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Reverend bass with P-bass pickup?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Philbiker, Nov 30, 2005.


  1. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Was there ever a Reverend bass with a P-Bass pickup? If so, how does/did it sound compared to a Fender? I've played a Rumblefish and I love the sound of the Mighty-Mite pickups in them, I'm thinking of trying one of their P pickups.
     
  2. Smallequestrian

    Smallequestrian Rock and/or Roll Supporting Member

    Jul 6, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Beta Tester: Source Audio
    There is a PJ rev on ebay right now actually. I had both the JJ and the PJ at one point. I prefered the sound of the PJ, just a nice round phat tone. I don't think Revs were using mighty mite pickups. The common accepted theory is that they were done by Kent Armstrong for Joe Naylor. However Joe has never really divulged who made his pickups. I wouldn't nescesarily choose a pickup because you liked it in a Rev anyway. The construction of the Revs is as much a part of the way it sounds as the pickups. If you get a chance to play a PJ though, do so.
     
  3. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    The early pups were designed and built in house, and later subbed to armstrong, AFAIK. Whoever made them did fine work.
     
  4. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    Well, what do you know?
     
  5. I thought it was the other way around! :D
    When I bought my first 'Fish in late 1998, I e-mailed Joe and he told me the pickups were Kent Armstrongs. That bass is #47. I later acquired #62 and called Joe to ask if the pickups in that one were also Armstrongs, and he said he didn't recall and would have to dig up the paperwork. I told him not to worry about it.
    I remember that by late '99, Reverend was advertising their basses as having Reverend pickups. I agree with Chef, though.. whoever made them really did a great job.
    Philbiker, sorry to derail the thread. Get your hands on a Reverend if you can, they're the best!
     
  6. Here's My Reverend and main axe.
     
  7. Folmeister

    Folmeister Knowledge is Good - Emile Faber Supporting Member

    May 7, 2003
    Tomball, Texas
    I have one coming via the Brown tomorrow! Ooooooooh, I can't wait! I love my JJ and am really fortunate to get a PJ.
     
  8. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Hey Dave: this is why I said "AFAIK!"
    What I do know fershure, and what we both agree on, is that Rev tone is the best, whoever wound those dang things.
    I played a P/J at the same time I bought my Houser 5, and decided that the BH5 was fatter, with more tones, and I like 5's better anyway. If I was strictly a 4 string P or J guy, I'd be all over one of those;) In fact, I may get one anyways if ebay ever presents the right chance...
     
  9. Smallequestrian

    Smallequestrian Rock and/or Roll Supporting Member

    Jul 6, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Beta Tester: Source Audio
    I always like an excuse to post a Rev pic. I love them but I couldn't keep them around.
    [​IMG]
     
  10. I've never had the chance to play a P/J, nor a Houser. I might get my hands on one, if I'm ever single again.. :help:
    By the way, there's still one of those premium 'Fish still left on their site. Ouch.
     
  11. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    Excellent!! I wish I'd bought a BH5 when I had the chance (and the money).
     
  12. Smallequestrian

    Smallequestrian Rock and/or Roll Supporting Member

    Jul 6, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Beta Tester: Source Audio
    If you go to Reverends instock page they are actually selling some of their bass pickups right now if your interested. They look real cheap too.
     
  13. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    WOW you are not kidding! How do you guys with Reverend P-J basses like the "P" tone? Does it kill like the JJ Rumblefish I've played?
     
  14. Smallequestrian

    Smallequestrian Rock and/or Roll Supporting Member

    Jul 6, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    Beta Tester: Source Audio
    If I could buy back only one of my Fishes, it would be the PJ. I never really found myself with the neck J more than 50% volume with the JJ anyways. With the PJ, when you go full out on the bridge pickup and then add a little of the P, you can get almost the same sounds as you can get with the JJ. Plus with the PJ you can have a great playing P sound with the P full on.
     
  15. I always play my Reverend PJ with the two first knobs closest to me turned all the way up and the last one near bridge turned all the way down. I assume this is solely using just the P pick ups. I don't like the J pick up sound. It adds this twang I could do without. Too bright.

    I guess, someday, I will be in the market for a vintage Fender P Bass.

    Why? I don't know.
     
  16. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    Know ahead of time that the JJ 'Fish never did anything for me (and in fact about the only JJ bass I ever really liked was the MTD Beast).

    I like my PJ 'Fish a whole lot. Great evenness across the strings and up-and-down the neck, the semi-hollow resonance/air to the sound, the solid and comfortable feel of the neck. I tend to play it with both pickups all the way up and tweak the tone as needed (usually all the way up as well) with TI Powerbass on it. I'm thinking about experimenting with some compression/ground/flat-wounds on it in the future for a more organic/vintage sound.

    PinkFloydDan - I think you are running your PJ 'Fish with both pickups all the way up and the tone all the way down (I think the knobs from neck side to bridge side are P/neck pickup volume, J/bridge pickup volume, tone).
     
  17. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I think so, too. It's VOL/VOL/TONE right? Both pickups all the way up and the tone rolled off is a good sound with a P-J equipped bass IMO. Try turning the tone up and turning the J pickup all the way down for the classic "P" tone.
     
  18. Yikes. Volume VOlume Tone is right.

    My ears tell me that the way I have the knobs set provides me with the deepest tone---lowdown. I've played with the knobs and when I turn the Tone up, it gets brighter--that's what I meant.

    I don't like the bright tones. I do not slap and don't have any desire to learn the technique.

    I am a bit uneducated on tuning in tones...and I just go by what I like to hear. My band also complains when they hear too much snap or brightness (well, really just the whining guitar player complains).

    So...I've never really found any other tone sound that I like from the bass other than the current setup.

    What I love most about the Reverends is the neck--very slick and fast. I never have felt a neck so good.
     
  19. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    The Rev 5L I have is a JJ....but it's not either;)
    There's no blend knob or seperate volume control per pup, so what you really have is one big wiiiide pickup. It sounds *awesome.*
    The BH5 has seperate pup controls.
    I've played any of the 4 strings...
     
  20. Philbiker

    Philbiker Pat's the best!

    Dec 28, 2000
    Northern Virginia, USA
    I am there with you, man! Passive bass players often have a fear of the tone control. They leave it all the way up and don't touch it! Not me. I have a friend who does a lot of major label engineering work and he refers to the tone rolled all the way down on a passive bass as "playing with mittens on". Great description IMO.