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Played a 70's Fender P bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by madbassplaya, Feb 16, 2013.

  1. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    Had no idea my buddy had this. He's a guitarist and it was his old mans. His dad bought it when he was 15. Had a good tone and was fun to jam on!

    Couple of photos:


  2. meatwad


    Apr 9, 2008
    Smallville, USA
    Nice bass!
  3. ShirazBop

    ShirazBop When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 29, 2006
    Greensboro, NC
    Sweet! 70's something looks like.... Heavier or lighter?
  4. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    Yea, I believe it was a 70 something. Didn't feel too hefty. Killer tone.

    And i'm not a "this is vintage so it sounds good" kind of guy. This really did sound good! :)
  5. If I saw that bass for a good price in a guitar shop, I'd take that home for sure. I like that color.:)
  6. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I'm not a p bass guy either but I do admire their simplicity and place in music history. I'm a Gibson kinda guy but even I like using P once and a while ;) JOHNNYSMOKEBuffaloNYwaterfront8-19-13102.
  7. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    I wasn't a P bass guy either, until December of 2011. Now I own three, and always have one with me at practice.
  8. Nobody

    Nobody Banned

    Jul 14, 2004
    I don't think you're supposed to say "not a P bass guy" on talkbass. ;-)
  9. They'll get over it or they won't. I'm just not a Fender guy at all, let alone a P. :D
  10. FourtyOneHz


    Dec 16, 2012
    Yeah, it seems like a sacrilege, doesn't it? After a P bass is 'the' bass, everything else is just competing for second place. :D
  11. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    Let's not turn this into something it's not...

    I played a cool vintage P bass. :)
  12. Cool indeed. This dates to 1974-early 1976, based on the headstock logo and position of the thumbrest, BTW.
  13. nubs


    Mar 1, 2005
    i cant hardly believe "tort" or "flats" hasnt been mentioned yet! come on guys!! i am a thunderbird guy myself but i gotta have a couple Pbasses, and a couple Jazz as well they are just industry standards, IMO......
  14. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.

    Tort is cool

    Flats suck ...

  15. I'm not a P bass guy either and I've never even considered owning a fender, but I do respect that P basses do what they do well. If it wasn't for my Yamaha BB fretless, I might've gone for a vintage (original or re-issue) P bass for that buttery tone on the mellow stuff.
  16. TexasTodd


    Jan 10, 2013
    I love all basses :)

    ...even the P bass hanging on my wall (with a tort and half rounds) :)
  17. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    I have a P with tort and flats, it's got .105-.050 d'addario chromes, I call it my workout bass. Playing it is like resistance training for my hands. :)

    great looking p bass I'm guessing 74-76.
  18. I have a sincere question for all of the non-fender players. Have you ever played Blues Bass; live, for money, in a band?
  19. SactoBass

    SactoBass There are some who call me.......Sactobass Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    Hehehe......nice try, MBP, but you know how humans are! They can't resist an opportunity to turn even a simple, complimentary thread into a battle of opinions.

    I think it's cool that you found yourself liking the tone from that mid-70's P bass.
  20. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    that's good times right there ^
    I may have to signature quote that.