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Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by Tele-beeb, Oct 26, 2020.

  1. Tele-beeb

    Tele-beeb Friend of Leo's

    Apr 2, 2012
    The Bluegrass
    I read and observe there can be a way bigger difference in neck size/shape and body/control layout, etc... among bass guitars.
    Wondering, as I ponder my next bass:
    do bass players choose instruments with similar overall layouts? Like... do P-bass players choose necks and controls like a P-bass for familiarity?
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  2. bftfender

    bftfender Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 21, 2017
    York PA
    bass player for 30+

    have P, J & active Ibby. I am covered. SVT live rig & Ampeg pf50t/svt210 studio rig. all i need

    since the guitar switch 5 years ago,,the amount of guitar gear here is staggering... it never ends.
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  3. 68Telebass

    68Telebass Friend of Leo's

    Aug 2, 2014
    Northern Arizona
    Nope- not always, but some may be more comfortable with a certain kind of neck- i.e. a P bass with a jazz neck or vice-versa.
    I’ve got the 68 Tele bass- (chunky neck- just feels “right”) also have a Jazz, an EB-3 and an Ibanez Talman p/j with actiVe EQ. All necks and layouts a bit different- no biggie- Gives me some options.
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  4. dr. love

    dr. love Tele-Meister

    Nov 22, 2007
    Lubbock, TX
    I have tried nearly everything but now have learned what I really like and stick with four main electric basses which are in pairs: a fretted and fretless six string with rounds, and a fretted and fretless four with flats. I do prefer that the fretless are similar to the fretted so the muscle memory is the same: one less thing to worry about when switching.
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  5. Bassman8

    Bassman8 Tele-Holic

    Feb 17, 2018
    Centrally South PA
    For me the answer is I do like a relatively similar layout and neck feel. Not exact but familiar enough that I can plug in play without stopping to figure something out.
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  6. erratick

    erratick Tele-Holic

    Feb 11, 2013
    I started on P-bass copy with a rosewood board and a 1.65 nut. Sold it, got the avatar picture bass- same 1.65 neck- slimmer profile. Then tried a Rickenbacker, and a NS-2. Didn't buy either because I was a starvin student. Fast forward- Got a Fender jazz bass as a backup. Loved the maple board and 1.5in nut with slim neck.

    I prefer the jazz neck- but can get around on the others. So I made a P bass with a Jazz Neck. Picked up a Squier jazz as a backup for the Fender. So now it is basically a P/j with flats, P with rounds and a jazz neck, J with rounds, J with flats. Both Jazz basses are maple necked, both P have rosewood. Then a 5 string just for 5 stringy-ness.

    So... yeah. I don't know. I do prefer similar neck feel. I don't play the 5 string very often partially because string spacing/nut width is not as comfortable.

    But each bass has a different sound (not drastic, but different)- mostly because of the strings. I may have a bass problem. If I had to cut down to one- the Fender Jazz. If it was two it would probably be the P with a Jazz neck in addition to the Fender Jazz.
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  7. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    I’m lucky!
    I have two basses, a PRS SE (import) Kestrel, which is J bass-like, but neck-through, and a 95 P bass, with narrower J-bass type nut width.
    They sound dis-similar, in a good way, but both have the narrower nut width.
    Both have dead quiet, hum free pickups.
    Perfect, for me!
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