I like both kinds of bass - Precision and Jazz

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  1. w3stie

    w3stie Poster Extraordinaire

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    I dig the thumpy P bass and I like the smooth Jazz tones. The Jazz has smooth Dr Tomastik flatwounds, and with that skinny neck you can play as fast as you like. The P has round wounds and can get nice and twangy - like piano strings, but it feels slower. I've heard there are are other kinds of basses out there, but I'm in bass heaven right where I am :)
     
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    Hofner 500/1, just a short scale guy.

    Had a Jazz once, I did enjoy that tho.
    Play on my friend.
     
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    Agree about the Jazz and p-bass. I have both and use them almost equally.

    I think a 60s style 3-tone burst Jazz bass is about as cool looking as it gets, especially when sporting full chrome.
     
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    Yup, they're nice for sure. I have played an L-2000 before.

    But most of us are at least a little superficial about our instruments, and for that reason, the Jazz and Precision will always be a little cooler.

    I'd buy an L-2000 though.
     
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    Like this one!
     

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    I also have those.

    Modded Squier VM '77 JB ( body from a Squier CV '60 JB )

    Fender Special Deluxe P/J ( original )

    Modded Squier CV '60 JB ( body from the VM '77 )

    Squier Pro Tone P/J ( original )

    Modded Squier VM '70 JB

    And to make it different sometime : Fender Modern Player Starcaster short scale Bass ( original )
     

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    w3stie Poster Extraordinaire

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    ^ Nice collection!

    I've had all kinds of different basses in the past - even one of those crazy 5-string jobs (what was I thinking!) I think I prefer solid and simple. And light weight. I really don't go for heavy basses after having several of them. My '57 RI feels like it's made from pine, very light and the Aerodyne Jazz is also slim and light.
     
  9. rze99

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    Nice.

    When I went to get my bass I wanted a p or a j but I walked out of the store with a musician stingray. I love it.

    I still fancy a p and a j just because.
     
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    I love the sound of Jazz basses, but hate the look.
    I love the look of pre 57 Pecisions (both versions), and stripped "hippie natural" 60s P basses.
    My dream Fender bass would be a natural finish 56 body, Jazz pickups, narrow rosewood Jazz neck.
    Oddly, I love wider guitar necks, but I greatly prefer the narrow Jazz bass nut width.
     
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    my girlfriend wanted to start playing bass. my first piece of advice was to either pick a precision or a jazz bass. best advice i could have given her. anything leo invented is a good bass to use, i can't see the sense in anything beyond a precision or jazz.
     
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    Well there's scale length for one and also weight although you can find beautifully lightweight P & J basses. I've moved to short scale - Gibson SG bass and a Hofner Club Ignition series (which are great value btw).

    Best bass I ever had and only instrument I regret selling, was a very early Japanese Squier P bass.
     
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    there's indeed scale length, and i've dabbled in short scales, but i've found the only scale length worth bothering with is 34".
     
  14. w3stie

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    There's a reference to the 34" scale length on the book How the Fender Bass Changed the World. It was the best compromise for the bass guitar and hasn't been changed since. I've played short scale basses ( Fender Mustang and Hagstrom) and 35" scale bass, but the 34" is best I find.
     
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    Love my James Johnston Squier signature (basically a LPB CV 60s Jazz). Love it even more since I put a set of LaBella flats on. Nails the Abbey Road bass tone perfectly.
     
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    I find the typical Pbass neck to be too much work compared to the Jbass
     
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    I use an 80's Jazz and an old 80's Aria SB1000 active bass. The SB is my number one. Though neck, heavyweight punch, effortless to play with a slim neck.

    I did add a series/parallel switch to my jazz and that does add a really thumpy extra P type sound in series.

    I am thinking of rebuilding my jazz with a new body and punchier pickups - maybe some actives as the neck is sweet.
     
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    I bought my bass about 20 years ago. I played a bunch of Js and a bunch of Ps and ended up with an American Standard PBass. It's fairly heavy and doesn't play as easily as a Jazz but that "thunk" is to die for!

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    I doubt I'll ever have another bass but the Hofner violin bass and the Ric 4001 are iconic.
     
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    Ive played just about every kind of electric bass out there, vintage and modern, and for years I've ben entirely and completely satisfied with a passive Dingwall five string, basically just like this one:

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    It gets very kind of sound I want from a bass from the scoop mid J bass sound to the honky p-bass sound to the jaco bridge pickup sound to old school jamerson. it's light and balanced and comfortable

    Only thing is the unorthodox look, which puts people off. I love the fenders--great designs, obviously. I still have a j and a p. But bass doesn't end there
     
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