Why is the Fender jazz bass more expensive than the precision?

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  1. jazzonlyjazz

    jazzonlyjazz

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    It can't be that much of a difference that it has to be a few bucks more expensive (the jazz).

    Why is that?
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    It has an extra pickup, which requires extra routing as well.
  3. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

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    ... and they're just better basses.
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    They are to some. I prefer the Precision but I do like those Jazz necks and sometimes I like having a rear pickup. Hate the extra weight, though.
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  6. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User Supporting Member

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    Price identical or even comparable aftermarket parts out, and the $50 cost difference that Fender asks is a relative bargain.
  7. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker

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    And we must remember that one can never own TOO many P basses...
  8. boristhespider9

    boristhespider9

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    It must be the chrome control plate... which Fender still has difficulty aligning perfectly with the pickguard.
  9. wild4oldcars

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    extra pup, extra pot, extra rout that has to be clean (not bathtub like some neck routs), more shaving on the neck, marketed to the public as more tonally diverse than the precision
  10. Kmonk

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    All of this also equals higher labor cost.
  11. pfox14

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    I was looking at Musician's Friend and don't really see a difference in the price of a P vs. a J. What am I missing.
  12. knumbskull

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    J basses are for fancy aristocrats in frilly shirts. P basses are for hand-handed workers in grimy overalls. Obviously.
  13. Dbt25677

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    Because they're better :bag:

    for srs: two pickups, more (sexy) contours and it has 3 unusual letters (J Z and Z).
  14. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

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    In general, the Jazz is regarded as a more evolved instrument—in form, ergonomics, and tone.
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    eyeballkid Supporting Member

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    Would you rather toke a J, or take a P?
  16. Malak the Mad

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

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    Well fine! I'll just pack up my frilly shirt (must be careful not to crease the poofy sleeves), tuck my pantaloons into my knee-high riding boots and mope back home to my be-tapestried castle where I shall agonize for hours over some bi-polar Lord Byron poetry while playing melancholic Morrisey tunes to the Lady In The Moon with my fruity Jazz bass! :spit:
  17. jazzonlyjazz

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    MIM Precision is 579.99
    MIM Jazz is 599.99
  18. JTE

    JTE Supporting Member

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    So, $20C difference at retail for an additional pickup, the extra pot, wires, and routing? That's so small as to be meaningless! 3.3%

    John
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  20. faulknersj

    faulknersj Gold Supporting Member

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    They cost more to manufacture. It's that simple.
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    ^ This made me laugh :D

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