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Sonic difference between a P-J steup and J-J setup

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jbailes, Jul 26, 2012.

  1. jbailes


    Apr 5, 2012
    Hello all,
    For any who have a bass with a PJ pickup format on their bass, I was wondering how different the sound is from a bass with 2 jazz pickups. Thanks.
  2. RedMoses

    RedMoses Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2012
    Very different.

    Nothing sounds like a J Bass with both pickups turned up, its got a really nice scooped out mid range, best slap sound you can get IMO. but when soling the neck pickup, it wont sound like P Bass.

    The advantage of the PJ is that you can have a proper P bass tone when soloing the neck pick up and or a proper J Bass (Jaco) tone from the bridge pick up. When they are both up together it sounds nice but it wont sound like JJ.

    I find PJ more versatile. although i love the J Bass sound jaming on my own, when playing in the band setting the P just cuts through the mix better.
  3. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Thats interesting, I never noticed any mid scoop in any Jazz I own, In fact they have an upper mid range kind of bite to them.

    I find that where a P sits really well in the mix, a Jazz cuts through and kind of sits in front of it, if that makes any sense.

    To the OP, a PJ sounds like a P when the P pickup is soloed, sounds like a soloed bridge Jazz when the Jazz is soloed. But its its own animal when both pickups are used together.
  4. acebase62


    Jun 29, 2010
  5. I don't know how well my Jag would compare to any other P/J. But I find my single J a bit tangy and tinny on its own, even though it still sounds good to my ears. The neck P is definately where it's at on my bass, and the J adds a nice touch of treble punch to the P when dialed in together.

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