In your opinion (or experience) is a bass with a PJ pickup configuration a good compromise between a P and a J bass, or rather neither fish nor meat?? Wouldn’t a good PJ bass (especially with various options for pairing/isolating individual pickups) be the best option if you can’t afford both a P and a J bass??
I love them. Nice tonal combination, very versatile. Listen to this BB
I like P/J basses too. even if it’s not “the real thing” you can get a P sound and get pretty close to a J sound, and even cooler you can dial in between.
So, can you hear the difference?? What makes the “real thing” so much “realer”??
assuming that the pickups are located exactly like on a P (neck pickup) and a J (bridge pickup - even if all the J basses don’t have the bridge pickup in the exact same place) :
- you won’t ear a noticeable difference when using only the P pickup
- same thing on the bridge pickup only, but who uses only the bridge J pickup ?
- when blending the two pickups you will be able to get close to a J tone, but not identical (because of the neck pickup obviously)
for me the important thing on a real P is the neck ! it’s much wider and bigger than a J neck and it makes me play differently.
That’s a nice sound. I have the BB235, which is the 5 string version of the BB 234.