The P bass search

Discussion in 'Bass Area; The Bottom Line' started by crashcat123, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. crashcat123

    crashcat123 Member

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    So I'm searching for a p bass, and I've got about a 1100$ budget. I'm really looking for a smooth warm sound. I've been looking at fender American standard p basses but I'm wondering if there's any other options around that price range with that good p bass sound.
     
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  2. sprag

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    used alleva coppolo, mike lull, Lakland - duck dunn/bob glaub/4464. dingwall super P if you want something a bit different. New Lakland Skyline 4464.

    or just get a fender
     
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  3. Claytone

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    Another voice for Lakland. I just acquired a 2014 44-64 P-bass and it sounds and plays great. In your price range too. Look for a used one.
     
  4. mgrier1

    mgrier1 Silver Supporting Member

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    If you see any of these under $1100, please shoot me a PM and let me know where!

    But, yes... At this price point, Used Fender USA is a solid bet.

    Best,

    Mike
     
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  5. sprag

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    My bad I guessed at US prices. the skylines come in well under used on talkbass and I rate mine gainst my fenders. you might get lucky and find a used lull that cheap
     
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  6. Sweetfinger

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    A P-bass is one of those things you almost can't screw up. They all "have that good P-bass sound", from the vintage reissues down through the MIM and Squiers. Find one that plays and looks like you want and the "tone" is going to be more a matter of string and possibly pickup choice. For more "vintage" tones I would avoid active electronics and "upgraded" hardware. Leo got it right, IMO.
     
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    The last one that I tried that really knocked me out was a Fender road worn.
    Light weight, wide neck, bright and ringy to mellow with the tone control.
    Good luck. Find your own because they do vary.
     
  8. crashcat123

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    Would getting a warmoth neck and body be a bad idea? Haven't heard much about them but it's pretty cheap to custom build a body and neck.
     
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    only bad thing I've heard about warmoth is poor resale so if its a keeper bass you're all good.
     
  10. ColonelForbin

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    Don't hate me for this; but check out the new Fender Elite P-Bass... Your budget will not like this idea though! ($1,799 and $1,899) I have been having a mad G.A.S. attack over these..

    http://shop.fender.com/en-US/electr...american-elite-precision-bass/0196902706.html


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    And the '63 'vintage' version: (James Jamerson; classic look!)

    http://shop.fender.com/en-US/electr...age-63-precision-bass/0191010800.html#start=1


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    Or the '58 vintage which also looks sweet!

    http://shop.fender.com/en-US/electr...age-58-precision-bass/0191002801.html#start=1

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  11. Killed_by_Death

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    Get a used American SB-2, or a Tribute SB-2.

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    http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/USA/basses/SB2/index.asp

    There's also an SB-1, if you want only the P, and no J.

    Those MFD pickups in there are very high output & they are built like a tank.
    SIX screws to hold the neck on.

    G&L is Leo Fender's final company, where he perfected his designs.
     
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  12. rummy

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    American Standard is American standard. With that said, I enjoyed gigging with a Mexican standard as well as 60s classic. They all deliver.
     
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    You can pickup a '58 AVRI used for about $1200.00. NOS nitro finish, fat neck it's a very nice bass. A friend just bought his used off the GC site. It's practically brand new.

    That G&L is just hideous.
     
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    so to cut to the chase ; is it that you want a different look to go with that sound ???


    http://bassmusicianmagazine.com/2014/06/fender-releasing-first-american-made-jaguar-bass/

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    could be a used one out there at your price !
     
  16. Stratburst70

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    I bought a gorgeous used 2009 American Standard Precision Bass by running the rental racks at a Long & McQuade (Canada's answer to GC) in Vancouver. It cost me $850, including hardshall case and case candy.
     
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    If you're looking for the "smooth, warm sound" then just make sure you have the right pickup. High-output pickups (like the DiMarzio) will give you more of a '70s Rock tone. And forget about Duncan Quarter Pounders: they trade the classic PBass midrange honk for extra lows. Very "modern" sounding.

    Besides that, consider flat wound strings.
     
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  18. Killed_by_Death

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    FIFY
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  19. direwolf

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    Don't mess around, get a Lakland skyline.
     
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  20. slave

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    This.
    LaBella, T.I. Jazz flats & Chromes are all variations, but they'll get the job done.

    Personally I sold off my USA standard P, but that bass would definitely do what you're asking for.
    I'm running a Maton JB4 for those tones these days.
     

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