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Basses with single coils that aren't Jazz basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Selios, Jul 19, 2012.

  1. Hey everybody,

    I'm looking to complete my "holy trinity" of basses. Currently I own a Fender American Standard Precision bass, obviously for the P tone, and an Ibanez ATK300 for the humbucker/active electronics kind of tones. I love them both and they do their jobs fantastically.

    I also own a cheap jazz bass copy which has a great tone and does the job of a jazz apart from my other basses fairly well, but over time I have come to realize that I completely and totally hate the feel and ergonomics of Jazz basses...

    So, to help me round out my collection, can you guys help me find some basses that do the Fender Jazz thing without actually being physically similar to a Fender Jazz?

    Basically, it would just have to have single coil pickups and a different body style. And passive electronics! In my opinion that is key to the true Jazz tone. So far the only ones I can think of are the Warwick Pro Series Passive Corvette (which seems awesome) and the G&L JB-2 (ehhh....)

  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Look for a Peavey Foundation with Super Ferrite pickups. It gets a great Jazz sound without the Jazz look. For a five string, get a first generation TL-5 with Super Ferrites too. It is active, but the active circuit can be bypassed and the treble control turns into a passive tone control when the bass is in passive mode.
  3. Dave the Bass

    Dave the Bass

    Sep 11, 2011
    Carvin LB20........2 single coils, vol, vol, tone, neck-through construction, super comfortable to play.
  4. CORBS


    Dec 28, 2010
    Hamer Cruise basses, Yamaha BBNE, RBXA-2, and others in the BB series from the 90s, Warwick SS1 and SSII series, Ibanez SGRs with the Nordy Big Singles.

    When people usually talk about getting Fender things done without looking like a Fender they talk about Lakland basses.
  5. Squier P5
  6. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Can't say it sounds exactly like a Jazz, (better, IMO) but the Lakland Decade fits your criteria.
  7. mech

    mech Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2008
    Meridian, MS, USA
    ^^^^This. Not much $$$ and easy to flip if you don't like it.

  8. Blues Bass 2

    Blues Bass 2 Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2001
    Davenport Iowa
    Carvin SB4000 . Can be ordered with passive electronics I think but even the standard active electronics can be used in the passive mode with two volumes and a tone control . I'd say a Carvin B50 , I just got one and it has a great passive tone like the SB4000 but it has a body somewhat like a Jazz so it wouldn't work for what you want .
  9. woodyng


    Dec 19, 2007
    Oregon coast
    Any number of Yamaha basses with a p-j pickup configuration. And if you are going for something different with single coils,there's always a Ric 4000 series. Danelectro basses sound really great too for low $.
  10. RedMoses


    Jul 4, 2012
    I had a 1997 Corvette, in the early 2000's, gotta say i miss that Bass and i have had a few Neck Through Thumbasses since, as well as several high end J style bassses. I put EMG's in it and it sounded fantastic, relatively light weight looks cool. My only gripe with Warwick and basses with more than 21 frets is you have to reach for the lower register and i spend most of my time there, so... If you prefer to play in the 2nd position, Wick's are very comfortable.

    With Warwick, as with most corporate instruments, the earlier the better.
  11. pudgychef

    pudgychef In Memoriam

    Jan 22, 2005
    Chongqing, China
    Godin Shifter has 3 single coils -

  12. TRichardsbass

    TRichardsbass Banned Commercial User

    Jun 3, 2009
    Between Muscle Shoals and Nashville
    Bassgearu, Music Industry Consulting and Sales. Tech 21, NBE Corp, Sonosphere.
    My newest bass, the J. Backlund Design JBD-800B bass. Here is a link to my NBD thread with more pics.


    This is a USA Custom shop bass. Three Seymour Duncan Basslines single coils. Two Hot For Single Coil P Bass SCPB-2 pickups and one Quarter Pound for Single Coil P Bass SCPB-3, calibrated to Backlund specs.

    The best way to get on is the J. Backlund Design Retronix series, that are available pre-sale for $500 here:


    You can't go wrong. These basses will be the same design but with some differences as mine is custom. I played the prototype Retronix at NAMM and the guitar was killer!


    Attached Files:

  13. Any Ric.
  14. Randyt

    Randyt RAAPT Custom Wood Productions

    Jul 21, 2010
    Barrie, Canada
    Take a look at Fbass...killer sound and playability
  15. I agree with RandyT... F Basses are really something to hear and play. I just bought myself a BNF 6 but my other axe is a Yamaha TRB 6IIP which I totally enjoy also.... :hyper:
  16. +1 I have this bass and it does the Fender Jazz thing quite well.
  17. bigmuff113


    Jul 4, 2012
    San Antonio
    Look into the old 50s style P Basses

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