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Precision or Jazz?

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by 2HBStrat, Mar 22, 2021.

  1. 2HBStrat

    2HBStrat Tele-Afflicted

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    Ginger or Mary Ann?
     
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  2. RobRiggs

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    I’ve got both. Why limit yourself :)
     
  3. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Poster Extraordinaire

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    P = plug-n-play, sound great for almost everything, without much fussing. Spacious fingerboard without a lot of taper from nut to heel. Medium output pickup. The industry standard electric bass guitar, a status uninterrupted, and not even seriously challenged, since its introduction 70 years ago. The Ford F-150 of electric bass guitars.

    J = More refined and versatile, but more fiddly. String to string volume balance poor compared to P bass. Low output pickups. Extreme neck taper due to very narrow nut, which you either love or hate (I am in the "hate" camp). Ergonomically challenging body to some, and tend to run a tad heavier on average due to more body volume than a P.

    A P does what I need, but I keep Js around for looks.
     
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  4. Asmith

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    PJ of course
     
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    surf_jimi Tele-Meister

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    Hot Rod P-bass. P-bass pickup and one jazz bass bridge pickup that can be blended in.
     
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    7A107C5C-3B5F-4A37-988D-DC3A4E9EDC91.jpeg Both!
     
  7. G.Rotten

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    Jazz for me.

    I used to be a PB guy, until I started doing all the set ups for my bass player. The more I played his a Jazz Basses the more i liked them.
     
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  8. kbold

    kbold Friend of Leo's

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    There's more out there than just Jazz and Precision ......... Why limit yourself.

    If I could only have one ...... Precision.
     
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  9. brookdalebill

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    This!
    I have a J type with flats, a J type with rounds, and P bass with tape wounds.
    Love em' all!
     
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  10. Twang-ineer

    Twang-ineer Tele-Meister

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    I'm a Jazz Bass guy - in 30 years of playing, the only bass with a P-Bass pickup I every owned was on a newer Mexi Mustang. And I gotta say, a PJ bass is kinda the best of both worlds.
     
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    I couldn't say it better!
     
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  12. mexicanyella

    mexicanyella Friend of Leo's

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    I used to think P-basses sounded tubby and stupid and thought I wanted a Jazz Bass so I could make deep twangy piano-sounding low notes. That was based on goofing around on bandmates’ instruments over the years.

    I stumbled into a great deal on a Squier Affinity P-bass, figuring I could learn on it at least. Once I started playing it in a band, suddenly the sound I thought was tubby and stupid made sense. It sounds great in a rock mix. It just drops right in above the kick and below the guitars. Even more than with guitars, good bedroom tone is not likely equal to good real-world ensemble tone.

    So that’s why I now dig P-basses. That, and I like their simplicity too.

    I don’t have any band time on a J-bass, but obviously they work well for a lot of people.
     
  13. Chiogtr4x

    Chiogtr4x Doctor of Teleocity

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    I'm not a bass player, but both sound awesome to me!

    I love the look of the Jazz bass- they seem to melt into the player. Sexy!

    As someone who plays just about all the time in an acoustic duo or electric trio, there is nothing like playing ( any style music) with a great bass player.

    There is serious freedom (melodically and rhythmically ) with just guitar and bass ( and drums/trio) the space and the air!
     
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    P (clone) with flats works for me :D
     
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    I heard from a studio player that if you show up to most recording studios without a P-bass in the kit they send you home and call the next player on the list. So start with a P-bass and then go after a J as your second.

    A few years back I got a generic starter P-bass and routed it for two jazz pickups plus a 5-way Strat switch. It Quacks when I want it.

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    I own a P which is all any guitar playing bass-dabbler really needs. "My" ultimate bass would be a J with a P pickup in the neck position pickup though. Preferably in a 60s custom color, RW board.
     
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    Both, but get the P first
     
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    PJ for me. I like the smaller body of a Precision, but I like the Jazz neck. And I like having the bridge pickup option.
     
  19. Fiesta Red

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    A ‘51 to ‘56 Precision for me, please.
     
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  20. 68Telebass

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    Mary Ann, of course! She’ll cook you a great breakfast in the morning! :rolleyes:

    P to start, then grab a nice Squier 60s Jazz. I think Daphne Blue is available...:cool:
     
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