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

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  1. faulknersj

    faulknersj Gold Supporting Member

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    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. CBgaragebassist

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    Lakland Duck Dunn.
    (44-64 Custom now)
    And I think Fender's Tony Franklin Sig has a Jazz width neck.
     
  3. GeneralElectric

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    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

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

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    What about the Fender Active P bass Special? It's got a jazz neck.
     
  7. CBgaragebassist

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    Hmm. According to the specs, it falls between Jazz width and P width. P- 44 mm, TF- 41 mm, J- 38 mm
     
  8. Spiritfield

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    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

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    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

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    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 Gold Supporting Member

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    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?
     
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    Fender Aerodyne? I heard they have narrow necks, but I haven't tried one. They are pretty tho.
     
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    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*.
     
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    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.
     
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    Way before that. Try the late 60s.:bassist:
     
  18. faulknersj

    faulknersj Gold Supporting Member

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    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.
     
  19. Rockingbird

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    You could pull a parts-o-caster. Order a jazz neck and a cheap body, and a nice pup, and you're set.
     
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