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Budget P basses with a jazz neck?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by jessicabass, Jun 4, 2014.


  1. jessicabass

    jessicabass

    Dec 22, 2009
    ohio
    Was wondering if there was any makes of p basses with jazz necks on the cheap side used or new?
    Something in the <$300 range.
     
  2. Belgand

    Belgand

    Aug 25, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    The Ibanez GSR200 is a good option. It's a P/J rather than a straight P and the neck, while very slim, still has a slightly larger radius than a J (305mm vs. 241 mm on the J, about 2.5"). They sound good for the money and are very cheap. New they're $200 and I bought one used with a practice amp, gig bag, strap, and cable for $100 a few years back. In general they're widely available used for $100-150.
     
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2014
  3. The older Squier Standard P/J is a Jazz neck (1.5 nut) as is the Eva Gardner P Bass, look for a used one of either.
     
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  4. dabbler

    dabbler

    Aug 17, 2007
    Bowie, MD
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2014
  5. Just build a parts bass. Lots of options on eBay.
     
  6. Maxdusty

    Maxdusty

    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    If you can find one, how about a Fender JP-90. They usually sell for about $300 used. MIA Fender with slim jazz bass neck, not to mention super light too. P/J pickups and funky looking pickguard. These sound better than any MIM Fenders out there.
    Okay, that might be too hard to find. :)

    There are also Peavey Milestone basses.
    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass...0@ADL4MF-adType^PLA-device^c-adid^47838566427

    This Peavey Zodiac might be hard to find, but I've seen them used http://www.guitarcenter.com/Peavey-...-4-String-Electric-Bass-110086091-i3774347.gc
     
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  7. Malak the Mad

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

    Sorry to say, but no, the Affinity PJ's have a Precision-sized neck. I was very excited when they were announced, until I saw the neck dimensions. (not my preference)

    +1 to that!

    Although they've been discontinued for a handful of years, the Squier Standard P-Bass Special can still be found for a price well within your budget. Check out Guitar Center's used database, eBay or Craigslist.
     
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  8. macmanlou

    macmanlou Don't push it. Just let it fall. Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Washington, DC Area
    The Squier VM Jaguars have slim necks and several of them are P/Js, if you don't mind the body shape (they're a bit neck-heavy). Dirt cheap and plentiful.

    The Eva Gardner is $300. It's a fairly new model, so it may be hard to find used. Worth trying out - to see if you really like the slim neck on a conventional Precision body and PU.

    If that's you and your Fender P Bass in your avatar, you could easily get a Jazz neck for it.
     
  9. jessicabass

    jessicabass

    Dec 22, 2009
    ohio
    Thank you all for the suggestions :)
     
  10. jessicabass

    jessicabass

    Dec 22, 2009
    ohio
    Love the look of the GSR200M. I like the maple.
    Do you own one or have played one?
    It says 41mm nut, i think that is 1 5/8 though
     
  11. :thumbsup: I won't part with mine...right?:thumbsup:
    goldmember2.
     
  12. jessicabass

    jessicabass

    Dec 22, 2009
    ohio
    Wow! No offense but that is one ugly pickguard lol
     
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  13. again...right?:thumbsup: LOL I have a terrible tort/pearl fetish...*shrug*
     
  14. Belgand

    Belgand

    Aug 25, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    You're totally right. I have no idea what I was thinking there. Removed.

    Well, the current MIA Jazz neck is listed on Fender's site as being 38.1 mm at the nut, so not quite, but close; 1.61 inches vs the Jazz's 1.5 inches.

    I own and older (2002), passive model and have played it for many years as my primary bass. It's very light (7.4 lbs according to my bathroom scale right now) and I used to use it with a cheap 2" guitar strap without any strain. The neck is fast and easy to play although I found that when I've played them in the shop I prefer a proper Jazz neck even more, although that might just come down to even the MIM Jazz being a nicer instrument. Frets are well-dressed on my model. The electronics are pretty crappy though and I always had trouble getting high pitched hum from mine that I wouldn't get with other instruments and that persisted with different amps at other locations. If I rolled off the tone knob or the bridge pick-up (J-style) it went away. The pots also tended to have a low range; if you tried to go too low with the volume it would just sort of turn off rather than go lower. Sustain wasn't incredible, but that's to be expected with a light instrument that doesn't have the best-fit neck. It always had a sound and playability that was acceptable, but I felt it might be a good bit better with a nicer setup except it wasn't really worth the cost.

    I just replaced it this week with a G&L L2000, but even though that's a lot nicer I'm not getting rid of the Ibanez. It's clearly a cheap bass, but it plays better than I would expect for the very low price. I'm already missing how slim it was.

    One thing is that even with the P pickup at the bridge it will not sound entirely like a P bass. Or, at least, mine didn't. If I were to go into the shop and play even an MIM P the tone is deeper with more of the characteristic growl. Try out a bunch of these suggestions before making a decision. They're all pretty easy to find and GC caters heavily to entry-level instruments and Fenders.
     
  15. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The Peavey Fury has a neck like a Peavey Foundation which is even thinner than a Jazz.
     
  16. jessicabass

    jessicabass

    Dec 22, 2009
    ohio
    Totally forgot about the peavey fury/foundation.
    Never gave much thought to the foundation thinking it would sound like a jazz bass.
     
  17. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The Foundation does sound like a Jazz unless it is a Foundation S, which is a P/J model. The Fury is a P-bass, but it has the traditional super slim Peavey neck.
     
  18. cv115505

    cv115505 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2012
    Pittsburgh
    MJC Ironworks
    P Bass w/ Jazz neck... I really think the late 80s Peavey stuff already mentioned will be your best option hands down in that price range. You also may be able to score a G&L SB1/SB2 in the $300 neighborhood if you do enough digging. If you find a used Tribute Series SB2, it'd likely be in your range. You could find a USA SB series for that amount as well, though it would likely have some "character."
     
  19. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

    Yep- Peavey Fury - very slim fast neck and ballsy sound. Also the Squier P-Bass special P/J - VERY good good value for $100-150 used.
     

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