#1
So, i'm now down to 4 basses.

Rather than having 8+ basses that never get played, i wanted LESS basses that covered a larger swath of sonic range, and get played more.


I had my ATK for the EBMM active bass tone... my Bronco for the short scale thump, and my SX short scale Jaguar (J/J) for the jazz tone... what was i missing?

A P bass.


So, for my birthday, i got me one.


My cellphone takes horrible pictures... so i put a sepia filter on it. So it looks even MORE vintage. Vintage = rad.




Nothing too fancy... Maple neck, MIM Fender P Bass, with a maple neck. I took off the white guard and put a Tort on it.

I'm trying my first set of pressurewounds (GHS), and i really like them so far.

I've always been a fan of the MiM stock P bass pickups (unlike the MiM Jazz stock pick ups... h8 them so much), so i highly doubt i'd want to change that anytime soon.

The neck is PHENOMENAL. I've wanted a Mple neck P for a long time. I know they're essentially the same thing, but i always feel like i play better with a Maple Neck.


Anywho... real-talk: I hadn't owned a straight-up P Bass in 13 years. I've been doing a lot of "soul searching" lately. Looking at the bassists that inspired me the most... James Jamerson and Dee Dee Ramone. So, while i wanted a P no matter what, this has morphed into a sort of aesthetic tribute to them: Sunburst and Tort for Jamerson, and Maple neck for Dee Dee.


/stoked
"Punk Rock should mean freedom, liking and accepting anything that you like, as sloppy as you want, as long as it's good and has passion."
#2
Also...

I hooked it up to my 1969 Kustom200 head and 1x15 cab and played Jackson 5, Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson... and Black Sabbath... songs for about 2 hours straight last night.

Damn, why'd i wait so long to get back to a Fender P.
"Punk Rock should mean freedom, liking and accepting anything that you like, as sloppy as you want, as long as it's good and has passion."
#3
HNBD! Fairly envious right now, actually. Sold my P-bass about a year ago and regret it, I've been seriously gasing for one for a while now. You made the right choice colour-wise too. Enjoy!
#5
I'd really like a white P with a maple Fret Board, or a light blue. Red tort of course on the blue, white on the white.
#6
^ Red tort on the white sounds pretty interesting too, although I don't think I've ever seen it on a P before.

Anyways, HNBD!
#7
Precisions and maple fretboards go beautifully together. HNBD!
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#8
Quote by edgeyyz
^ Red tort on the white sounds pretty interesting too, although I don't think I've ever seen it on a P before.

Anyways, HNBD!


I've rocked the white P with red tort for years--it's a class act.

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Precisions and maple fretboards go beautifully together. HNBD!

I've been jonesing for a second P just because of this fact--I neeeeed some maple!

Anyway, great looking bass. Get some more photos up!
#10
Thanks all!!


Quote by edgeyyz
^ Red tort on the white sounds pretty interesting too, although I don't think I've ever seen it on a P before.

Anyways, HNBD!


Dee Dee used a White/Tort/Maple P every now and then:


"Punk Rock should mean freedom, liking and accepting anything that you like, as sloppy as you want, as long as it's good and has passion."
#11
^ Fairly sure that same bass came up on an English television show recently, someone wanting to sell it onto collectors or something. May have been a different bass of his, but I think it was that one.
#12
Nice! I'm going to get a white/tort P-bass soon. Probably my favourite colour combo along with black/black/maple

Anyway, HNBD!
#13
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You made the right choice colour-wise too.

I agree.

Happy new bass day!! it seems that you are already givin it some good lovin. congrats!
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#15
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I've rocked the white P with red tort for years--it's a class act.


My first real bass was that with chrome covers, foolishly traded it and went into a spiral of trades finally righting itself recently.

I love P's but I think if I got another bass, I'd get a EB-0 and new pup, Thickest flats I could find and a varitone switch or something.
#17
Quote by dullsilver_mike

I've rocked the white P with red tort for years--it's a class act.


I've been jonesing for a second P just because of this fact--I neeeeed some maple!

Anyway, great looking bass. Get some more photos up!



Im more interested in that stick bass...

OP - that looks nice.. my uncle owns a 1962(?) Pbass worth $20,000
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#18
Ah lovely Pbass porn. My favourite kind. Welcome back to the fold. Let me know how the pressure wounds work out, I've been curious about them for a while.

Lovely pics of Dee Dee--while not the greatest technical bass player, one of my favourite people I actually met in person. Really nice to the fans and genuine about the music. Plus I actually stood on a stage next to him and Johnny
#19
HNBD! Looks gorgeous with the maple fretboard. P Basses > everything else
Quote by Ziphoblat
^ Fairly sure that same bass came up on an English television show recently, someone wanting to sell it onto collectors or something. May have been a different bass of his, but I think it was that one.

Yeah I remember that! Don't think he ended up selling it though, cos he couldnt prove it was the real thing. Probably for the best, I wouldn't sell that if I owned it.
#20
Quote by korinaflyingv
HNBD! Looks gorgeous with the maple fretboard. P Basses > everything else

Yeah I remember that! Don't think he ended up selling it though, cos he couldnt prove it was the real thing. Probably for the best, I wouldn't sell that if I owned it.


Yeah I seem to remember that being the case. I also remember them trying to value it based on the price of a second hand P-bass off eBay or something and one of them coming out with some daft evaluation like £500... completely disregarding the fact that it's vintage and that seems to add a hell of a lot to the value, even if he couldn't prove that it was owned by who he said it was. But I guess that's gonna happen if you try and sell a vintage instrument to a collector who has no idea about instruments..
#21
Quote by anarkee
Ah lovely Pbass porn. My favourite kind. Welcome back to the fold. Let me know how the pressure wounds work out, I've been curious about them for a while.


I LOVE the pressurewounds/halfwounds/halfrounds/whatevers!! They really are a great mix of rounds and flats. After falling in love with flats on my Jazz, the initial flats set on the P sounded juuuuust a little TOO dark for what i needed. However, i don't really like zinggy Roundwound tone except for certain circumstances.

So, i've had the pressurewounds on for about a week now, and i love them! I hope they last for a while, like flats! But shoot, even if they don't, they ARE significantly less expensive than flats.


Also, after a week... geez... going from almost all short scale to the P is giving my left hand a bit of a workout. But it really is like riding a bike...

Lovely pics of Dee Dee--while not the greatest technical bass player, one of my favourite people I actually met in person. Really nice to the fans and genuine about the music. Plus I actually stood on a stage next to him and Johnny


I'm SUPER jealous!!!

I DID get to see The Ramones once.. and at CBGB's, no less... but it was with CJ, rocking the Eastwood/Mosrite.
"Punk Rock should mean freedom, liking and accepting anything that you like, as sloppy as you want, as long as it's good and has passion."
#22
They were one of the few bands I didn't see at CBGBs. Love that club though they rivaled that Scottish train station in Train Spotting for the filthiest bathroom in the western hemisphere.

I was in the mosh pit of a Ramones concert and got tossed up on the stage. I managed to stand between Dee Dee and Johnny for a good two songs. It was amazing.
#23
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I've always been a fan of the MiM stock P bass pickups (unlike the MiM Jazz stock pick ups... h8 them so much), so i highly doubt i'd want to change that anytime soon.

The neck is PHENOMENAL. I've wanted a Mple neck P for a long time. I know they're essentially the same thing, but i always feel like i play better with a Maple Neck.

Not imaginary on the neck. I play faster on one piece maple necks than I do on laminate rosewood boards. The solid piece lends itself to a smoother feel than the rosewoods, do. I love it.

The pickups, though, I've never been a fan of the MIM stock pickups. The Seymour Duncan vintage style pickup adds a lot of warmth, depth and range to the bass. Those stock MIM's aren't bad, but they are ceramic and imbue that trait into their sound by sounding anemic compared to a proper vintage style pickup.

I'd suggest a swap for some proper "vintage" style pickups like the APB-1's.

I do have this to say, also: that thing looks SWEET. It's a beautiful bass with a great 70's look to it. I own a couple MIM basses and LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the way they feel and look and with the pickups I've got in them, I LOVE LOVE LOVE the sound.

Congrats on a great purchase.


Edit: wait... it's been a while since I've shopped for/bought a new bass or browsed these forums... I just realized, that's a maple boarded MIM P-bass... they make those now? If so, wow. Still, a beauty of a bass.

Also, Anarkee, awesome!
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Last edited by Thomme at Feb 29, 2012,
#24
Quote by Thomme
Not imaginary on the neck. I play faster on one piece maple necks than I do on laminate rosewood boards. The solid piece lends itself to a smoother feel than the rosewoods, do.


Can you explain this to me?

I don't have a bass near me to watch myself, but I can't see how the one would make you "faster", unless you only did slides between notes and kept your finger on the string and wood of the fretboard as well and dragged yourself along? To me the wood stays in one place and so do the strings, my fingers just creep along the strings which then rest on the frets when pressed.
#25
Quote by askrere
Can you explain this to me?

I don't have a bass near me to watch myself, but I can't see how the one would make you "faster", unless you only did slides between notes and kept your finger on the string and wood of the fretboard as well and dragged yourself along? To me the wood stays in one place and so do the strings, my fingers just creep along the strings which then rest on the frets when pressed.

might be imaginary, I was simply using colorful language to agree, but when I'm playing a bass with a maple board I just feel like it's faster than a rosewood. With a rosewood board, I feel like the tips of my fingers are hitting something that is different than what the rest of my hand is. I feel like the rosewood is sluggish and distinctive compared to when I play a bass with a one-piece neck. It might, also, be psychological when I play bass. Knowing that the neck and board are one piece may cause me to perceive the position changes as being more fluid. Who knows? In anycase, it was a colorful way to compliment the choice of a maple board.

I, as well, do not have a bass near me to try the theory out and report on empirical data regarding my playing, so, I can't supply you with a scientifically proven fact.
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Last edited by Thomme at Feb 29, 2012,