Getting a respectable Phil tone from a P-bass can be done

Getting a respectable Phil tone from a P-bass can be done

Postby Rusty the Scoob » Tue Nov 24, 2015 1:13 pm

I'm finding you can get a pretty good Phil tone from a modified P... good enough for a bar or club, at least. Here's how I approach it:

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Re: Getting a respectable Phil tone from a P-bass can be don

Postby brbadg » Wed Nov 25, 2015 9:29 pm

So you're saying that the P bass pickup stays thumpy,while the rear pickup adds the clarity? I'm assuming you play more towards the p bass pickup?
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Re: Getting a respectable Phil tone from a P-bass can be don

Postby Rusty the Scoob » Mon Nov 30, 2015 7:12 am

Yeah, the P bass pickup only really sounds distinctive in that midrage, which the tone knob removes. Then the bridge pickup and EQ both add clarity back into it. I tend to play over the P-bass pickup when picking but will move toward the neck for softer passages or times when I want a rounder fatter tone, or move a little toward the bridge when I want something tighter like the intro to Music Never Stopped.
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Re: Getting a respectable Phil tone from a P-bass can be don

Postby brbadg » Mon Nov 30, 2015 8:21 am

Cool.I'll just have to decide which one I want to carve up.LOL!
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Re: Getting a respectable Phil tone from a P-bass can be don

Postby Rusty the Scoob » Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:02 am

That's why I started with a whole new one! :lol: Ended up being my favorite bass maybe ever.
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Re: Getting a respectable Phil tone from a P-bass can be don

Postby brbadg » Tue Dec 01, 2015 10:20 am

I guess I'd have to ask what product you are using for the eq if you don't mind?
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Re: Getting a respectable Phil tone from a P-bass can be don

Postby brbadg » Tue Dec 01, 2015 11:04 am

Never mind I found a few,thanks
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Re: Getting a respectable Phil tone from a P-bass can be don

Postby Rusty the Scoob » Wed Dec 02, 2015 7:33 am

I've tried just about every EQ on the market and really like EMG's 2-band for the John Kahn tone. Reminds me a lot of the Sadowsky preamp, which I do prefer but costs about 3x as much and takes a little soldering whereas the EMG system just plugs right in. And let's face it I'm a little lazy! I used it in my Steinberger for cost and space and ended up really liking it and putting one in the black P too.

My 2nd most played P has an ACG EQ-02, a really awesome system, that does an even better Phil. But I prefer the bridge pickup and the neck itself on the black and white above. If I was really building a Phil P I'd use a soapbar of some sort in the neck and an ACG. http://www.bestbassgear.com/acg-eq-02-preamp.htm
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Re: Getting a respectable Phil tone from a P-bass can be don

Postby brbadg » Wed Dec 02, 2015 6:48 pm

Hey alright thank you!
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