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Which is best for flatwounds, J or P Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JRBrown, Feb 26, 2005.

  1. Jazz Bass

    20 vote(s)
  2. Precision Bass

    59 vote(s)
  3. Doesn't matter. It all depends on the player/music.

    84 vote(s)
  1. JRBrown


    Jun 21, 2000
    North Carolina
    Here's something I've always wanted to know.

    Which is best suited for flatwound strings, J Bass or P Bass?

  2. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    P bass. I'm sure you know the sound.

    Family man is J bass with Flats

  3. I like flats on both J and P basses but I voted for P bass because there is something about the sound of flats on a P bass that makes it *that* much better...

    Big, fat and warm as Hell.
  4. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    I've got flats on my PBass, and I've got flats on my Bongo. :D

    I like the sound of flats on both J and P basses.

    Joe Osborn has always sounded great with flats on a Jazz Bass with a pick. But, I prefer the sound of the P Bass, regardless of string.
  5. christle

    christle Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2002
    Winnipeg, MB
    I like flats on my Precision. Fat as heck and smooth like butter :D I keep rounds on my Jazz, however it used to have flats and sounded great with them as well.

  6. Groove Theory

    Groove Theory Grizzly Adams DID have a beard.

    Oct 3, 2004
    The Psychiatric Ward
    I've got an older fretless Warwick with a P/J type setup that I use with flats, and I love it, best of both worlds IMO.
  7. I have rounds on both my P & (5 string- doesn't count, does it?) J, but I voted P. It just seemed like the thing to do at the time.
  8. I have flats on all my fretted basses and GHS Brite Flats on my fretless. I like the sound of flats better on all my instruments but I love a P-Bass with flats; that's the sound that got me hooked on the bass 40+ years ago.
  9. BassFiddle63


    Oct 4, 2002
    There you go, and especially TI Flats IMO ;)

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Staff Member Supporting Member

    For a freted bass i would say the P bass, tons of vintgae vibe going their. For fretless i would say the J bass, you can really make some beautiful music with a set up like that. :)
  11. Lowfader


    Jul 11, 2004
    At one time there were P basses with flats and that was all you could find at the time so i guess if you want to stay traditional,go with the P Bass. :cool:
  12. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    They sound great on both basses.
    But there is that, unexplained majic with flats on a P-bass.
  13. Anti_Wish


    May 14, 2004
    Boston, Ma
    couldnt agree more
  14. I like mine on my P thanks....
  15. Surely it all depends on the individual and what tone/feel they like/want. Can't say I've experienced flats on either though.
  16. orskard


    Mar 17, 2004
    p basses sound more like uprights than J's do. I have flats on my pbass special, PJ pups p body and j neck, and i really like the tone.
  17. I'm thinking of trying some flats on a Stingray. Anyone ever tried it? What do you think?
  18. I voted P.

    Generally, the setup on a P supports the sound of flats better than on a J IMO.
  19. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I'd say it depends on the player/gig, but it doesn't answer the question.

    I voted P because nothing beats the old school thump IMO.
  20. Flatwound

    Flatwound Supporting Member

    Sep 9, 2000
    San Diego
    My main bass right now is an '04 Am. Ser. Jazz. I have D'Addario Chromes flatwounds on it, and it sounds fabulous.