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Sadowsky P-J Configuration

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RunngDog, Dec 6, 2005.


  1. RunngDog

    RunngDog

    Jan 22, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Just sort of curious. Nearly every P-J bass I've ever seen is a essentially a P-bass (i.e., P body and neck) with a J bridge pickup added. The big exception is Sadowskys, where the norm seems to be a J-bass with a split P pickup in place of the neck jazz pickup.

    Any reason that anyone knows of for this? Or is it just my imagination?
     
  2. Fretless5verfan

    Fretless5verfan Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2002
    Philadelphia
    Funny you should bring this up. i figured if you had a J body, it should be called a j-p bass instead of a p-j....but that's neither here nor there.

    i don't he's the only one. i'm pretty sure lull does it too, i know some people have issues with Ps on J bodies. I do and so does nino. (which is why i'm getting a bell cover over mine ;) )
     
  3. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    HI

    J bass bodies are sexier. LOL

    Rob
     
  4. basadam

    basadam

    Nov 29, 2005
    I believe (though I'm no expert) Fender did that first with JP-90. The current Aerodyne series have J-body and P/J setup.

    I always thought P is masculine and J is feminine :)
     
  5. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    And of course, you can get Sadowsky P/J's in either the J-style body or the P-style body.

    Tom.
     
  6. RunngDog

    RunngDog

    Jan 22, 2003
    Chicago, IL
    Yes, of course you can. My comment was really just how rare the P body seems to be on the Sad P-J -- I couldn't find a single picture of one on the Sadowsky website or in relevant threads here.
     
  7. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Here you go!

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  8. Luckydog

    Luckydog Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    "My comment was really just how rare the P body seems to be on the Sad P-J"

    I believe Mr. Garcia on this board is offering one for sale. May be gone by now.
     
  9. tombowlus

    tombowlus If it sounds good, it is good Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2003
    North central Ohio
    Editor-in-Chief, Bass Gear Magazine
    Here are a few more:

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  10. Luckydog

    Luckydog Supporting Member

    Dec 25, 1999
    this one...
     
  11. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Philadelphia
    Fender's also doing the P/J thing on J bodies with the Reggie Hamilton Signature and upcoming Frank Bello Signature models. I prefer P/J pickups on a P body, but these (and the Sadowsky of course) look good to me.
     
  12. dwjazz54

    dwjazz54

    Jan 21, 2003
    Jersey City, NJ
    When I first saw this thread, I was all over the "j's are sexier" thing.




    Then bikeplate had to go and spoil my fun!
     
  13. Sufenta

    Sufenta Trudging The Happy Road of Destiny

    Mar 14, 2002
    The Signpost Up Ahead.
    Among others, Lakland will to a Glaub P/J. Came "." close to ordering one about a year ago. :(
     
  14. Muzique Fann

    Muzique Fann Howzit brah

    Dec 8, 2003
    Kauai, HI
    That black 5'er is mean :eek:
     
  15. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    +1000!
     
  16. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    HI

    Yep. And I'd rather play with a girl. LOL

    Rob
     
  17. edfriedland

    edfriedland Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2003
    Austin, TX
    Anyone have experience with the Sadowsky P/J's with the reversed P pickup? The bass coil is closer to the bridge and the treble coil is closer to the neck. It makes total sense to me, especially for a 5ver, and especially mixed with a J.
    I'm just wondering if it still has the classic P bass tone when you solo the P pickup. Any users out there?
     
  18. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    I'd rather wear boys' clothes!
     
  19. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    HI

    Clothes are up for debate

    Rob
     
  20. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member

    I can't speak to the Sadowsky specifically, but my experience with reversed P P/J setups is that they don't do the classic P-bass tone very well. The reversed P generally has better string-to-string balance... which is a good thing if you're looking for that. But the beauty of the classic P pup IMO is having a sweet singing tone on the D-G strings and fatter tone down low.

    I agree with you that the advantage to reverse P/J is when both pups are used together, especially when slapping: you get more growl on the low strings and better 'pop' on the D and G. But some players (Vic Wooten) prefer standard P/J for all styles.