PJ bass yes or no?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Kitkit, Jun 13, 2021.

  1. Kitkit


    Jun 13, 2021
    I am considering buying a washburn t14 PJ bass. Anyone have any advice on Pj bases .
  2. if you want a P bass sound with some J scoop and bite then go for it. not sure what advice you are looking for.
  3. Kitkit


    Jun 13, 2021
    Thanks just seeing if anyone has a review of the washburn T14 , good buy or bad buy. Nit playing that long myself. So all info is welcomed.

    Thanks for your reply
  4. lomo

    lomo passionate hack Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2006
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  5. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    The PJ can be a great versatile instrument. Id probably pass on Washburn .
    Not sure what your budget is but Yamaha and Ibanez make good PJ basses at every price level.

    The Fender Duff Mc Kagan & Boxer basses as well as the Elite Precision are nice.

    Spectors are nice too!!

    The best PJ basses I like are the Yamaha BB3000, BB2000, Sadowsky Verdine White , and Musicman Caprice .
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  6. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    i can't help with specific info/opinions re: that particular washburn instrument, but: PJ axes are versatile...and fun! good choice! :thumbsup:
  7. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    What color?
  8. PJ is sweet versatile pickup layout. I'd say go for it.

    Basically, you have 3 different kinds of sound.

    1. P-pickup alone: classic P-bass tone.

    2. Both pickups at full: modern mid-scooped tone, great for rock/metal and slap.

    3. J-pickup alone: burpy Jaco bridge tone. Not very usable in band context (IMO) but can work in solo setting (especially when using harmonics).

    Bonus: instead of "both pickups at full" it's worth trying nearby options:
    - P-pickup at 100%, J-pickup at 80-90%
    - P-pickup at 80-90%, J-pickup at 100%.

    Those options reduce the mid-scoop while maintaining overall tone and shifting the character towards one of the pickups.
  9. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    6 of my basses are PJ's, if not always in Fender form, though most are.
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  10. Kitkit


    Jun 13, 2021
    Getting it very cheap €80 and it's in great condition so don't think I can go to far wrong. Small budget so limited on choice.
  11. Kitkit


    Jun 13, 2021
    Why would that matter ?
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  12. Altitude

    Altitude An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2005
    Denver, nee Austin
    PJ basses have a distinct sound. They aren't "the best of both worlds" between a P and a J. They are their own thing.

    If you solo the P pickup on a PJ, you get a P bass. As long as the P pickup is placed where it would be on a regular P. There's an academic [only] debate around here as to whether the presence of the J pickup prevents the P from sounding totally purely like a P bass. Possibly the magnetic interference of the J pickup is an issue with the vibration of the strings. Possibly the complexity of the wiring is an issue. Possibly the brain of the player is.

    The answer is unknowable, but the data presents strongly to the conclusion that only expensive audio measurement instruments or Talkbass P bass snobs could tell the difference.

    With both pickups wide open, PJs have a cool "ping" in the high end of the tone that I can't hear in any other pickup configuration.

    They became popular in the 80s when bass players began adding J routs to their P basses to tighten up the low end a little. In my opinion, that happened around the time Yamaha was coming on heavy with the BB series, and I hear hear the BB PJ tone as the quintessential PJ tone. My opinion only.
  13. 80jazz


    Jun 28, 2008
    Spector would be the only PJ bass that would really interest me. However, I did play a Yamaha PJ today (not for the first time either) that never ceases to impress. This comes from a guy who would much prefer a MM/P over a PJ.

    I hope you find one you like. I am a bassist who does not seem to quite understand the appeal.
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  14. I like them. Some people don’t. You might.
  15. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody really notices
    They rock 20210510_160053.jpg 20210527_174011.jpg

    It's a P bass. They rock. Difference is, you can scoop the mids at will by diming the bridge single. Like a jazz bass.
  16. tubatodd

    tubatodd Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2004
    Birmingham, AL
    This is either a very cerebral response or being funny. If cerebral, I could see this as hinting that a PJ is always a good choice, so only the color is worth debating. If being funny, well it's still funny.
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  17. Hounddog409


    Oct 27, 2015
    I'm OK with them.

  18. LP Freak

    LP Freak

    Jun 13, 2021
    Love my Fender
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  19. David76112


    Feb 19, 2012
    How much does it weigh?
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