass Guitars
  5. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Land of Lakland
    The new Dan Lakin Basses P Bass looks pretty darn good.
  6. bherman

    bherman Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Grand Junction, CO
    A Lot of it depends on your budget. There are good P's to be had for under $300 (think Squier VM) and up - Fender has a full range - and then lots of clones (Lakland, Carvin, the list goes on). Always tones of them here in the TB classifieds......

    I play a vintage P and love it.
  7. ronlitz


    Apr 20, 2008
    Northern Virginia
    I agree with bherman - need to know what your price preference is.

    I have small hands, so the reissues that have a 1.75" nut width are too wide for me. I just went to the Fender site, and it looks like the "American Vintage '63" is the closest thing they offer now to your '62 RI jazz. This bass has the wide neck though. It does have a 7.25" radius, which I prefer to the 9.5". To me, the feel of the neck is so important, you just have to try it before you decide. If you're used to your Jazz neck - and like that width - you might not like the chunkier Precision neck. I know I much prefer the Jazz.

    I have an American Standard P that I like, but I *hate* the stupid grooves in the bridge saddles! Not only have I never wanted to adjust the string-to-string spacing, I can't even get even spacing between strings with the slots available in the grooved saddles. It's probably nit-picking - but it really bugs me. I also never use the string-thru option of the bridge because it's too limiting to find strings that are just the right length for that.

    Of the current offerings, I would pick the American Standard.
  8. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

    Sep 24, 2007
    Bethel CT
    Endorsing Artist: VF Cables, Dirtbag Clothing
    I would buy a 1983 P bass in black and maple. I know were you can get one also
  9. Joe Milstein

    Joe Milstein Supporting Member

    Dec 7, 2007
    Central New Jersey
    Gamma Bass Guitars
    Some random reviews/info of GAMMA Basses on line here:

  10. P Town

    P Town

    Dec 7, 2011
    The new Fender American Deluxe Basses are spectacular instruments.
  11. Tbone76


    Aug 24, 2013
    Upstate, NY
    I picked up a Fender American Special satin honeyburst P used a few months ago. It has a nitro finish, maple neck with 9.5" radius, posiflex support rods, a neck width of 1.625", and a thinner neck profile front-to-back than other p-basses. It sounds killer with chromes on it and it's nice and light. It's $900 new, and used it goes for around $500 or so.
  12. ZombiBoi95


    Dec 6, 2013
    Price range is around £500-£700 so as u can guess I'm looking at second hand fenders but that's not to say I wouldn't spend that on a new p bass. I forgot to say that I'm also thinking about the p bass being a 5 string but I'm not sure about that yet.
  13. ZombiBoi95


    Dec 6, 2013
    Also just wanted to say thanks to everyone for their input
  14. ZombiBoi95


    Dec 6, 2013
    So what about other brands of p basses ect. Sadowsky, lakland, overwater. I don't know many. Would anyone recommend some of these or is fender probably the better option in build quality, weight, overall sound

    AMJBASS Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2002
    Ontario, Canada
    Those other options are great, but a bit more of a modern approach(or at least modern refinements). I would strongly lean towards a Lull P4 if you are looking to pick up a higher end Precision. Build quality is as high as it gets, and the basses are super light weight, not to mention great sounding. The Fender '63 Reissues are also excellent.
  16. I have a MIM with a maple board that sounds/plays better than my American Standard 5er. I got it cheap and gave it a good set up.
  17. pedroims


    Dec 19, 2007
    I love my Fender Road Worn, last week I sold my Fender American Standard and keep the RW. You like Pino Palladino then a RW in fiesta red would be a great option for you.
  18. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    Fremont, Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Lots of good options, nowadays. Fender and Lakland (and Lakin) have already been mentioned, but I would also suggest that you check out the Carvin PB series.
  19. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    I'd encourage you to at least TRY a Fender standard or American standard Precision to get a baseline.

    And yeah, Fender roadworns have the best FEEL of any new Fenders I've played in a long time, so I'd encourage you to have a go on a few of those like others have mentioned. Really, REALLY nice feeling and playing basses, it's more than just the "relic" thing with those, they really are player's basses.

    Sure, other manufacturers that also produce fenderesque basses may have more features or have better or worse quality, I'm sure you'll hear a lot about that. But again if you at least have an idea what the actual Fender feels,sounds, and plays like maybe you can better appreciate the differences (and price points!)

    Good luck. :)