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pimp my p-bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by kiopd22, Jul 22, 2005.

  1. kiopd22


    Jul 19, 2005
    MIA. FL
    ok i have this one cheap fender p-bass and it was my 1rst bass so i dont wana let it go..but at the same time it dosnt sound as good as my other bass (ibanezSR405) and plus its my only 4 string. I want to use it for slapping. Any good suggestions on pimpin my p-bass to become a pimped out slap bass???
  2. Beav

    Beav Graphics Whore

    Jul 17, 2003
    Middle Tennessee
    Designer: Beav's Graphics
    New pickups, Badass II bridge, new pickguard and new tuners should fit the bill.
  3. Petary791


    Feb 20, 2005
    Michigan, USA
    I was always told that P-basses weren't the slap sort of bass...

    Have I been told wrong?
  4. bass_drum


    Feb 13, 2005
    I love the sound of my warwick nobby meidel bass (with a schaller pbass pickup) slapped.
  5. Trevorus


    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    You can slap any bass. If it sounds good, do it. My P sounds pretty good slapped, just that thumb rest on there gets in the way!
  6. Zebra


    Jun 26, 2005
    IMO, the P just isn't the bass for slap. I've seen people do it, but I just haven't met a slap-friendly P. I know mine sucks for it, and I also intend to pimp it out too. :D
    That said, does anyone know of a top-loading fender-style bridge with the 5 screw setup that's massy and not too expensive?
  7. EMG actives are the way to go to get a nice hifi P-bass slap tone. :)
  8. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    You asked....

  9. primus_55


    Dec 28, 2004
    Woah, that looks cool!
  10. Theshortlist_to


    Apr 20, 2005
    you've murdered a beautiful bass.... :crying:
  11. Audiophage


    Jan 9, 2005
    The Badass II is exactly what you're looking for unless $60-$90 American is too expensive for you.

    kiopd22: what type of wood is your body and neck made of?
  12. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    dude, what kind of pickup is in that chrome monster?

    I don't normaly go for diamond plate, but there is a certain brutal appeal to that bass
  13. Spikeh

    Spikeh Sex Strings

    I went from a Westfield P-Bass (still have it, gonna defret, replace pickups and maybe even put a tremeleo bar on it) to a Fender J-Bass cos the P-Bass wasn't any good at slapping.

    Either way, you most defintely want to replace the pickups on it for some jazz ones - Humbuckers?
  14. avenger86


    Dec 23, 2004
    Just randomly...isn't the Stu Hamm Urge 2 a p-bass? If so...I'm kinda guessing you can make a p-bass good for slap lol
  15. zac2944


    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    I find that a good fender p-bass has a nice thick slap tone. It's different than a jazz, but not bad in my opinion.

    Pimp your P? Have the whole thing painted in some flashy sparkle paint, body, headstock, everything. Then do what beav2k2 said. Just find pickups that will be bright and punchy. Get yourself some light guage stainless steel round wound srtings, maybe DR Hi-Beams. Then get yourself a cool stage name, a band, and funk it up!
  16. Thurisarz


    Aug 20, 2004
    What you need my friend is skull knobs (Black or chrome/nickel), DR strings, either Seymour Duncan QP P or a active P pickup and a 3-ply black (pearl)/white/black pickguard. That's nice! :cool:
  17. zac2944


    Dec 28, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    +1 on the skull knobs! But paint that sucka from head to toe.
  18. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Gold Supporting Member

    I love the sound of a slapped P-bass. That said, most people prefer the sound of a bridge pup when slapping. So, have your P-bass converted to a PJ-bass.

    Step 2: refinish it in huge metalflake, something like this:
  19. kiopd22


    Jul 19, 2005
    MIA. FL
    Damn thats a nice paintjob on that. Where can i do that and how mutch $$ would it run me??
  20. Toasted


    May 26, 2003
    Leeds, UK
    More than the cost of your bass.