Which basses do you seem to come back to?

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Which basses do you seem to come back to?

Post by BassLine » 17 Oct 2018, 00:08

I started with a PJ copy.
I played a PJ Fretless for 23 years.
Now my main basses are P & PJ -type basses.

I own and enjoy other styles but always seem to gravitate back to that P bass sound.

Which bass(es) do you seem to come back to??
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Post by pjm » 17 Oct 2018, 06:23

Same as you, P bass
Less is more

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Post by narcdor » 17 Oct 2018, 06:52

P, currently a mini P (Mustang) and a full sized left of centre P (mahogany body and Nordy NP4A). I veer off into J and active basses all the time especially my inexplicable lust for Warwicks which comes and goes like clockwork, but always there’s a P or two hanging around. I might need a straight 62 style or a single coil version in there too now I think about it.

I try PJ a lot as playing around at home or in the shop it seems quite versatile but I always end up dialling to the front P.
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Post by Aussie Mark » 17 Oct 2018, 07:30

Same - P, whether it be single coil or traditional split bucker

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Post by noplanb » 17 Oct 2018, 07:58

I keep finding either of my two Greco PMBs are most satisfying, and fit the genres of what I'm playing most. Probably because the stage loudness is never getting into the Fletcher-Munson effect. And the shape/weight just sits nice. TB, JB4, TNL etc all still get airtime - its all fun regardless.
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Post by vin-tone » 17 Oct 2018, 08:44

My bass history is all over the place. Started with a J, went to a P, Yamaha, Stingray, Sabre...

The P bass became my staple for a long time but my new_to_me Roscoe Beck might change that. It has a few tones that would sit in the mix like a P with a palate of J tones on tap. Havent gigged it yet - proof is in the pud.
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Post by veebass » 17 Oct 2018, 08:59

After many years on P Basses, I have settled for the last year or two on Gibson Humbucker Basses (TBirds, LPs, ES 335 etc). They seem to work better to my ear with the guitarist's Strat. He recently bought a new Strat which is HSS (If only I could get him to buy a LP).
We have gigs the next three weekends and I have been thinking about taking my 73 P Bass to one and give it a set to see what I think now with his new Strat. I took the 73 P out and gave it a set up yesterday.
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Post by FunkyJase » 17 Oct 2018, 10:26

Ah well I started on a Musicman Stingray 5 String. No reason, it was just convenient at the time. I always struggled with the weight, found it hard to play and was always tweaking the tone. Then one day a friend asked me to do a set up on his Fender Jazz. I had never touched another bass by that stage and I couldnt believe how easy it was to play! The Stingray 5 has 17mm string spacing and the Fender Jazz is 19mm and my long digits much prefer the wider spacing.
After many years messing with Jazz basses I discovered the P Bass. I also went on a very expensive journey of discovery tring Warwicks and other variations but to cut a long story short - I like P basses with jazz necks. I have a few PJs but the bridge pickup never gets used...
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Post by BassLine » 17 Oct 2018, 10:52

vin-tone wrote:
17 Oct 2018, 08:44
It has a few tones that would sit in the mix like a P with a palate of J tones on tap. Havent gigged it yet - proof is in the pud.
It’s nice to have those options. :yep

My Tobias bass sounds very much like a P bass in passive mode on neck pickup. Blend in a little bit of bridge PU for bite or switch to active for that modern sound.

Yeah - I either solo or strongly favour the P pu in any PJ bass.
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Post by PilbaraBass » 17 Oct 2018, 11:31

My first bass was a P... next an active PJ ... while I dig the P, and I firmly believe that everyone NEEDS to P :D

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Post by bigswifty » 17 Oct 2018, 12:58

Over the years I've gigged with P's, J's, various Sadowsky's, my Duesenberg, my RA Mouse, a Hofner and just once a Rickenbacker (ugh). Now I head out the door for 99% of gigs with a Stingray. Most nights it's perfect. A few nights it's imperfect but good enough. Every night it's more right than wrong.

Having said that, I would use my RA Mouse every opportunity I got, but unfortunately I only get a handful of gigs a year where it's suitable (one coming up soon, yay).

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Post by BazzBass » 17 Oct 2018, 13:00

I love my Am Std P Bass

oh,and my MIM Jazz bass

although.....I also like my MIM P bass called Pendejo,it has hotter pickups and gets growlier

My SX Jazz is kinda nice too.

Gonna have to use my Takamine ABG for coffee shop gigs, ugh but I'll suck it up and smile :)

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Post by stonecoldbass » 17 Oct 2018, 13:07

While I love the raw connection that comes from playing my Greco P and Cimar J bass, I keep coming back to my F Bass VF5 as my main axe. It does everything extremely well and sounds killer in pretty much every scenario.
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Post by mcrawfordmusic » 17 Oct 2018, 17:52

I like swapping between a Jazz and a Precision every few months to keep things fresh. However, my old MIJ Yamaha TRB5 still feels like home.

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Post by weemac » 17 Oct 2018, 21:01

Rickenbacker. Something to do with the scale length, pickup position and the balance...
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