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Fender Jazz , Fender Precision

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by LittleHetzel, Oct 12, 2001.


  1. LittleHetzel

    LittleHetzel

    Aug 15, 2001
    hey,
    i am not TOTALLY new to bass, but pretty much ,, yea, i am. so, bascially, if anyone could give me a summary of the main differences between a Fender Jazz Bass and a Fender Precision Bass? all i know, is that there are different pickups ( but as far as i know, they should make the same sound...why wouldn't they?) and the jazz has different body shape. If you could give me some info, that would be pretty cool.




    I have a Fender/Squier Affinity P-bass
    just thought i would let you know

    JON
     
  2. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    umm, they are two totally different basses. Different bodies, different necks, and yes, different pickups do sound different. (I think I used the word "different" way too much here:rolleyes: )

    Go to your local music store, and play one of each. You should immediately notice that there are significant differences between the two.
     
  3. flipperwhite

    flipperwhite

    Jul 12, 2001
    usa
    there both non-Spector basses,your request does not compute:confused:
     
  4. steve2

    steve2

    Sep 23, 2001
    Piney Flats, TN
    The j bass has a slimmer neck for faster playing and with the 2 pickups there are a volume for each pickup and there are 1 tone control. So you can get a wider variety of sounds. P bass 1 volume 1 tone more bottom. But for my J bass it has enough bottom.

    Steve
     
  5. Old Blue

    Old Blue

    Mar 18, 2000
    Texas
    As far as playability, the P neck is wider - good if you have thick fingers. The J neck is narrower - better for faster playing. As far as tone, the J is growlier (more mids) and the P is thumpier (more lows). In terms of looks, they have different bodies and it's just a matteer of personal preference. The J is kinda unique. The P looks like a large Strat.
     
  6. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    Geez, flipperwhite... who appointed you the Spector Messiah?

    I saw your little comments at the end of my post in the "For Sale" area..

    http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=27671

    Let us have our fun with fenders!


    P@
    :D
     
  7. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    Fender Precision Bass:
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    Fender Jazz Bass:
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    The differences between the p and the j are in the neck, the body, and the pickups. everything else is pretty much the same.

    The Precision Bass was the first ever electric bass guitar. The Fender Stratocaster was modeled after the body design of the P Bass! Just a little trivia... The P Bass has a wider neck than the J around the first few frets and the nut. It also has a single humbucking "split coil" pickup that produces deep, punchy tones.

    The Jazz bass was made many years later than the P Bass and has a thinner neck and 2 single coil pickups. These pickups will hum if you solo them, because they arent wired as humbucking pickups. (but noiseless J Bass pups are available) You have to turn them both on to cancel out the 60 cycle hum. The J Bass is known for its smooth "growly" and more midrangey sound. It also has a different body shape, with an "offset waist"

    that is everything you ever wanted to know about Fender Basses :D
     
  8. flipperwhite

    flipperwhite

    Jul 12, 2001
    usa
    ok,but just this once.....hum Spector messiah?.I kinda like that:)
     
  9. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Funny,i thought a p was more midrangey than a jazz.seeing as how the pickup is a spilt humbucker, and the fact that i can get more midrange out of it than a jazz, huh, maybe i did something wrong, anway. a jazz can get more diffrent tones than a P-Bass, the neck is thinner on a jazz bass. But even so, ill take a p over a jazz, very good picking sound. and in my experince, the p-bass is a little tougher than a jazz bass, as far as beating the crap out of it at every gig.
     
  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <marquee><font size=7 color=red>......I AM THE SPECTOR MESSIAH.............................BOW TO SPECTOR MESSAIH.............</font></marquee>

    I'm so full of SH!T. LOL:D
     
  11. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    bump
     
  12. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO

    Hey Nino, I might bow to you if you could spell "Messiah" correctly... Right now your just a cool dude with too many basses that I am envious of....

    ]<marquee><font size=7 color=red>NO KUDOS FOR NINO, YOU HAVE THE MARKET ON SADOWSKYS, FLIPPERWHITE IS SPECTOR MESSIAH...</font></marquee>


    :D

    P@
     
  13. LittleHetzel

    LittleHetzel

    Aug 15, 2001
    Hey

    Thanks guys,

    I am now informed on the difference between fender p-basses and fender j-basses. Thanks

    JON
     
  14. flipperwhite

    flipperwhite

    Jul 12, 2001
    usa
    this is so cool,I am e-mailing Sir Stewart right now.
     
  15. which is better of those two is better for punk?
     
  16. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    You're very welcome.
     
  17. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    Probably a P Bass... but theres no real answer to that. Either your a P Bass guy or a J Bass guy (or you hate Fenders)
     
  18. melvin

    melvin

    Apr 28, 2001
    Thats like the chicken and the egg question. Its up to your ears though.

    In mine the Jazz is better.
     
  19. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Fender Precision:
    Model Numbers: 019-3200 (rosewood)
    019-3202 (maple)
    Body: Non veneered alder or ash
    Neck: Graphite reinforced maple
    Fingerboard: Rosewood or maple (9.5" Radius/241 mm)
    Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
    Frets: 20 medium-jumbo
    Width at Nut: 1.625" (41.3 mm)
    Tuning Machines: Deluxe cast/open back
    Pickups: 1 American split-coil/bi-pole
    Controls: Volume, tone
    Pickguard: 3-ply parchment
    Bridge: String-through-body
    Unique Features Hand rolled fingerboard edges; highly detailed fret and nut treatment; straplock buttons
    Strings: Fender Super Bass 8250M PN# 073-8250-006 NPS .045, .065, .085, .110TW (taper-wound E)
    Accessories: Hard shell case, cable, strap, straplocks, polishing cloth; truss rod adjustment "T" wrench PN# 004-8693-000 (3/16" hex), saddle height adjustment wrench pn# 002-1109-000 (1/16" hex)

    Fender Jazz:
    Model Numbers: 019-3400 (rosewood)
    019-3402 (maple)
    Body: Non veneered alder or ash
    Neck: Graphite reinforced maple
    Fingerboard: Rosewood or maple (9.5" Radius/241 mm)
    Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
    Frets: 20 medium-jumbo
    Width at Nut: 1.500" (38 mm)
    Tuning Machines: Deluxe cast/open back
    Pickups: 2 American single-coil/bi-pole
    Controls: Volume, volume, tone
    Pickguard: 3-ply parchment
    Bridge: String-through-body
    Unique Features Hand rolled fingerboard edges; highly detailed fret and nut treatment; straplock buttons
    Strings: Fender Super Bass 8250M PN# 073-8250-006 NPS .045, .065, .085, .110TW (taper-wound E)
    Accessories: Hard shell case, cable, strap, straplocks, polishing cloth; truss rod adjustment "T" wrench PN# 004-8693-000 (3/16" hex), saddle height adjustment wrench pn# 002-1109-000 (1/16" hex)



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