Differences betwenn a p-bass and a jazz bass????

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by iamyourslayer, Dec 5, 2005.

  1. iamyourslayer


    Dec 5, 2005
    Hello, to begin with I'm completely new with the subject, but I would like to learn to play bass, so I want to
    buy one. I've made some research and I am quite confused about the differences between the p-bass and the jazz-bass.
    If someone would tell me the difeerences at the sound and the way of playing I would be gratefull.
    I know that this depends on the music, but from my research to what kind of gear have my favourite bands, I got
    only more confused :meh: ! As they are using both kind of basses..
    The music that is interesting to me is kind of:
    The Cure, smashing pumpkins, placebo, radiohead, pearl jam, joy division, lacrimosa, deine lakaien, deus,
    smiths and stuff like that. So I'm not interesting on classic rock or thrash-black-grind-death metal..

    Thank you.
  2. J basses are lighter and have thinner necks so are usually easier to play

    They both have different sounds, P basses are warmer, deeper, and J basses tend to have a bit more of a high end and growl to them

    However, you could always go crazy and get a P/J bass which would give you bits of both worlds

    Fender type basses are not the only one out thier, you should also check into Ibanez, Peavey and Aria basses, im sure other people will add more to the list
  3. macahan


    Mar 22, 2005
    Karlstad, Sweden
    seems like this question comes up frequently.. there should be a sticky about it..
  4. I'm not sure, but I think there was a post just like this two or three days ago....

    .... Search, my friend
  5. TheAmpNerd


    Apr 25, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
    I have a 22 Fret Jazz bass.

    I'm LOOKING to buy an early to mid 70s P bass
    in the lighter swamp ash or alder body.
    Maple neck or rosewood.

    Anyone care to thin their herd?

    I don't have GAS but would like
    to add my first P Bass to my stable. :hyper:
  6. iamyourslayer


    Dec 5, 2005
    Thanx i_got_a_mohawk
    FaithNoMan I did search and I didn't find any, so if you could paste the link it woulb nice.
  7. iamyourslayer


    Dec 5, 2005
    OK I found it!

    Thanx anyway
  8. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    For me, this is how it goes-

    A jazz is a sexy lady.
    A precision is a burly man.

    While I can appreciate the virtues of a muscular fellow, I'd much rather be touching a sexy lady.
  9. FeelTheGroove


    Dec 2, 2005
    Depends on the tone you are looking for...

    Precision has thicker low end than the jazz. A Gritty, thumpy, powerhouse tone that is often imitated but rarely matched.

    Jazz has a more trebley tone, a bit more versatile than the Precision and better for slap bass in my opinion. Very smooth, balanced tone with both pickups on full, but roll off the neck pickup and you get some sweet midrange growl that you cant really nail with the Precision.

    Both are fantastic basses, I own a jazz but im saving for a Precision so I can have the best of both worlds. They are that good.