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All things being equal, which is lighter, a P or a J?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassrique, Jul 3, 2008.

  1. Yeah, another P v J thread - sorry. :scowl: We haven't had one in a couple days.

    Anyway, a P and a J, made of the same wood [same tree], no pickups or anything, just the bare body. I'm asking because I read somewhere the other day that a P would be lighter.

  2. Maybe by a 1/4 of an ounce? :D
  3. P is a slightly larger body....bit less shaping...
  4. At a four hour outdoor gig on a hot day?

    "Man, if this bass was only a 1/4 of an ounce lighter"
  5. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    The answer is Yes.

    Check the bass weight spreadsheet I developed from submissions in this forum.

    Attached Files:

  7. My hair feels like it weighs 10 lbs on a four hour outdoor gig on a hot day. :D
  8. Darn, I don't have Microsoft Excel.

    Anybody wanna check for me please?
  9. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    Check out openoffice.org

    You can download a free spreadsheet application that reads/writes Excel files. :)
  10. Fun Size Nick

    Fun Size Nick

    Feb 21, 2006
    London, UK
    Speaking as someone who has both...the J body is actually the slightly larger one, so all things being equal, the J would be heavier. That said, all things are hardly ever equal ;)
  11. Kenny Allyn

    Kenny Allyn

    Mar 25, 2006
    The J bass is slightly larger and I generally find they weigh on the average about 1/2 lb more.


    This pair is at about the minimal weight you find both of these basses ... the 1968 P bass is 8lbs and the 1973 Jazz 8.5lbs.

    :) ... I'm sure they're are some lighter ones but most weigh somewhat more than this pair.
  12. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    If all things were equal wouldn't weight be one of those things that was equal so they'd weigh the same?

  13. bongomania

    bongomania Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
    Some things are more equal than others.
  14. I have a P and I have a J and I know the P bass is taller..I just held both at the same time and it seems the J bass is a wee bit heavier, but not by much.
  15. GeddyisGod

    GeddyisGod Four on the floor and nothing more!

    Feb 4, 2004
    Moberly, MO
    I have a H-One P and a Geddy J. The P is much lighter.
  16. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Jazz Basses are heavier than Precisions in my experiences. I can usually stand a Precision on my shoulder, but not a Jazz. I'm told that the AmStd's Jazzes are much lighter than they used to be, but they're still considerably heavier than Precisions IMHO. My shoulder doesn't lie. Shame...I love a good Jazz, but I had to sell my 98 Jazz because I just couldn't stand to wear it for longer than a half hour.
  17. wave rider

    wave rider

    Jan 5, 2005
    I've got a P and a J, both MIM; the J is noticeably heavier. The J was made a few years before the P. Both very fun.