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Copping this tone: Jazz vs Precision

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by ghoulbug, Sep 27, 2010.

  1. This has been a nit-picky little pet peeve of mine for a while, now. It's a short clip taken from an anime, and since what you hear doesn't always match what you see (eg. they did not hire a bunch of japanese, high-school girls for this), my brain is pretty much baffled when I try to figure out what kind of bass is making this tone.

    So far, my best guess is that it's a 60's jazz bass with jumbo frets and roundwound strings, plus some added overdrive/distortion. However, I've always gotten pm's swearing it is indeed a P-bass that's making the tone.

    Here's the clip in question anyways:

    Is my hearing failing me? If it is indeed a Precision, I will smash my own head open with a Rickenbacker.
  2. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    Sure as hell sounds like a P to me.

    You can tell the fret size on a recording?
  3. precision punk

    precision punk

    Mar 15, 2009
    Sounds like a P but when he digs in around :02 it sounds like a jazz bass.
  4. You guys are killin' me here.
    like literally. I'm really going to smash myself if it's not a jazz.
  5. bwest9


    Apr 14, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Sounds like a jazz to me.
  6. InLeoWeTrust


    Nov 11, 2009
    Deep lows plus glassy top = Jazz. I don't hear the "added overdrive/distortion," just the guy (or gal) digging in.

    "Jumbo frets" = you've listened to this clip WAAAAYYYY too many times!!! ;)
  7. Jibudo


    Mar 13, 2010
    Porto, Portugal
    Seems like a jazz with rounds. No overdrive, just hard playing.
  8. zenrad

    zenrad Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    Bergen County, NJ

    I was thinking that also.
    What does a large fret sound like?
  9. jeremyr


    Sep 4, 2006
    Maywood, IL
    am I the only one who noticed that there are 5 tuning pegs that have string on them but the bridge only has 5 strings?
  10. Jazz. Has to be.
  11. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    Hmm, listened again and I do hear a lot of growl, does sound like a J.

    I'm so easily influenced...
  12. So much compression on the clip it is hard to hear what the heck it is. Sounds like a J to me...
  13. GregBass1979


    Feb 26, 2008
    100% sure it's a jazz...maybe 60% neck and 40% bridge, EQ'd with + low-mids
  14. yeah just compared it to a j on youtube, with some comp and shiz, im convinced that its a j bass

    though just had a brain snap, it could also be one of those Active Special Jazz basses with the p pickup?!?
  15. dannster


    Aug 20, 2000
    :confused: What?:confused:
  16. Marton


    Sep 20, 2005
    Not a 5th tuner, it's a string tree.

    The clip is Jazz Bass for sure. Or my two P basses sounds completely wrong.
  17. zenrad

    zenrad Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2009
    Bergen County, NJ
    Or maybe it's just about anything run through modeling software.
  18. LDonnie


    Aug 3, 2008
    Sounds like a Jazz 100% to me. Maybe having the neck pickup favored a wee bit.
    I can rest easy knowing I actually had some ears!

    Although it's completely irrational, I'm disappointed to know that the animation studio tried to pull a fast one on us.

    Now that the magic is gone, I guess I'll go find my own tastes instead of trying to copy the next bass hero's style...
  20. CapnSev


    Aug 19, 2006
    Coeur d'Alene
    Absolutely jazz. Not even a hint of P bass in that tone.
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