#2
Fender all the way

Gibson basses are just terrible.
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#3
P-bass. I'm not a bassist, but I've played both and the Gibbey isn't nearly as good.
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#4
Fender hands down. The Gibson is an overpriced piece of garbage.
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#5
P-bass
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#7
Get the Fender, but buy it used and it'll cost half to 3/4 of that price.
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#8
neither... get a warwick corvette
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#9
First, have you tried either of them?

If not, that would be the first thing I would do because pretty much everyone here (not including me) is going to tell you the T-Bird is crap and go for the P-bass.

So try them both out, and weigh the pros and cons.

I have both, and use them for different situations.

A heads up though, the T-bird is heavy as hell.
#10
P-bass. I'm not afraid to conform. especially when the majority is right.

but you should play some of them basses, you might want something else.
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#12
Go out and play some basses. Maybe neither of them is the bass for you.
#13
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First, have you tried either of them?

If not, that would be the first thing I would do because pretty much everyone here (not including me) is going to tell you the T-Bird is crap and go for the P-bass.

So try them both out, and weigh the pros and cons.

I have both, and use them for different situations.

A heads up though, the T-bird is heavy as hell.

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#14
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So try them both out, and weigh the pros and cons.


I lol-ed when I read this because as you stated, one of the issues with the Tbird and most Gibson basses is that they are really heavy suckers.

I'd get the Pbass. I like upper fret access myself.
#17
I wouldn't get either (I like Fender but not the P bass) but If I was forced to choose I would go with Fender, but if you were going to go with them get a J bass, you can still get a P bass sound off of it, but you have more versatility with the J bass.
#19
I play a Squier P-Bass, I wouldent touch a Gibson Bass with an 8-Foot pole.
#20
Get the T-Bird! You will look so cool, that you will have your choice chicks from your crowds fighting to buy you a P-Bass! HA!
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#21
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Having trouble deciding between the two, help me out.

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The Fender American Standard Precision Bass

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wat sort of music do you play? id get the p-bass
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#23
*looks over shoulder, to the other bassists on the forum* uhhhhh, I, uhhhhh *click* I REALLLLY hate T-birds!

But seriously, go with the P-bass. Try the T-bird, but IMO the P is better.
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#24
I see so problem with the Thunderbirds

Only that they are a touch Heavy, and the neck dives when you let go of it

But when I play I lower the neck to a little under horizontal sometimes.

I noticed when my music teacher filmed one of our gigs, and was like

Here comes the big stage move!

Anyway.

I'm a fan of, choose what if right for you

And I have been seriously considering picking up a t-Bird, just for the cool factor

though I would boost the high ends majorly to try and keep my bright tone
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#25
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though I would boost the high ends majorly to try and keep my bright tone


You forget that, due to the fact the guitar is made completely of Mahogany and the Mini-humbuckers are muddy as hell. You will never get a decent bright tone out of a T-Bird.
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#26
I'd go out and try out both the P-Bass and T-bird to see which one you like. After you make your purchase, don't forget to come back here and say "Wow, I can't believe it - you guys were 100% right about the P-Bass being better!"
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#29
Nice double post there.

Let it be known that you really have to try them. I was tossing up a Warwick Corvette and a Gibson Thunderbird until I actually tried them, and the corvette assraped the Gibson in the tone department. There's something to be said for rocking up to a gig with a Thunderbird and a Ampeg though, and just having that "F**k You, I'm a dirty bassist!" tone on all night, while pulling a mean bass face. Not that I've ever done it, but I've witnessed it, and god it looks cool

Out of the two, I'd go with the Fender P, but I'm not a huge fan of P's, so I'd go with a Fender Jazz, but I'm a Warwick worshipper, so I'd go on Ebay and pick me up a second hand Thumb Bass (Or a Musicman Bongo/Ray/Sterling, if ye' do so swing that way)
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#31
The P-Bass would destroy the Thunderbird if you're looking for a nice bright tone. The jazz is even better yet for that, although my preference tells me I like the Precision better. Gibson basses aren't half the quality of their guitars; they're not worth a dime, if you ask me. Maybe it's just me, I've never played one I liked.
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#32
The only problem I have with the T bird's tone is that it lacks definition in the low end zone.

The P bass still has plenty of low end like the t bird but the split and staggered pickups give it more clarity and definition.

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