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PJ that works

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Needenaneden, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. Needenaneden


    Feb 22, 2011
    What company makes a PJ that works like it should? One that covers the Precision thump and the Jazz growl and gets a great tone combing the two pickups? Does it exist?
  2. Denny Coon

    Denny Coon

    Jan 10, 2010
    Spector baby! All tha way!
  3. Dan Knowlton

    Dan Knowlton Sarcasm: Just ONE of the many services I offer! Gold Supporting Member


    And I was impressed with the one Alleva Coppolo PJ-5 that I played.

    Dan K.
  4. temmrich

    temmrich Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2012
    Dayton, Ohio
    Sandberg. Even though they flip the P it still sounds the best (to me).
  5. Luckydog


    Dec 25, 1999
    Sadowsky has it figured out. It works.
  6. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Sadowsky metro hybrid pj
  7. johndough247

    johndough247 Supporting Member

    big +1 to Sadowsky...I have the reverse PJ though, but it still does all the things you asked about and does it quite well.
  8. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    I made one out of my 76 Precision with a Fender 62 CS pickup from the late 90's and a DiMarzio Ultrajazz.
  9. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Anything with EMG's or Bartolini's.
  10. +1
    I've realized if the Jazz pup is a little hotter than the P pup, it sounds more "balanced" with both volume full-on, or the pup blend knob at 50/50.
  11. Baird6869

    Baird6869 RIP Gord Downey. A True Canadian Icon. Supporting Member

    Spector and Sadowsky for sure!

    I tried many over the years and both nail it IMO...
  12. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    I don't know of a passive other than the pricey Fender Tony Franklin, because it alone does what you ask without trying to mix the pickups -- which simply doesn't work worth squat in V/V/T due to its inherent electronic problems.
  13. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    Go to go with Bikeplate on this one!
  14. halfjackson


    Feb 19, 2010
    Boston, MA
    From my understanding, Mike Lull makes a great PJ. And ulike traditional P basses, it has a 21st fret.
  15. nostatic

    nostatic Supporting Member

    Jun 18, 2004
    los angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: FEA Labs
    Nordstrand, Sadowsky, Lull, Fodera all work just fine.
  16. darkside 88

    darkside 88

    Feb 23, 2005
    Bay Area, CA
    G&L and Yamaha make some great P/Js.
  17. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Registered Rickenbacker Enthusiast Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    Another vote for Spector.
    Of my 4 Spectors, 3 have the P/J pups, and one of them is a USA NS-2, purchased just today - used - for about 1/2 the price of a new one. The USA is the gold stain finish, the white one is a Euro LX, and the plum one is an older Euro CRFM with the solid flame maple wings. The 2-band active EQ & pickup blend knob allows for a wide range of tones, all very musical & usable. Add the neck-thru design, classic Spector carved & contoured body and easy access to all 24 frets, and you have a well built, highly versatile & ergonomic instrument.


  18. petrus61

    petrus61 Supporting Member

    There is not a two pickup passive bass currently available that will sound like either of its respective forebears, IME. Get one, the other, or both but don't expect a PJ to be able to fully do what just a J or P can in the tone dept. I have never played an example whose pickups character has not been affected by the presence of another. I'm one of a million voices, so take it with a grain.
  19. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Ya, kind of my thinking, too. I've tried it with a vintage style J and it didn't work out so well.
  20. jimc


    Sep 17, 2002
    New Carsmell, CA
    I've had a number of PJs both in 4 and 5 string versions. I've never wanted to emulate the sound of a P or J exactly and I agree that they don't do that. What they do is bring a variation on the P and J sound which sounds wonderful to my ears. 100% P + 90% J or vice versa is the sound I dig. Don't think of it as replacement for a Precision or Jazz, think of it as it's own unique voice.