Who makes the ultimate P?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Every1TookMyName, Nov 19, 2001.

  1. i think it's in the eye of the beholder. I myself wish i could build my own. I definitely would not be made of all the same manufacturer.
  2. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    I'd say either Lull or Fender Custom Shop. Warmoth is probably pretty good too. But Im gonna go with Fender since they invented it.
  3. David-Adler


    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany



  4. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    good question.
    here are my answers:
    i own a fender precision american. i'm happy with it, that's a great bass.
    for cheaper version the yamaha attitude for me it's better than others. old yamaha bb are keepers. going back to new ones i have to mention these, even if i have never played one:

    sadowsky ultra vintage
    mike lull p4
    lakland bob glaub signature (duck dunn uses this one...)
    G&L has a couple of interesting model too.

    to be honest i'm really satisfied with my fender but i'd like to try these others too. but to be really really honest i won't buy a P bass for that much money needed for a sadowsky or a lull or a lakland. i mean they are great basses for sure, but what i need from a precision is not necessary so expensive. i'm a P palyer because i love its simplicity and simplicity doesn't mean expensive bass for me. my next precision will be a warmoth "replica" of the 51:
    it will be different for the pickup that will be the SD quarter pound single coil and for the bridge to allow strings thru body.

    so my vote is for fender and for warmoth.

    P rules!!
  5. Woodchuck


    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Although I like the Lakland & Lull pieces, I'd go with a Fender P Deluxe.
  6. Cogno

    Cogno Guest

    Jun 11, 2001
    The American Fender Precision over the last 3 or four years are hard to beat for the price. I have never played the Lakeland P, but I doubt if it is worth the price difference.
  7. jasonbraatz


    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    though it's certainly not true to vintage conventions...i like the fender P deluxe more than any other P out there.

  8. I'll have to agree with the MIA Deluxe P being the ultimate. I haven't played any Sadowskys, Lulls or Laklands, but the Deluxe P is by far the best Precision I've ever played. I didn't even like Precisions until I played one.
  9. Someone with a large, uh.........yeah, you get the picture.:D

    I would go with Fender Custom. They sound great, though are a little overpriced. Still, they are great instruments.

    Rock on
  10. I played a Lakland P-bass (owned by Patrick Dalheimer from Live) a couple of months ago, and it was pretty monstrous. He also had a Lakland Jazz that was amazing too. The ultimate P? 1957 Fender P-bass, the one with the gold anodized pickguard. I've only played one and it was the P-bassiest P-bass ever. The holy grail of P-basses, if you will:D
  11. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    So far, for me, the best has been a '62 RI Fender P-bass, made in 1983. I love my Lakland, but a lot of the charm of the P-bass is primitive, IMO. A high-end P just kind of defeats the purpose.
  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I have to agree. I'm not a big P-Bass fan but I treid a Ultra Vintage P a few weeks back & all I could say is WOW!!!!!!
  13. I played a Sadowsky PJ5 and it floored me! Man what a gorgeous sound. I couldn't stop grinning. :D:D:D:D

    It's only a matter of weeks before I order another Sadowsky bass: PJ4, alder, brazilian rosewood, figured top.
  14. EString


    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    I think George Clooney's urethra would make the ultimate pee.

    Ba Dum Dum Ching!