The Guitar Refinishing and Restoration Forum Forum Index The Guitar Refinishing and Restoration Forum
This discussion forum is hosted by The Guitar ReRanch and was created to serve those interested in the arcane art/science of guitar refinishing and restoration. Those with all levels of experience are welcomed to participate.
 
 FAQFAQ   SearchSearch   MemberlistMemberlist   UsergroupsUsergroups   RegisterRegister 
 ProfileProfile   Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   Log inLog in 

P or J bass?

 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Guitar Refinishing and Restoration Forum Forum Index -> Guitar Finishing and Restoration
View previous topic :: View next topic  

P or J Bass
P Bass
38%
 38%  [ 5 ]
J Bass
61%
 61%  [ 8 ]
Total Votes : 13

Author Message
Taiwan Luthier



Joined: 16 Dec 2003
Posts: 2496
Location: Taiwan again, damm!

PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:44 pm    Post subject: P or J bass? Reply with quote

Deciding between P or J bass... which one should I build? any difference besides body shape?

I think I might go lamtop this time, going to make a REAL Dragon Burst. How do I make figured maple pop out using only yellow/orange dyes?

I won't go with B hefner this time because they do not drill holes for bridge and I got no clue how to mount them correctly if I don't have a guide.
_________________
my website: http://taiwanluthiers.wordpress.com
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
sonicblue



Joined: 15 Mar 2007
Posts: 935
Location: CT

PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jazz necks are a little narrower at the nut... but of course with standard Fender parts you can use a J neck on a P body or vice versa.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Joeglow
Site Admin


Joined: 26 Aug 2003
Posts: 11054
Location: NY/NJ

PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you plan to play metal and punk I'd say a P bass for the type of music you are looking to play. Humbuckers over single coils for sure but you can get a P bass body and have the J bass neck if it feels more comfortable to you.
_________________
Nothing on earth can stop somebody with the right mental attitude. Nothing on earth can help somebody with the wrong mental attitude.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
hotgoalie11565



Joined: 05 Jan 2006
Posts: 1636
Location: Apple Valley, MN

PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 6:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I was playing bass I always wanted a Precision-type body with the P-J pup setup. Is that a possibility for you, perhaps?
_________________
I went to the hardware store and bought some used paint; it was in the shape of a house. I bought batteries but they weren't included. So I had to buy them again. -- Steven Wright
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
kurt72



Joined: 04 Jun 2007
Posts: 5476
Location: San Diego

PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i cant vote, i love em both. Very Happy
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
vegasrock



Joined: 20 Apr 2005
Posts: 4258
Location: seattle, wa & vancouver, bc

PostPosted: Sat Sep 01, 2007 9:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

kurt72 wrote:
i cant vote, i love em both. Very Happy

+1
_________________
-Rob
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
RyanF



Joined: 01 Nov 2005
Posts: 716
Location: Maryland

PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 5:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you could figure out the J bass Fender S-1 wiring, you can get a good p bass tone out of it. Theres always the option of mixing and matching as well. I personally think that the Jazz bass is much more versatile, but I'm certainly no authority on basses.
_________________
Life's too short for bad tone.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Instagator



Joined: 22 Jan 2007
Posts: 3055
Location: Northern Virginia

PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jazz bass....with a P bass for a backup...but you'll want to keep a T Bird with you for those real rockin tunes.Did I mention a PJ bass?..Are you sure that you want to be a bass player?I never leave the house with out my 4001.Warmoth makes a jazz body cut out for just P bass pickups.Hope this helps Laughing Laughing Oh I almost forgot Pick up a fretless bass when you get a chance
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message MSN Messenger
Structo



Joined: 21 Nov 2004
Posts: 26415
Location: Salem, OR

PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Everybody knows that bass players are just frustrated guitar players.
It's easier because it has 1/3 less strings!

I have my asbestos suit on so the flames can't hurt me.
Na na boo boo! Laughing

Hey just kidding! Laughing
Everybody knows a good bas player is irreplaceable.
They are the rock that a good band is built on!

Hey Joe, ever get that PJ figured out where you were losing signal when both pups were on?
I bought a cheap Rouge 5 string awhile back having a lot of fun with that.
BTW, what's that fifth string for anyway. Laughing
_________________
Tom



ReRanch 101 Finishing Tutorial
.
Guitar Amp Repair
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
marksound



Joined: 15 Aug 2005
Posts: 16672
Location: OKUSA

PostPosted: Sun Sep 02, 2007 2:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Structo wrote:
BTW, what's that fifth string for anyway.

I don't know, but it's a good place to park your thumb. Laughing
_________________
"Whoops." -Waylon Jennings
Marksound Guitars
Facebook Page
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail Visit poster's website
RobHale777



Joined: 30 Nov 2006
Posts: 1565
Location: Kansas City

PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If it's good enough for Geddy. it's good enough for me, baby.

R
_________________
E=mc2 is a localized phenomenon. Oh, and never forget where your towel is!

http://s71.photobucket.com/albums/i159/robhale777/
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Yahoo Messenger MSN Messenger
Taiwan Luthier



Joined: 16 Dec 2003
Posts: 2496
Location: Taiwan again, damm!

PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 2:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know I got a cheap bass today just for practicing... it sounds like crap through a Plexi 50, so I connected the bass to my stereo setup just for the hell of it, no preamp or anything... it actually sounded pretty good! I mean my speaker has a pretty good bass response so... still wouldn't turn it up too much because I will blow the woofer if I do, esp. when slapping but its good enough to practice in bedroom. When I practice with a band they will have a 200 watt bass amp so that's not a concern...
_________________
my website: http://taiwanluthiers.wordpress.com
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Joeglow
Site Admin


Joined: 26 Aug 2003
Posts: 11054
Location: NY/NJ

PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2007 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Structo wrote:
Everybody knows that bass players are just frustrated guitar players.
It's easier because it has 1/3 less strings!

I have my asbestos suit on so the flames can't hurt me.
Na na boo boo! Laughing

Hey just kidding! Laughing
Everybody knows a good bas player is irreplaceable.
They are the rock that a good band is built on!

Hey Joe, ever get that PJ figured out where you were losing signal when both pups were on?
I bought a cheap Rouge 5 string awhile back having a lot of fun with that.
BTW, what's that fifth string for anyway. Laughing


Yep Instigator got it figured out and it is perfect now.

BTW, I'll let Billy Sheehan, Geddy Lee, et al know how you feel about them as musicians. Wink
_________________
Nothing on earth can stop somebody with the right mental attitude. Nothing on earth can help somebody with the wrong mental attitude.
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Visit poster's website
Lon



Joined: 30 Dec 2003
Posts: 6086
Location: Stephenville, TX

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 7:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Much can be said for the P & J bass sounds individually and I have both bass configurations, but I do enjoy playing my P/J bass version with Dimarzio P/J pups. P bass body with a jazz maple neck with the pups just seems like a good combo to me. JMHO
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message Send e-mail
TINKERTAR



Joined: 25 Oct 2003
Posts: 1071
Location: DFW MidCities

PostPosted: Tue Sep 04, 2007 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would vote for the J.
My vast experience (about 6 weeks now) in basses, qualifies me to vote for the J. !!!! I like the style and the fact that the neck is narrower at the nut also is a plus for me.

FYI, I know you said you picked up cheap bass to practice with, but.. I found a J-bass package with amp and not a bad looking J bass for about $150 bucks..delivered. Maple board nice paint (LPBLue poly), but it was advertised as being "solid ash" body.
They have J Basses in several configurations from $119.00 up to choose from.
Rondo Music. I got quick service, tracking numbers, and good response via email for questions I had after the order was placed. (I actually orderd this J-Bass to get the maple neck/board for a P-bass I was working on..didnt use it..so now...I have a P and a J.!!!...hence my vast experience in bass-ology.!!

http://www.rondomusic.net/bassguitars4.html

TInker
_________________
I only dabble in this insanity, it keeps me from going Crazy!!!
Back to top
View user's profile Send private message
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    The Guitar Refinishing and Restoration Forum Forum Index -> Guitar Finishing and Restoration All times are GMT - 6 Hours
Page 1 of 1

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum


Powered by phpBB © 2001, 2005 phpBB Group