Fender P Bass + Fender J Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassist_Ben, Mar 4, 2006.

  1. Hey,

    My friend is becoming a bass guitarist and she can't decide whether to get a Fender P Bass or A Fender J Bass, can i know whats the differnece or is one better?

  2. steve4765630


    Feb 27, 2006
    What style of music?

    P bass = serious low end, rude cut through can be bright or tubby

    J Bass = tight and punchy, focused sound, better for slap and solos
  3. Jazzin'

    Jazzin' ...Bluesin' and Funkin'

    There are plenty of threads in this forum for even more detail on both the J and the P. Try a search. Although it might not help because these two basses are too popular and a search will not be narrow enough.
  4. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
  5. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    They are both good and you cannot go wrong with either. Tell her to try both and chose the one that *feels* better to her.
  6. Good point. A PJ might be the way to go.

    Why does it have to be Fender?
  7. psi


    Mar 11, 2005
    New Jersey
    I suggest a Fender P-Bass Deluxe if she is set on Fender.
  8. flatwoundfender


    Feb 24, 2005
    I prefer a pbass, but either bass will do. It's mainly what sound she desires and if she doesn't have her sound in mind yet she should get which ever one plays best in her opinion. Both jazzes and p's a great basses and work for all styles. I'd recommend a pbass just because that's my personal preference.
  9. HMZ

    HMZ Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2003
    Also keep in mind a P bass has a wide neck and a Jazz has a narrow neck.
  10. anonymous278347457

    anonymous278347457 Guest

    Feb 12, 2005
    you could always get that stu hamm signature bass.

    2xJ and 1xP
  11. T-Funk


    Jul 2, 2005
    That is generally true. The American Deluxe P and American Deluxe J have the same neck, however. :D

  12. JayAmel

    JayAmel Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2002
    Aurillac, France
    Here's an affordable solution to the problem :


    1 P pickup + 1 J pickup (bridge) + thin J neck
    Tried one and it's an awesome bass.

    Hope this may help,
  13. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    No. You can't know the 'differnece'. Cause I said so.