So today I learned I am actually a P guy....

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by InternetAlias, Jun 8, 2019.

  1. InternetAlias


    Dec 16, 2010
    But hold your horses. I am only talking about the pickup. And in reverse.

    As I mentioned in another thread, I got a charvel PJ bass. This P position sounds the best to my ears. The E on the seventh fret of the A string and the E on the second fret of the D string sound different tonally but they are very balanced. The G string is still twangy but it's way bassier than it is on my jazz (comparably to the neck pickup).

    Also, the E and A strings don't have that "wonk" tone P basses are associated with, they purr with more clarity because their coil is closer to the bridge.

    So I guess I shouldn't stray away from P pickups... I just need to have them reversed and I am good to go!
  2. JohnArnson


    May 28, 2019
    I like the tone of P pickups too, preferably reversed as well, and best with combined with a J pickup in bridge position, both being full on, as I prefer the extra bite and grind it gives to my tone.

    Got to have that extra top end in addition to the P pickup.

    So P/J bass for me.

    Specifically I am really pleased with the tone of my Ibanez Mikro bass equipped with a set of P/J EMG Geezer Butler pickups.
  3. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    hi InternetAlias :)

    So actually you have a Unidentified Reverse P-bass

    Happy URP day then!!! :hyper::hyper::hyper: (there is worse! :laugh:)


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  4. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    The split P pickup is such a simple, elegant, perfect design really. It’s a hum bucker that doesn’t rely on a second parallel coil to buck hum, which (arguably) causes a degree of phase cancellation. Yet, it’s essentially a single coil design that cleverly uses each half of the pickup to cancel hum against the other half. The tone then becomes crystal clear, beefy, and low-noise. It’s really brilliant, even by today’s standards.