Thinking of adding a variety of Fender basses to my Fender bass collection...
So far I have:
2001 MIM Fender Jazz
2001 MIA Fender Precision
I'm itching to try out the Jaguar and Mustangs but never had the chance to. How do each generally sound like? Like if a precision has a lot of power and a jazz has a lot of cutting sounds, what the about the Jaguars and Mustangs?
Jaguars actually look pretty nice but the smaller body shape with the regular headstock kinda makes it look like a toy...
Check out a Fender JP-90. They are USA made. Sound great. And can be had for $350.
Don't get caught up in the 'looks like a toy' thing. The mustang can be a funky beast. It's more jazz-like I think. Sounds great with flat wounds for a nice vintage sound. The bonus is that the short scale size allows for easy playing which is great If u suffer from tendinitis or anything like that. Don't know much about the jaguar though...
Mustang is going to sound very similar to P but less focused lows, more rubbery highs, dirtier and slightly boomier all together. It has the smallest scale feel of any bass I've ever played.
Jaguar is like a J but more tonal options. To use your word it is capable of more "power" because of the series pickup mode option.
You may want to explore the Telecaster Modern Players too. It's a darker more open sound than your P and J. It would give you a lot of contrast to both of them due to the pickups and their placement.
Pawn Shop Jag
What about the pawnshop Mustangs? I have heard they have a pretty powerful pickup on them. Is it very different from the old school ones?
if you are willing to go fenderesque g&l makes a lot of cool basses too
I've liked every mustang I've played. They all sound like muddy pbasses to me, which I like.
I love the more "oddball" Fenders. Mustangs are very cool. They can sound very Precision-ey, but definitely have their own thing going on. My experience is as described above (tubbier lows, rubbery highs), in a good way.
I also dig the mid-80s MIJ E-series 32"-scale Precisions. They're somewhere in the gray area between a normal Precision and a Mustang. They definitely sound closer to a normal Precision, but they feel a little closer to a Mustang because of the shorter scale. Not the easiest thing to find, but they pop up from time-to-time.
I really tried to like the reverse Jag, but the dual-humbucker thing just wasn't for me, nor was the reverse headstock. Not a fan of having to crane my hand under to tune. That said, if I were a lefty, I'd convert one of those to left-handed in a heartbeat, just for grins.
I'm totally stoked for the new Starcaster basses to come out. I always liked the Starcaster guitars, and I've been GASsing pretty bad for the bass since pics started showing up online.
star casters are apparently now mid level hollow bodies too and not just costco acoustics and solid bodies
These are being "re-issued." (I use quotes because the basses never actually went into production. Only a few prototypes ever existed. The one in the video sold for $20,000.)
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