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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 (Grant Park!)
    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 Gold 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.