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Six string P-bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Wootsticks, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. Wootsticks


    Jul 26, 2007
    Houston, TX
    Does it exist?
  2. Earwigger

    Earwigger I'm a Roland man now.

    Aug 23, 2005
    Cleveland, Ohio
    I think I've seen one before. It was a Conklin or another custom job.
    The Peavey TL-6 is similar. It has split coil pickups.
  3. Smallmouth_Bass


    Dec 29, 2005
    Fender just got around to making a true passive traditional 5-string P this year. Traditional, except for the 5th string! :D
  4. Wootsticks


    Jul 26, 2007
    Houston, TX
    If Fender ever makes a six-string bass that's not tuned like a guitar I'll eat my hat.

    EDIT: Well, Earwigger, I meant in the future.
  5. Earwigger

    Earwigger I'm a Roland man now.

    Aug 23, 2005
    Cleveland, Ohio
    They don't. And they probably won't. They made those 6-strings that the bassist from Alien Ant Farm played, but those are incredibly rare custom shop models (and not P-basses).
  6. I suppose if you have enough money, you can get some luthier to build you something great, although I'd think a P bass neck thickness on a 6 would be painful.
  7. doctorjazz


    Oct 22, 2006
    Wilmington, NC
    Well, there is the Steve Bailey custom model, if/whenever they decide to release one to the general public. And I've seen pictures of 6 string Jazzes at NAMM, so I know that there are at least a few "real" 6 string Fenders in existence.
  8. Doesn't John Turner have a 7-string Conklin P- bass?
  9. dakpluto


    Oct 14, 2006
    Orlando, FL
    I know he has a 7-string J-bass.

    3rd bass from left:


    And that fretboard looks like a freaking nightmare to play.
  10. andvari7


    Aug 28, 2004
    Um, no. Not similar in the slightest. I've owned a TL-Six for two years, and while it has split coil pups, there are two of them, and they are active. Not P-sounding at all. I'd much rather HAVE a split coil, PASSIVE, six-string bass pickup, and the volume/tone pot config of a P-Bass. Still a fine bass, though.

    And, for the record, I was comparing this to a stock (except for the strings) 1973 Fender P.
  11. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    I opted for a dual coil with a push/pull volume knob to give me a series / parallel option. It's a 1951 slab style P body... that can be P like in tone too.

  12. WHOA!! That's a cool bass, who made that one??
  13. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    Chris Benavente... I had it built in 2003/2004 (got it in May 2004).
  14. Very cool indeed, an extreme Tele Bass theme!!
  15. Mayers

    Mayers Guest

    Sep 28, 2007
    you can look into F bass
  16. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    Hey, you can buy either a fretless or fretted Steve Bailey from Amazon.com right now! They are all Jazz-style basses. Don't know for how long though, because I don't think he's got an endorsement deal with Fender anymore.

    Except for fat neck a 6 string P would be cool because the split pickups would be 3 and 3 which would seem more balanced than the Fender 2 -3 thing I've seen on the 5ers.
  17. fuesioterrapoit


    Oct 31, 2009
    Here you see how it looks today:

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  18. mark beem

    mark beem I'm alive and well. Where am I? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    New Hope, Alabama

  19. OneMoreRobot


    Jan 23, 2009
    If I remember correctly I've also seen a picture of Anthony Jackson playing a six-string with split P-style pickups... It was in Bass Player several years ago for their "history of the six-string" article.