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Advice on a P-Bass With "Skinny" Jazz Style Neck?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by faulknersj, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    I am a Jazz bass, MM Sterling Player that is afraid of the wide neck on a P. I am hoping the TB communitty can offer advice on any P-Bass Models that provide a traditional vintage P- Bass Tone with a narrower jazz bass style neck. I feel like I really need a P in my repetoire. Are there any Fender, or Lakland (or other manufacturer models) that you might reccomend?
  2. Lakland Duck Dunn.
    (44-64 Custom now)
    And I think Fender's Tony Franklin Sig has a Jazz width neck.
  3. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    My Alan Knight P-bass that I'm selling.

    Honestly, the only one I can think of offhand is the Lakland Duck Dunn.

    The TF has a modern P-bass width (1.65)
  4. chunkstyle


    Nov 14, 2003
    you can order a G&L SB-1 with a skinny little neck.
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  6. EagleMoon

    EagleMoon Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2007
    Wexford, PA
    What about the Fender Active P bass Special? It's got a jazz neck.
  7. Hmm. According to the specs, it falls between Jazz width and P width. P- 44 mm, TF- 41 mm, J- 38 mm
  8. Spiritfield


    Mar 2, 2004
    Lakland US Bob Glaub (whatever the current "number model") can be had with 1.5" neck widths. 70's era Fender basses were available with 1.5" "A" necks. Atkinson custom basses (he's a member here) can custom build you a P bass with a skinny neck. Lot's of choices.
  9. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Man dont be afraid. I went from that pencil thin Ibby neck to a P bass chunky and I felt the same way. After about a week I cant imagine going back to those pencil necks. Get a real P-bass and play the hell out of it.
  10. acebase62

    acebase62 Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2010
    Fender made some P basses in the early 70s that had a narrow nut width.

    A number of MIJ Fender P-J basses had them as well.

    You might consider a Warmoth bass or something similar and use whatever vintage sounding pickup(s) you like.
  11. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    Stanger Danger, can you do runs like Stevie Wonders " Sir Duke" or "Do I Do" on that fat neck? I am scared of covering that extra real estate on runs like those?
  12. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Fender Aerodyne? I heard they have narrow necks, but I haven't tried one. They are pretty tho.
  13. lowend1


    Feb 15, 2005
  14. BigOldHarry


    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
    Newer P-basses have narrower necks. Old (what - pre-1990?) P-basses have the 1 3/4 " nut. I too don't much care for those, but the new ones are dandy. I have a Lakland 4-94 that has a 1.6" inch... ... So it's a bit narrower than a current P neck (1.625") and I love it. I find the 1.5" nut on the J bass to be <i>just a bit</i> too narrow for slapping - at least for me. But the new P-basses feel *nice*.
  15. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Never tried any Stevie Wonder. I had expressed the same feeling about a P before I got one and I know now the fear was unfounded. They are still a lot smaller than 5 and 6 strings and there are cats playing "Sir Duke" on 5 and 6s Im quite sure.

    Just sayin, dont knock till you try it. You might like it.

    BigOldHarry is on the mark.
  16. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Way before that. Try the late 60s.:bassist:
  17. faulknersj

    faulknersj Supporting Member

    Apr 4, 2008
    Scottsdale Az
    Most 5 strings i have played, including my Fender FMT 5 string, have much tighter spacing than a 1 3/4 at the nut P Bass.
  18. You could pull a parts-o-caster. Order a jazz neck and a cheap body, and a nice pup, and you're set.
  19. coolrunner989

    coolrunner989 Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
  20. screaminglucy


    Jul 20, 2009
    TX, USA

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