Can a Jazz Bass get me this tone?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Salamenster, Apr 15, 2012.

  1. Salamenster

    Salamenster Guest

    Apr 8, 2012
    European Mainland
  2. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    There are about 1,000 talkbass threads on "precision sound from a jazz." The most common suggestions, in order of expense: roll off the bridge pickup volume, install a series/parallel switch for the pickups, convert JJ to PJ.

    That being said, the best thing to do is watch that video carefully and pay attention to the player's technique. You'll notice how relaxed his right hand is. You could probably get a similiar sound on any bass with flatwounds and a light touch. :)
  3. Salamenster

    Salamenster Guest

    Apr 8, 2012
    European Mainland
    How difficult is it to make a JJ a PJ? I've been thinking about that option?

    Would that become very expensive?
  4. Well, you'd have to route the body for the P pu, install said pickup and obtain a Jazz pickguard with a P - sized hole. Probably a $200-300 operation if a luthier does it (?).
  5. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    Depends how good you are with a router whether you pay just parts or parts+labor. :)

    Or just go to Rondo Music website and get a P for $109 to see if you like it.

    Anyway you NEED flatwounds to get the sound in that video, you won't get it by switching basses unless you have the right strings for the job.
  6. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Difficult, futile and expensive and destroys the value of the instrument.

    If you must have a P/J just buy one.

    If you want a Jazz to sound like a Precision, do the obvious:

    Flats, neck pickup only, play between the neck and pickup, turn down the tone a bit.

    It's what I do.
  7. Salamenster

    Salamenster Guest

    Apr 8, 2012
    European Mainland
    Hmm, I like the ideas. You guys have really given me food for tought. I really appreciate it.

    Anyways, as you might have noticed, I'm the same guy from the "EB-0 vs P"-thread, but I didn't think anyone was going to reply to it, and then someone replied, at the same moment that I submitted this one. xD

    Thanks guys, my plans for the next two years are as followed (I think):

    -Buy a nice MIM P and put some TI flats on it.
    -Maybe switch the neck of my current jazz, to increase playability (right now it kinda sucks) and leave the rounds on it (in case you still need clarity/brightness, to keep the J-sound).

    Thanks guys, you've really helped me a lot!
  8. Duke21


    Nov 14, 2010
    Narvik, Norway
  9. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    If you want a P bass tone, get yourself a P bass. :D
  10. Robertjoel

    Robertjoel Guest

    Jan 5, 2012
    North Carolina
    The closest you could get with a jazz(without modifying it) would be soloing the neck pickup and rolling tone knob off a bit
  11. danielfnj96

    danielfnj96 Guest

    Jan 29, 2012
    NJ, USA
    no it'll be similar but the bottom on a j will never be that fat