|jeffgnr90 ||08-19-2013 12:55 AM |
Geddy Lee Jazz, Jaco Pastorius, or other?
So ultimately I would love to have a Ric or a Wal, but I'm thinking that I'm just going to get a good jazz bass (something better than my Squier VM Jazz) and get it wired in stereo. I'm more of an aggressive player and am into the prog. rock stuff. The band I'm in also plays progressive music. Having played neither of the above basses which do you think I should go for? I've recently played a ric for the first time, and there was so much glorious punch to it. Essentially, I'd love something that has the same kind of punch but in a jazz bass. I know "punch" is a vague term and a lot of variables need to be factored in. But I'm looking for ballpark figures:D
How much have you looked into those two basses?
I mean, the GL has 70s pickup spacing, a badass bridge, and a maple fretboard with a very shallow profile at the nut.
The JP has 60s spacing, a vintage threaded saddle bridge, and a rosewood fingerboard with a standard '62 dimension.
The JP is fretless. The Geddy is fretted.
JP is considerably more expensive.
|jeffgnr90 ||08-19-2013 01:24 AM |
Originally Posted by kedo
How much have you looked into those two basses?
Moreso into GL jazz, though I've done some reading on the Jaco as well. I'd be interested in a fretted Jaco which I thought existed, maybe I'm thinking of something else. But I kind of feel like play loud aggressive music with that particular bass wired in stereo would be cool. I suppose I'm more familiar with the 70's style spacing since that's the way my Squier is set up and I've looked into getting the BAII bridge before which would be cool with the GL. And I am aware that the GL is substantially cheaper than to the JP.
I might be wrong, but the closest thing to a fretted JP would be a sunburst AVRI '62 jazz bass. You might have to search the used market as they've been discontinued.
Fender offers the AV '64 Jazz, but I'm not sure what the differences are in terms of nut width and profile. I'm sure someone here has experience with both basses.
Also - another difference between the two is the finish. The GL is polyurethane while the JP (and AVRI '62, AV '64) are nitro.
|Jaco Taco ||08-19-2013 02:53 AM |
There's not much call for fretless in a prog band. Just get the Geddy Lee Jazz.
|azzyrazzy ||08-19-2013 03:57 AM |
If you really want a Ric, you will not be happy until you get one (Psychology). So start saving :)
You could upgrade you exisiting Jazz in the meantime.
|Caca de Kick ||08-19-2013 04:07 AM |
Just save up and get a Ric. It's not really that much more $.
|Qlanq ||08-19-2013 05:00 AM |
If you like the feel of the jazz and want an aggressive sound the Geddy won't disappoint.
|TheCush ||08-19-2013 08:26 AM |
I own both. 2002 CIJ Geddy and a mid 2000's fretted Jaco. For punch, the Geddy delivers that sound, but I tend to prefer the Jaco Sig for feel and play-ability, overall tone (really rich/full sounding). So if you're playing "Geddy" style with a pretty hard attack, the Geddy Sig is more punchy and growly than the Jaco played the same way (IMHO).
|bassgod0dmw ||08-19-2013 08:29 AM |
Originally Posted by Jaco Taco
There's not much call for fretless in a prog band.
|FourBanger ||08-19-2013 08:30 AM |
Blacktop or Modern Player.
I have a Geddy and consider it to be one of the best basses Fender has ever made. I'm assuming you have a stereo amp set up to go with the stereo bass. I'm not sure how this would affect the sound of the bass. One other possibility might be a Roadworn Jazz.
I'd go with a G&L or a Lakland of I were going to get a J-bass. Carvin makes some cool stuff too.
I've played both the instruments in question and was far less than impressed with both. Now, that could have been the terrible set ups that were on both but...
Ps. Fretless in prog works just fine :)
|xparis001 ||08-19-2013 10:05 AM |
keep your eye on craigslist, wait for a decent rick bass. you won't be satisfied with the jazzes. there's a rick on there in new hampshire right now (no affiliation) for $1150. headstock repair, but if you can live with that, why not?
|kcole4001 ||08-19-2013 10:40 AM |
If what you're using now works well enough, then save your money and get what you want when you can while keepng the first one for variety.
You'll be better off in the end.
|DiabolusInMusic ||08-19-2013 12:41 PM |
Apples and oranges man, I own and love my Jaco and while I haven't bought a Geddy I have been close and I have played plenty. The necks are different, the pickups are different, the hardware is different, and most importantly the Jaco is fretless. As somebody said, the Jaco is a 62 so it comes with all the ******** of a vintage bass. I love my Jaco and will always keep it stock but I hate the reverse tuners and I absolutely hate taking the neck off to adjust the truss rod.
|bassgod0dmw ||08-19-2013 01:14 PM |
Originally Posted by DiabolusInMusic
I hate the reverse tuners and I absolutely hate taking the neck off to adjust the truss rod.
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