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recommend a non P bass to a P bass lover

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dnp41, Sep 13, 2017.

  1. dnp41


    May 10, 2016
    Ok, so I love my P bass, but want to extend my horizon. I don't really like a jazz neck (because of the but width, it just feels strange to me) so I went for a dimension bass (see avatar), however I will be returning that bass. Its sound just doesn't excite me one bit. Every time I lay it aside and plug in my P I just go like.. "ooh there's it, that's what I was looking for".

    What is a good bass for someone who loves a P bass (MiM, so 1 5/8 or for people like me 41 mm, and slim profile) but wants to extend their sounds/horizon?
  2. CaseyVancouver


    Nov 4, 2012
    image. image.

    I've owned and loved pre basses since 1972.

    Two basses I bought this year feel very comfortable to play, like my '81 pre special. Alembic Essence if you can spend money, and a Ibanez SR series if you can't. Love both of these.
  3. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
    Fretless P-bass? Rick?
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  4. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    Get a Mike Lull PJ. You'll be where you want to be and with extended horizons.
  5. Gorn


    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
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  6. Rockonjp76


    Aug 8, 2016
    716, NY
    Peavey T-40?
  7. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    NJ or Pa
    Ibanez Talman TMB 600.
    Not the typical thin Ibanez neck...came as a bit of surprise to me.
    Nordstrand pickups, active but capable of going fully passive.
    Never cared for Ibanez until I played one of these. Very good bass for only $550...the Prestige, their pro model sells for $1,300...but believe me, this really gets the job done.
  8. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    NJ or Pa
    Well, if you like the feel of your Precision but want to expand your tonal palette...

    When Leo Fender† launched the G&L SB-2™ bass in 1982, he packed his latest innovations in pickup and bridge design into a straightforward, hard-working bass. If you prefer a less-is-more aesthetic but hunger for something meatier, the SB-2 is just the ticket.

    The SB-2 starts with a familiar shape, though subtle modifications to its sculpting make it more sleek and balanced. Strap it on and it immediately feels at home, yet somehow more comfortable than you expected. The slim, C-shaped neck falls immediately to hand, checking in with a comfortable 9 1/2" radius and 21 Jescar 57110 medium-jumbo nickel-silver frets ready to deliver silky playability.

    Once the SB-2 has nestled into your comfort zone, it’s time to experience just how far Leo evolved the classic duo of split-coil and single coil pickups. You see, these Magnetic Field Design™ interpretations were created by Leo to give you more gusto without losing detail and finesse. A simple dual-volume control setup allows you to strike any balance between the two, even backing off both volumes to dial in a more vintage flavor. What’s more, the SB-2 features an innovative Leo Fender-designed Saddle-Lock™ bridge to transfer string energy right into the body end-grain for an incredibly resonant instrument.

    The bottom line: SB-2 brings the magic of Leo’s own reinterpretation of the P/J configuration in a bass that delivers all the tone and feel you'd expect in a "Latter Day Leo" instrument.

    Made in Leo Fender’s historic G&L facility on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California, the SB-2 is available with a wide range of custom options including body and neck woods, body and neck finishes, neck profiles and pickguard materials.

    Anyway, here's mine.

    After searching for another bass, I've decided to simply buy another one of these...this would be perfect!
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2017
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  9. JRA

    JRA my words = my opinion Supporting Member

    i only know PJ: they're not for everyone, but they have some versatility you might appreciate.

    good luck on your quest! :thumbsup:
  10. Thumb n Fingers

    Thumb n Fingers

    Dec 15, 2016
    PJ offers what you already like in tonal quality, as well as something to blend into the mix to get new sounds.

    EBMM Stingray since you already like the P neck and this has a similar width. Huge tonal variety there with the HH configuration and selector switch.
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  11. P lover then get a P, does not have to be a Fender P though to expand your horizons. Love P's but want to really expand your horizons...then don't get a P, totally get something else. +1 to the suggestions of a PJ (Special) bass.
  12. FugaziBomb


    Jun 5, 2017
    Peavey T-40s are great, and a natural finished example can be had for a bargain (Colors and bursts seem to demand a little more money, possibly because they aren't as common?). Neck profile isn't thin like a jazz, but rather wide. Also, EBMM Rays are great basses. Their necks are just a little less chunky than a P, but not by much (I think 1/8" smaller) and definitely deviate from the P Bass sound.
  13. dnp41


    May 10, 2016
    Yeah, but they almost all come with a J neck..
  14. Jazz bass with a precision neck. They are interchangeable.
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  15. aaronious

    aaronious Supporting Member

    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    A g&l m2000. Is the perfect bass for you. Has the same neck profile you like and can cop all the tones from jazz, to P to MM and everything in between.
    Trust me, I'm a doctor.
  16. Sid the Kid

    Sid the Kid

    Jun 7, 2013
    I recommend a G&L JB2. Very close to p bass shape, with jazz pickups and controls. Obviously great construction.

    Order whichever neck suits you, they have 1.75, 1.625, and 1.5 with different radii.
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  17. gard0300


    Jan 10, 2011
    Vandalia, Ohio
    A jazz bass, using only the neck pickup. ;)
  18. Im a J purist, but my 4 is PJ. If you dont like the J neck , or even its sound, I think these guys pointing you in the EBMM, Ibby direction are spot on, and even I'd say Lakland Skyline 44/55 styles ( used here in classified all the time) which may give you a more modern voicing to play with.

    What DO YOU want different from the beloved P?
  19. MoeTown1986

    MoeTown1986 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2010
    SoMD (Mechanicsville)
    I wanna say jazz bass. But, since you like the P, maybe a PJ as others have stated or a Stingray. They're really fun! And more P-ish feeling than a jazz.
  20. Pirate Captain

    Pirate Captain Elitist Jazz Snob ******** Supporting Member

    Dec 22, 2016
    Shelter Island, NY USA
    Not the Tony Franklin Sig
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