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Fender Jazz Bass--Coaxing Out a Precision Tone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ch willie, Jan 8, 2014.

  1. ch willie

    ch willie

    Sep 2, 2012
    I'm a longtime Ric player, so when I bought my first Fender bass a year ago, I had a hard time deciding between the Jazz and Precision.

    The smaller nut width and neck, the versatility of tones, the history of the Jazz Bass--all of these things prompted me to choose the Jazz Bass.

    One day, I'll buy a Fender Precision Bass to do what the Jazz Bass cannot.

    But for now, I've figured out a way to set the EQ on my amp so that I can get that classic percussive thud of the Precision.. Of course, I can't get the panoply of tones a Precision can get, but I've gotten close to one of the tones I like best.

    Don't get me wrong. I'm glad I chose the Jazz Bass. I know that one day, I'll have to buy it a Precision to hang out with.
  2. mrb327

    mrb327 Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2013
    Nobody Knows
    You might want to consider a push pull switch and wire it to also go in series as well as parallel. A Jazz makes a mighty thump in series
  3. Ric5

    Ric5 SUSPENDED Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jan 29, 2008
    I convert 4 string Rickenbackers to 5 string basses.
    solo the neck pickup to get the classic 50s single coil p-bass tone.
  4. Troph


    Apr 14, 2011
    Kirkland, WA
    Yeah, frankly I think this is an under-appreciated mod. I'm definitely going this route on my next Jazz wiring project.
  5. fabubass


    Jan 13, 2006
    The S-1 switch, that were on Jazz's a few years ago, were awesome. Don't know why they discontinued those.
  6. oldcatfish


    Jan 8, 2011
    Also, some pickups are much more capable of pulling off a somewhat convincing p bass tone. The Dimarzio model j neck pickup solo'd for instance.
  7. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Agreed 100% on the SI switch - I have them on both of my Jazz basses, and they pretty much stay in series...

    - georgestrings
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I find the J's bi-pole pickup sounds significantly different than the SCPB's single pole pickup, especially in the initial attack.
  9. nysbob


    Sep 14, 2003
    Cincinnati OH
    When I first started playing fenders, a spent a year or two trying to get my jazz to sound like a P bass, then I started carving them up and installing P pickups (later fender would do it and call it the Stu Hamm) in between the J's. When they started making P/Js in earnest, my troubles were over.
  10. M.R. Ogle

    M.R. Ogle Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 5, 2004
    Mount Vernon, Illinois
    Backstage Guitar Lab owner
  11. Mike M.

    Mike M.

    Feb 14, 2010
    One of these days I might try this on one Jazz bass in particular that I own. I have a mutt of a '73 that in addition to a new neck has a set of Seymour Duncan Antiquity II's. Of the four Jazz basses I own this one has the "lightest" sound to it. It's really a great sound on it's own and I do like the tones it provides. But compared to my other Jazz basses it's on the weak side as far as output.

    On the other side, when compared to my other Jazz basses I think (in my very humble opinion) that when solo'd, the SD neck pickup does the best job of approximating a P bass tone. I also think that when the bridge pickup is solo'd that it does the best approximation of a Jaco-type tone when compared to my other Jazz basses.

    So as it stands it does have it's strong points despite the output being a bit weaker compared to the others.
  12. Did this to a jazz fretless a few years back. One of the best (not to mention one of the cheapest) mods I've done to that axe. Nice thing is no one notices the mod (visually) to ask "what's that switch for" questions.
  13. ch willie

    ch willie

    Sep 2, 2012
    Great mod suggestion. It's something to think about.
  14. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Can anybody point me at a wiring diagram that incorporates an S1 switch AND has Master Volume/Blend/Tone, instead of VVT?