Slapping on a P-bass??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by count_funkula, Jan 2, 2003.

  1. Do many folks out there play slap style on their P-bass? I want to build another P really bad but I need a four string I can spank on occasion. My last P-bass had Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound pickups in it and they didn't sound good for slapping.

    I guess my real question is, can you get a good slap sound out of a P, and how?

    I needs another P............
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    With steel roundwounds, my SX P bass has a decent, old school slap tone.

    Yeah, I know. Rounds on a P bass?:eek:
  3. If you're gonna build a bass why not make it a PJ bass?
  4. sorry for all those who already know that... but i'm knew with the world of bass... could you explain me what is a P bass or at least what the P stand for???

    thank you
  5. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    Fender Precision Bass (P-Bass)
    And hell YEAH, if you don't think they can be slapped, well-----
    I got TI JR-344's set low on a Bad-Ass II, and I swear under penalty of perjury-
    That bass is a slap-monster, with tone pouring forth
    from the 1969 Alder Body and maple Neck-
    Music to my ears--
    BTW- a LOT of slap has to do with the attack and technique as well as the axe...
  6. The Precision is a really great Slap Machine!
    Someone who can't slap on a P has a real problem with his fingers!:D
  7. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    I agree, the "slap" is there...but where's the "pop"?
  8. xush


    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    MIM P w/ QP's, I'm happy with the slappy.
  9. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    I'm slap-happy too-
    There ain't no stoppin'
    the bad-ass poppin'
    with the index finger,
    (you can also use the ringer)
    just pop that string\makes a P-Bass sing
    Ain't no thing-
    P-Bass is KING!

    (Sorry it's early-
    I may have to delete this later when I wake up)
    But let me say that the P-Bass is the OG of slap/pop/bass overall.
    OTOH...My STERLING made me wonder: is that really ME that sounds so....GOOD!
    and my new TOBIAS Renegade w/Bartolinis and mid-contour-----OUCH!
    (gawd, I love playing the bass, don't y'all?):D
  10. I have it in my head that a good slap tone means it has to have that real modern sound. I'm just learning how to slap so it's all new to me.

    I guess as long as you get a good percussive 'thump' out of it, the bass is doing it's job.

  11. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I'll settle this for ya'. "Forget Me Nots" by Patrice Rushin. "Ready" Freddie Washington on P Bass.
  12. I can get a slap tone from my 77' P but i would not describe it as the best slap tone i have ever heard if you know what i meen.
  13. Oh, and I've only been playing for a year so be kind...;)
  14. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    GrooveMonkey, nice song. :)

    The slap is nice but the pop is compressed. Same as I get on my P. The P-bass tone is not dynamic.
  15. Thanks! I notice the P having a naturally compressed sound. I played several P-Basses before choosing mine and they vary in tone a bit. I liked the way mine sounded unplugged compared to the others in the shop.
  16. Fuzzbass

    Fuzzbass P5 with overdrive Supporting Member


    I realize I'm in the minority, but I prefer P to J, including the slap tone.

    As for compression: IMO, P-basses are far more dynamic than J (w/bridge pup in use). When I use a two-pickup bass and compare the solo neck pup versus the solo bridge pup (or even 50/50 blend), the neck pup always sounds more dynamic, perhaps because more string excursion occurs there.
  17. ivanthetrble


    Sep 9, 2002
    I was always in the "can't slap a P-bass" camp until recently. I have a Fender '57 reissue P-bass that I put a SD Antiquity pickup in and that sucker slaps extremely well. Very nice tone with fingers and thumb. Who would have thunk it! :D

  18. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    Jamerson did not pop or slap but did EVERYTHING
    else w/ a P-Bass- Everything-
    I wonder-
    Did Chuck Rainey use a P-Bass in the early days?

    How about Larry Graham?
    What did he play when he "introduced" the famous
    technique to the world-at-large?

    Woodchuck-"Ready" Freddy W.
  19. Seems that a P-bass, regardless of technique or string selection, or pickups..has a 'rubber-bandy' and 'honky' sound when you pluck (pop).

    Not saying it's bad, just not as clean and clear.