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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smperry, May 27, 2013.
What's up guys, I am a "Roscoe" and "Lakland" guy taking a look at a Lull P5 35", anyone have any tips, pointers and what should I look for in a Lull. Thanks for your help! Zach
Great taste in basses. Lull, Roscoe, and Lākland are all top notch. Any Lull you get will be superb. I’ve owned a total of seven Lull basses at one point or another, and all of them were/are world class. I’m down to two Lull P4’s now, which have me perfectly content. I’ve learned that 4-string passive P basses are my niche.
Mike makes a killer P. I absolutely love my P4. It’s my #2 and she is a delight to play. I can’t speak to the pickups on the P5, but I prefer Lollars or Nordys over the custom Fralin in the P4. Mine is chambered alder/rosewood w/Lollars. Great choice!
Hi Zach, if I was not a Lull guy I probably be a Roscoe or Dingwall guy, so I'm guessing I can relate to what you like.
No advice except I think you are going to like the 35" scale. Nice and defined
This one has the Nordies in it (plus they have the originals).
I use Laklands and Lulls even though there is a little difference in the spacing I switch between them effortlessly, and I'm a old guy pretty set in his ways.
Never played a Roscoe, but I was a US Lakland 55-94 guy for a decade and then I bought a Lull PJ5. Never looked back.
Where do you live / play in Hawaii? I was there earlier this month for a conference and fell in love. Mahalo!
I live on Maui, most of my gigs are here but do fly-dates on the other islands all the time.
Ladies and Gentlemen,
I pulled the trigger on that Lull P5. Mike Lull P5 Passive
What strings do you guys like with the Lulls, especially the Pbass.
DR Pure Blues.
Depends on the sound you like. I have had success with the stock D'Addarios, Chromes (too high tension for my tastes but they do work nicely in a mix), Sunbeams, and am currently using Cobalt flats, which have a "dead round" sound to them and record very well with no string noise. But I might slightly prefer the Sunbeams overall. All of them take overdrive well with the P pickup.
GHS Progressives on all of them...On one of my JT5-24s which have Mike's T-Bird pickups I let the strings go dead for a smoother sound thuddy sound.
I used to use GHS Precision Flats on my PJ5. Sounded very good.
I switched to TI flats and love the sound of these.
I am a fan of the DR High Beams and Low Beams. I have not yet tried the Sun Beams. D'Addarios XL work in a pinch (both Roscoe & Lull seem to gravitate towards them).
I use the LaBella 760-FM set on my P4. At .049-.109, they might be a little stout if you're not used to a higher tension flatwound string. I love the higher tension, though, I find I can drop the action down with less buzzing. But you might start out a little thinner, like the 760-FL or 760-FS sets. That's what I did, I started thinner and worked my way up over time.
There's only one step up from where I'm at, the 760-M set. I've tried it, but I've had bad luck finding an E string that rings true. I've tried that set 3 times now, and they all had a warbly E string to varying degrees. I dropped my pickup way down, so it's not magnetic interaction causing it. And the string seems to be seated well in the nut slot. I'm pretty sure the string just doesn't want to ring true for whatever reason.
Anyway, I'm perfectly content with the 760-FM set.