Sadowsky P/J Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 5bassman, Nov 10, 2005.

  1. 5bassman

    5bassman Supporting Member

    May 4, 2005
    I have owned a Sadowsky Metro with the Jazz pickups and am familier with the tone. What different tone will the P/J setup give me?
  2. thewanderer24


    Apr 29, 2002
    SJ, CA
    I am pretty sure the bridge pickup is the same for a P/J vs. J, so if you are isolated on the bridge it will sound the same. The P/neck pickup is gonna give you a wider fatter sound, that (especially with the VTC) will be able to give you unbelievable old school P tones. You can still get a growly sound out of the pickup blend centered, but it is gonna be a little different (a little fatter and maybe a little more nasally) than the J setup.

    that's my experience. Others may be a little different. I absolutely LOVE my Sadowsky P/J 4. Since getting it in February, I've hardly even thought about playing any other bass.

    Ultimately it's gonna depend on what sound you want and what you use it for.

    If you want that old school P tone, then I can't say enough how great it is, but make sure you get the VTC.
  3. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    All of the above plus...

    I had an ash/ maple VJ5 and a Alder/ RW PJ5

    They where about as far apart sonically as two Fender-esq basses can get. It was kind of surprising to me.

    I still have that PJ5 and it totally killed my instrument GAS
  4. kjones

    kjones Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2004
    I think the wanderer is exactly in the right direction. I concur with just about everything he said. If you want to hear some sound samples with my Sadowsky PJ, PM me with your email address (seems like I'm doing this a lot lately!) Also tell me if you have broadband.
  5. mebass5

    mebass5 Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2005
    I own a P/J 5 and a Metro J/J 5 that I use as a backup bass on the road, just in case.

    If I had to have just one bass it would be the Sadowsky P/J 5. It truly is a remarkable bass. You can get almost any sound you'd possibly ever need with this one bass. Put the notch right in the middle and you get a perfect blend on the P and the J sound. Roll forward to solo the P pickup and you have an incredible sounding P bass. Roll back just a bit toward the J pickup and you have an incredible sounding Jazz bass that's just a little bit fatter than any good Jazz bass you've ever played. In the studio, this bass is just about as fat as you'd ever want a bass to be, with an amazing warmth and growl that sits perfectly in a track. Live, you may have to roll off a little bit of the P pickup, depending on the venue, but, even doing that, you will have a kickin' fat sound.

    To answer your question, the P/J is definitely fatter than the J/J configuration. I love my Metro J/J too, but if I had to choose, it would definitely be the P/J.
  6. I dont know if the P/J you are buying has a P neck, but that will give you a complete different feel, when I play my P/J with teh P neck is completely different to my J/J J neck, to different worlds..............
  7. 5bassman

    5bassman Supporting Member

    May 4, 2005
    I'm pretty sure it has the J neck. I comes with 2 pickguards, one with a P pickup and one with a J pickup and factory routed for both. I already have a NYC j/j so this will give me a p/j. It should be here Tuesday! :hyper:
  8. BigMikeW

    BigMikeW Banned

    May 25, 2005
    Nashville, TN.
    Banned by TB Administration for refusal to account for funds

    I couldn't agree more. I had a JJ5 ash/ebony and when I got a PJ5 in ash/maple it was all over. Then my PJ5 in Alder/Morado came in and I was even happier.

    These two killed the JJ5's for and because of the wood combinations they are different enough to want to have both.

    As with Biker, the PJ5's cured my bass gas. I HIGHLY recommend trying them if you can find one.

    It is my understanding that Roger will be making Metro PJ's in the near future. I will definitely get one as a backup.

    The other cool thing is the route. It is a universal route for either traditional PJ placemeant or reverse PJ 9Like mine). Also, from what I hear, you can drop J's in the route. I haven't had a chance to check for sure but even if it doesn't just drop in, it would only require a minimal amount of routing.

    I plan on doing this and having additional pickguards made for J pickups. That way IF I need a J I can switch them out fairly quickly.

    Good luck.