Whats the deal with jazz basses?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by R0VER, Aug 12, 2012.


  1. R0VER

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    With all due respect, and having never owned a proper jazz bass, I'm curious to know what the big deal is with them?
    A lot of instrument makers seem to build these and I'm not sure what makes them so popular and special.
    Is there something special about their neck and body that makes them more jazz-esque? A lot of other types of basses do the job perfectly in my opinion, what about these gives them the right to this title?.
  2. THIRSTYGUMS

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    they are the original commercial success story, tonally, aesthetically, in build quality, for feel, affordable (debatable), leo fender did it first and did it right. Ive owned all kinds of basses and always just come back to my p and my jazz. The honky mid-rangey two single coil pickups cut through and stand out in a mix, excellent for jazz and for all kinds of other music
  3. THIRSTYGUMS

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    it was called a jazz bass in the 60's looong before we started trying to figure out what was the best bass for metal
  4. mellowinman

    mellowinman Perfect for Breaking the Ice at Naughty Parties Supporting Member

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    Me try many basses.

    Jazz bass feel good in hands, sound good through amp.

    Me done trying basses, say, "yes! Jazz bass GOOD!"

    Others not get same results each time.
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  6. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    Me agree.

    Two pickup good config.

    Me like mostly back.

    Bark bark bark.
  7. FunkyMan

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    It covers all the musical needs, except The White Stripes music!
  8. nostatic

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    Popular? Yes. Special? Not to me - I'm not into offset body shapes and don't particularly care for the pickup configuration. But lotsa people dig them. Different strokes.

    The basses are "jazz" in name only - nothing about them makes them especially good (or bad) for playing jazz.
  9. R0VER

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    I think a lot of pickup/preamps nowadays will get you that burpy tone, and then some too. More importantly, what's so great about the neck/bodies that they carry. Looks a bit monotonous, not sure how it feels. I've got a fender kingman acoustic bass with a 'jazz neck', and it's absolute rubbish.
  10. R0VER

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    Gotcha!
  11. mdogs

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    Another troll thread. If you don't like them, don't play them, no need to bash them here...:rollno:
  12. solderjunkie

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    Of course the covers are in the case now, but they looked a treat for "picture day" :D
  13. OOZMAN

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    I just dont understand why people think they look good either...

    How can someone say this

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    looks better than something like this

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    But.. to each his own... I have leant to accept peoples opinions, and accept I will! :D :hyper:
  14. williamk

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    like you said OP, you never owned a proper j-bass...
    once you do, then we'll talk ;)
  15. R0VER

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    I genuinely asked a set of questions at the start of the thread. I don't think I would have bothered much with that if I just want to 'bash them here'. Please have a look at the original post before making claims.
  16. solderjunkie

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    The old Jazz looks like wood, and wood feels comfy to most players. The new bass looks like molded plastic... cold and sterile
  17. Mike M.

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    I've got three of them. A "mutt" of a '73, a VM fretless and an AM STD 5 string. They can grind, they can growl or sound smooth and can cover a lot of ground.
  18. RobJ

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    Now that's a fair visual comparison eh? A well worn or perhaps beat up Jazz vs a pristine... err.. what ever that is.

    I'm not really a Fender guy but a nice Jazz is a pleasure to play.
  19. R0VER

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    This is true. I personally prefer basses with 24 frets. However am still contemplating a new bass and thought I'd ask since this is a community you know, and without getting personal it would've been nice to just get some plain old advice and notions cleared.
  20. otherclef

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    I guess awesome musicians and builders secretly decided, years ago... to make the Fander Jazz bass a popular model/design.
    EVENTHOUGH the bass and design had no special qualities that would give it such a title without the conspiracy.
  21. sratas

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    a true classic, versatile, dynamic, rough, woody, simple, fits every music and many players.
    An advice. you owned a jazz.... Not all jazzes are created equal. In the last month I tried a bunch of MIA Fenders, Squiers, Laklands. None of them sounded equal, the great differencies were amongst MIA Fenders, sometimes night and day tonal differencies. Many say that you have to search for a good jazz from all those you have the venture to try, I think that it's true IF you have discriminating ear and know the instrument.

    As others have said, it's by far the best bass for metal, even without the metal ashtrays and metal pickguard :)


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