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i'm not sure how i feel about this

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HelpImaRock, Aug 6, 2013.


  1. HelpImaRock

    HelpImaRock

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    in theory, it's cool. i dig Precision pickups. the Jazz shape and neck is more ergonomic. but something about it just rubs me the wrong way and i don't know why.
     
  2. Snakeman1066

    Snakeman1066

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    what i want to know is what the hell has fender got against Maple boards?...lol

    if that had a maple board and a P width Neck i would Rock it no problem!
     
  3. FourBanger

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    But wait until you hear one. They are thunderous.
     
  4. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure Supporting Member

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    I think the J pickups are what define a J bass. Therefor this is not a J bass in my eyes. Oddly enough they put the double J pickups on the Blacktop P. I tool am a huge fan of a maple boards.
     
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  6. Bassic Playing

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    I think it looks cool. I have to wonder though: To people who have experience with these, how much does a jazz with a p pup differ in sound to a regular p?
     
  7. HelpImaRock

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    and, how much does the second pickup change the sound of the first?
     
  8. Rusty G String

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    It's a P P bass! I like the idea of a single P pup on a jazz body with a jazz neck. Do they make one like that? I don't like the P body or neck. I can't see this being more versatile than a P/J setup, but I'm curious. It just don't look right.
     
  9. darkstorm

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    Fender should have offered that configuration long long ago. Nice.
     
  10. dirtbeard

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    Is the neck pickup in the normal P spot?

    -db
     
  11. og61pbass

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    its Fenders way to bastardize a classic instrument and for the pbass also that has the double j pups...:bag:
     
  12. EXILE03

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    The closest thing to it is the Mark Hoppus signature, which has a reversed P pickup, no tone pot, and a P neck.
     
  13. Mark4

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    Nope. It's closer to the neck.
     
  14. bkbirge

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    It's obvious the problem is no tort.
     
  15. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

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    Too true, tattoo! This bass is an absolute cannon!!

    I did a side-by-side test of one last year. I plugged in a Squier Jazz like one I'd previously owned, noodled around to "remember" it's sound. Then I tried out the Blacktop Jazz…and I did a double-take. I was literally agog for a few seconds at the sheer aggression coming off this bass. :eek:

    Less than six months later, I traded in an old Squier during Guitar Centers trade-in expo and got a helluva discount on my first brand-new bass (everything I ever had before was used, up until then). Got it factory-direct from Fender, un-boxed it and had it set-up right there…or I would've, if it had even needed it. They tech just adjusted the string height a bit and didn't charge me a thing. Then I tested it out…

    Remember that "double take" I mentioned? The same thing happened to someone halfway across the show floor. Shortly after he came over to take a look for himself. We both knew I had something special there. :hyper:

    If you're wondering if the bridge pickup has much/any impact, I gotta say, "Hell yeah!" When you solo the neck pickup, you get a classic, or pretty damn close to classic, Precision bass sound. But when you start adding the bridge in, you get a sound that another TB'er called "Jazz bass on steroids" sound, which is a pretty good assessment. It's growly, a little crunchy and, like FourBanger says, thunderous.

    As far as looks go, I also though it needed a little something…some pizzaz, something to make it a little more "Me!" (yeah…if you've seen me rant about this before, you know what's coming) So I swapped out the chrome screws for black ones and carefully attacked the white pinstripe of the pickguard with a red Sharpie permanent marker…and violá!

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    It was only after the fact that I realized, as many others have commented as well, that it looks very reminiscent of the '60s Batmobile, or as drummer5359 called it; The Adam West Signature Edition. And y'know what? I'm cool with that! :D
     
  16. 1stnamebassist

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    I may have to check one of these out! Looks like it would sound killer!
     
  17. Major Softie

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    I think I know why. Something about it just feels like a great Photoshop paste-up.
     
  18. Snakeman1066

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    if it had a maple board or a maple board with blocks i would own one....seriously what has fender got against maple boards?...lol or matching head-stocks for that matter?
     
  19. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

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    I don't think they have anything against them. Maybe they just want you to work for it?

    http://www.fender.com/store/necks/
     
  20. HelpImaRock

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    that's part of it. i think my desire to mod it even before trying it is also keeping me away. who knows what you'll find on CL for stupid cheap though. :bag:
     
  21. Snakeman1066

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    lol if you look through their catalog you will see many more rosewood boards than maple..

    they should offer an either/or option from the factory...

    that or a trade in plan...lol
     

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