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Why are there so few 5string precision bass'?

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On 11/09/2019 at 13:44, GisserD said:

aside from the obvious split design, what are the physical differences between the P and J pickup?

Technically, I think it's correct to say that the P pickup is a humbucking configuration; an individual J pickup is not.

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I have a pair of humbucking j pickups in a bass (Delano) but Don't fender make a version too?
I think they have two coils inside but only one around a magnet.

 

 

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Yeah, I think it's one of those funny, neither one-nor-t'other configurations - a bit like how the P-90 sounds like a humbucker but is actually an overwound single-coil, I think the split-coil P is humbucking but has an output level closer to a single-coil.

I'm actually not sure whether standard Js are HB or SC! They certainly sound more like singles, but I could be entirely wrong, especially as they do typically have two poles...

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The original pickups in my j bass were single coil for sure.  The two being wound in different directions and having opposite polarity magnets.  Turn one pickup off and lots of hum results.  The delanos are silent.

The sound I think comes from the narrow aperture rather than the singlecoiliness per se.  So you can make a humbucker that sounds close to a regular single coil .. trad humbuckers ( stingrays, Wals etc ) have a wider aperture.

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10 hours ago, EliasMooseblaster said:

Yeah, I think it's one of those funny, neither one-nor-t'other configurations - a bit like how the P-90 sounds like a humbucker but is actually an overwound single-coil, I think the split-coil P is humbucking but has an output level closer to a single-coil.

I'm actually not sure whether standard Js are HB or SC! They certainly sound more like singles, but I could be entirely wrong, especially as they do typically have two poles...

Standard Js are single coils- but in the standard implementation, one is RWound/Rpolarity and effectively hum-cancels the other provided both volume controls are at the same level.

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A 5 string will always sound a little different than the exact same 4 string version, higher mass, wider neck etc all impact the tone a little. Same with other pickup routings.

The best 5 string Ps I have heard are light with a shallower than normal P neck. My theory is that this offsets it being a 5er a little.

Lull P5, FBass VF series P5 both I felt sounded amazing. But perhaps a little too “custom”.

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12 hours ago, NickA said:

Leo fender said his best basses were the g&l ones ....so it seems he didn't think he'd got it right first time with the precision!

He was trying to sell G&L basses at the time, so I guess he would say that, wouldn't he.

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29 minutes ago, chris_b said:

He was trying to sell G&L basses at the time, so I guess he would say that, wouldn't he.

He was right IMO! 

I think it’s mainly about tradition - if you play a P bass for many people it’s about going back to basics, and being proud of it. I guess it’s like putting air conditioning in a classic car. Part of the charm is the limitation. 

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1 hour ago, chris_b said:

He was trying to sell G&L basses at the time, so I guess he would say that, wouldn't he.

He would but he was a constant tinkerer, and this is what he had come up with with another 20 years experience so I think he meant it. If you look at all his basses there was a constant evolution going on. 

And yes, I would say he was right.

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When I was looking I couldn't find a lightweight, narrow string spacing 5er Precision so for the past  18 months have been enjoying this rather spendid Mah-roos-chick Jake 5. Weighs in at an even 8lbs.

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