Basic Questions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by EmbraceThePengu, Jan 22, 2004.

  1. EmbraceThePengu


    Jan 18, 2004
    Hello all again :)

    I have a pretty basic question for most of you, but it's something that has been on my mind for a while.

    What is the difference between a P bass, J bass, and some of the others out there. What are they and how do they differ from one another.

    This is something that I should have asked my music instructor when I was in school (back in the Stone age :D), but I never did.


  2. Joe Turski

    Joe Turski

    Jul 29, 2003
    Hi Joe, welcome to TB!

    This is more of a bass question, so off to basses! :)
  3. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    To answer the "whats the difference..." question, do a search in this forum. You'll find the answer quite easily. Sound wise, the p bass is more punchy and thumpy, while the jazz bass is more trebly and growly.
  4. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    Also be sure to check out the "Newbie FAQ" that's linked in my signature. ;)
  5. EmbraceThePengu


    Jan 18, 2004
    Awesome... Thanks for the replies and the references :)

    Much Appreceated!!!

  6. In general, the P bass is known for a wider or chunkier neck and has one single coil pickup, which is close to the neck, giving a more chunkie, thumpy sound.

    The Jazz Bass has two single coil pickups, one next to the bridge and one up close to the neck, these pickups are brighter and the neck is thinner.

    There is a thread here about P and J basses. Check it out.

    P or J......which one?