Originally Posted by electracoyote
Now, THAT is one of the smarter answers I've heard to this question. Highly subjective and dependant on the player of course, but a good thought nonetheless. I am impervious to string spacing, I can utilize the same range of dynamics regardless, but I don't doubt there are some players who are more sensitive and influenced by this aspect.
I was thinking, in a blind sound test using the same string attack on a P versus J -width neck, there is no discernable tonal difference.
I just wanted to say I am also impervious to string spacing, and IRL (i.e. not TB - no offense) I have only ever met one person who cared that much about string spacing. He even bought a Jazz over a P because of that reason alone! Even though he wanted the P.
This place really makes me worry sometimes. Like when I got my first 5 string I was thinking the transition would be difficult and all that "jazz" but it was literally a 2 minute ordeal.
Maybe you and I are freaks of nature. I know I picked up the mechanics of actually "playing" the bass VERY quickly. Of course learning how to ACTUALLY "play" the bass (if that makes any sense) is a long work in progress that I hope to be able to enjoy for many more years to come.
I am thinking of buying a Lakland Skyline P5 (because my current 5 is a Jazz, the B is not all that tight, and it is a tad heavy) but TB has me worried to death I will hate the 35" scale and I will hate myself forever for buying one. When in actuality (at least for me) it will probably take little to no adjustment from me and be a great sounding/feeling instrument.
Which is weird because I have small hands with short fingers and you would think after years of playing nothing but a 4 string Jazz/Ibanez, there would have been somewhat of a transition going to a P and going to a 5.
A little off topic, but I don't understand how people can get so worked up by TINY fractions of an inch. Maybe going to 35" scale will be more difficult since we are adding a whole inch (although if my experience with short scale basses is any indication of things to come - it won't).
To get back to the OP's question: No. I don't believe that there will be any perceivable difference to most people (i.e. the people listening to you/paying your bills/ENJOYING YOUR MUSIC).
But of course musicians (especially bassists) are creative individuals. I think a lot of us on this forum like to come up with "problems" that ultimately will lead to more gear buying ("honey does this bass make me look fat"). I know I do
So I think I will change my answer to a DEFINITE: yes. Whatever nut width you are currently playing sounds like crap and you should be very unhappy with yourself because of it. Whatever nut width you are wanting to compare it to will DEFINITELY sound WAAAY better and you should buy it. Something tells me you'll love it