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P, or PJ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ScottyQBass86, Apr 21, 2010.


  1. ScottyQBass86

    ScottyQBass86

    Mar 16, 2008
    Hey. So I'm thinking of building myself a bass (warmoth and such). I play mostly alt rock, reggae, dub, grunge. I know I want a four string (thinking of going natural finish, black pg, maple fretboard) with a jazz body and a p neck, but I'm split about pickups. I know I want a p pickup, but I'm thinking about a PJ. I like having all that free space back there when I'm playing harder with a pick, but does it really make that big a difference? Is there really anything to lose by having one?

    P.S. I'm thinking of going with a dimarzio model p and model j, but do you guys have any other ideas?
     
  2. Personally I think the J pickup gets in the way when I play with a pick. I like the tone of the PJ but it does kind of irritate me having it there. I have the Dimarzio PJ pickups in my Fender Lyte, and they're not bad at all. I rather like the aggressive tone they have.
     
  3. ScottyQBass86

    ScottyQBass86

    Mar 16, 2008
    I'm looking for a really aggressive sound, that'll distort a bit, but still have a ton of bass to it. something like a sledgehammer, on fire.
     
  4. darkstorm

    darkstorm

    Oct 13, 2009
    The 2nd pup can make a very big diff sound wise. Both when soloed and when blended with the other pup. A single pup bass can be very nice. But unless it does exactly everything you want the bass to do, a 2nd pup is best choice to add the versatility needed. I do have a single P pup bass, but it also has active 2band eq. It wont replace my two pup bass, but it does do exactly what I want it to do, so in this case a 2nd pup for it isnt desired.
     
  5. By what sounds you described habe you considered like a MM humbucker? So what like the old deluxes looked like?
     
  6. ScottyQBass86

    ScottyQBass86

    Mar 16, 2008
    a-step-towards, do you mean in conjunction with the P? or just a MM by itself?

    darkstorm, i'm totally with you logically that it can't really hurt, only add some versatility, but does it ever get in the way of picking, like eaglemoon said?
     

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