Post by jazzcabbage on Oct 30, 2017 22:19:26 GMT -6
The Jazz bass has a unique sound with it's dual single coil pups. One of the best tracking basses I've come across was an old Danelectro longhorn pups in series. I've always wanted to mod a J bass to do this. I can tell you that a fretless J bass pup configuration is what you want or at the very least that bridge pup to get that classic "mwah" tone.
What are the feelings about PJ basses? Good blend?
Any combination of tone coming from a quality instrument/pickup set will be interesting and usable. So, yes, a PJ setup can be very good.
The only caveat I would add is that using different bass guitars on a single album complicates the overall mix, as in getting the low end to sit consistently across all the songs. At least it does for me. My band's in-production record has P, J, G&L, 5-string, and Warwick fretless on it. Pretty much a different bass on every song, using a changing recording chain as time goes by. With my limited engineering experience, it has become challenging to mix.
My vocation is more in composition really than in anything else- building up harmonies using the guitar, orchestrating the guitar like an army, a guitar army. | Jimmy Page
Mike's Fenders are custom built. He builds his rigs with his bass for the projects he is involved in. Different rigs for different gigs. He has a custom p-bass that just nails Billy Sheehan's tone, and believe me, he can play anything! It is an honor jamming with this guy! He just might have a video somewhere on his Facebook or you tube page...I haven't had much time to search. Here's a couple of his videos. He is very knowledgeable and has had just about every rig and combination you could imagine... He has more recent videos if you have the time to search...
I've had this cheap P Bass (Squier Classic Vibe) for years. It has served its purpose, but I've never fully been satisfied with my bass tone. I always chalked it up to my shitty bass playing (which will remain shitty), but I've been wondering if I shouldn't try a jazz bass for a more punchy, midrange tone. Any thoughts?