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P or PJ

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rptrsn2, Apr 14, 2009.

  1. rptrsn2


    Feb 21, 2008
    Northeast Missouri
    Endorsing Artist: Aurora Strings
    Ive been wanting to add a p bass to my line up but why not a pj, would i be missing any of the p bass sound wiyh a pj. if you had the j pup all the way off would there be any difference between the two considering everything else was the same?
  2. If I had to pick between a P or a PJ (or J for that matter) - I'd definitely go for the PJ - more sound options.

    EDIT: Have you looked at the Aerodyne?
  3. southernrocker

    southernrocker Banned

    Apr 4, 2009
    You will get the p sound with a pj. I would get a PJ, it is a versatile beast. You are right that by soloing the p, it is the same as a p bass. The pj bass is an excellent bass.
  4. The PJ config is AWESOME. The volume may be a tad unbalanced, but no biggie. For some reason, PJ basses are the red-headed stepchild of the bass community. :p
  5. Jedisan


    Feb 25, 2009
    East Bay, CA
    My PJ, a Warmoth build... one of my most favorite and best sounding basses I have.

  6. Jefenator

    Jefenator Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2008
    I wish the PO hadn't added a J to my '78 P-bass - I'd prefer the simplicity of one good pickup in just the right spot.

    But since the J is there, I do use it from time to time. Mostly to cut through for soloing.
  7. barboom


    Sep 23, 2008
    Ottawa, ON
    except for a busted old rick copy, all my basses are PJs. It's a glorious configuration.
  8. YCBass


    Aug 29, 2007
    Ya, PJ all the way... I mean you can't go wrong with a P but it's nice to have more options. There will be a slight volume difference between the 2 pickups when you solo each, so try to get 2 volume controls as opposed to a blend knob - big difference. And yes, it will sound just like a P when the J pickup is off.
  9. rptrsn2


    Feb 21, 2008
    Northeast Missouri
    Endorsing Artist: Aurora Strings
    Thanks guys problem solved
  10. There are times I like the cleaner lines and simplicity of just a p, especially since I mainly use just the p pickups. But my main gigging bass is a pj and there are times that the j pickup comes in handy.
  11. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Love the P but the J alone doesn't do it for me; given a choice I prefer the PMM configuration.

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