The not-a-p-bass list (or my lazy question)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jam.majors, Aug 10, 2017.

  1. jam.majors


    Mar 24, 2009
    Louisville, Ky
    So I love the P-bass sound but don't yet own one. I want to change that, but I don't want to buy a Fender. There I said it. Earlier I was talking about neck-dive, which I've definitely experienced on Fender Jazz basses, but I'm just not feeling Fender. Not Fender-hating, just not Fender-loving.

    Really, I just want a list of what's out there.

    So, my question is: what are some other awesome basses out there that are rocking the lone split-pickup? (And, if possible, include a link and/or picture for extra post-awesomeness.)

    One that I can get into is the EBMM Cutlass:

    P.S. Please don't just say "buy a Fender" because I'm not feeling it.

    EDIT: Removed neck-dive opinion and spoke my real truth: I'm not into Fender.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2017
  2. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
    Neck dive is NOT a common trait of Precision Basses.
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  3. jam.majors


    Mar 24, 2009
    Louisville, Ky
    Thanks, Ogle. I'm not sure what's been going on then...
    Either way, if anyone wants to add to the list, I would love to see the other options floating around out there! I also imagine that it would be a list others might find interesting, or I wouldn't have posted this up.
  4. bass4more

    bass4more Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2007
    Oakland, CA
  5. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
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  6. mesaplayer83


    Jun 27, 2017
    Nope, it sure isn't - and if someone thinks that it is, I highly doubt there is another option that will somehow be any different...
  7. Haans

    Haans Altruistic nihilist Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Bergen, Norway
    Peavey Fury. Quite seriously. I'm thinking about putting a better pickup in there, perhaps a different bridge, but the neck is quite excellent if you like it Jazz-narrow.
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  8. Chico Ruger

    Chico Ruger

    Dec 11, 2014
    Western NC
    G&L LB-100. Sounds and plays fantastic imho. You can order one with several neck and other options too.
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  9. ahadl2500

    ahadl2500 Supporting Member

    Nov 28, 2003
    Greenwood, IN
    +1 for G&L. Either the LB-100 or the SB-1. I would be more likely to go for the SB-1 as I prefer the MFD pickups.
  10. aaronious


    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
    Pretty much any non Fender P. Will still feel like a P, it's inherent to the design. There's a reason everyone jumps on the P-Copy train. It's easy to copy and not mess up.

    My personal favorite P of all time is the 80's Ibanez Blazer. Once I got that, I got rid of all my Fender P's.

    The Lakland variety is also great.
    At the end of the day a P is a P though.
    Grab a bunch and buy the one that feels best that doesn't say Fender.
  11. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
  12. aaronious


    May 23, 2011
    Denver CO
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  13. Thumb n Fingers

    Thumb n Fingers

    Dec 15, 2016
    I have tried both the EBMM Cutlass and the Caprice. I really liked both of them (an awful lot) with a slight edge going towards the Caprice becuase of the P/J configuration and the added versatility it provides. If you're set on a P only, run with the Cutlass.
  14. TDR1138


    Apr 11, 2007
    Another vote for G&L...
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  15. hondo4life

    hondo4life Guest

    Feb 29, 2016
    Hondo with a P-ish body with a Jazzy neck. No neck dive. No Fender parts.
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  16. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw

  17. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    They are really nice basses....

    I got their shorty version.....Here's my actual bass in the video....

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  18. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Istanbul...not Constantinople Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Does Squier count as "not a Fender"? :smug:

    Yeah everyone has pretty much said some great options. For the money, the Peavey Fury is a great bass with a super comfy neck. Would you be open to a P/J configuration at all? That can really open up your options, but I'm assuming no since you specified looking for the lone pickup. Best of luck on your quest, there's definitely options out there :)
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  19. dea-czonebass-ng_1.jpg
    The Dean Zone bass is about as "non-Fender" as P-Basses get!
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  20. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    That's not a split-P. OP said he wants the split. Do they make it with the split?