fender p-bass vs strat body size

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ric5, Jul 20, 2021.

  1. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    The Fender p-bass body and the Fender strat-o-caster are similar bodies with very different routings.

    How close in size are they? I assume the p-bass body is bigger.

    I want to do a 5 string fender strat-o-caster bass maybe 34" scale and I was thinking a p-bass body with a strat style pickguard may do the trick.
  2. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
    I think the horns are shaped a little different


  3. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses

  4. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    A little detour: I think I read once that the P-bass was the first production musical instrument to have both an upper and lower horn. This was even before the Strat (obviously). Can anyone confirm this?
  5. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    Difficult to place the bodies exactly over each other due to the strings, but I tried my best.




  6. _Some Dude

    _Some Dude

    Sep 14, 2016
    Smaller body and shorter upper horn might produce some neck dive.
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses
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  8. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    Close enough for Rock & Roll :bassist:
  9. Oh no no no. The Fender marketing department will read this and will offer a Fender Stratobasster next year.
  10. 96tbird

    96tbird PLEASE STAND BY

  11. Clark W

    Clark W Just Say No To Tort! Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2018
    Fender's marketing department already missed that ship, it set sail without them. Fender was supposed to do a model with Stanley Clarke back in 2018/19, it never happened. So Stanley Clarke went to Luthier Thomas Lieber in Fly Creek, NY and they now offer a "Spellcaster" through Lieber Guitars and Lieber's online Reverb Shop. It's 30.5" scale though, not 34" and I'm not sure who it's built by. Lieber's instruments sell for more than the Spellcaster goes for. $1835 on Lieber's site, $1635 on his Reverb store.

    Stanley Clarke Spellcaster Bass - Lieber Guitars

    There's been a couple of TB'ers that grabbed one not long after they came out this year.

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  12. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    Landing Bass Guitars have been making strat basses for an even longer time. This pic is courtesy of their fb page.

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  13. nnnnnn


    Oct 27, 2018
    What is a Stratocaster bass? Three single-coil pickups and "tremolo" bridge, or...?

    (Incidentally, you know "Stratocaster" is one word, right?)
  14. Stempelloos


    Nov 3, 2008
    The Fender Classic Player Rascal Bass gets close to a Strat

    And Godin's Shifter Bass is more or less inspired by the Stratocaster.




    Ibanez made the JTKB300 Jet King Bass, which lends more towards Jaguar/Jazz master/Jazz Bass design.
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  15. crobasster


    Jun 16, 2009
    That Ibby looks delicious !
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  16. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    Except for the "body style" part.
  17. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Yeah, looks more Jag to my eye.
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  18. HaphAsSard


    Dec 1, 2013
    The first production instrument, yes.

    [First overall, no. Alas, rarely do purportedly Fender Firsts stay counted as legit Leo inventions upon closer scrutiny: he only introduced the extended-upper-horn double cutaway.

    Billy Byrd's solid-body electric guitar, by Paul Bigsby, 1949:
    Bigsby vs. Fender: The Merle Travis Guitar Story | Ledger Note
    THE UNIQUE GUITAR BLOG: Paul A. Bigsby; His Guitars and Inventions
    Bigsby Merle Travis Electric Guitar
    The Bigsby Files

    Also worth a look - not double-horned, but certainly a double cutaway -
    Vissenaire, early 19th century:
    vissenaire-in-case-wpetit-ca1820-jpg-jpg.jpg 2-jpg.jpg
    Builders of the early 19th Century
    Early Guitar,Romantic Guitar,Laprevotte,Staufer,Fabricatore,lacôte,Voboam,Panormo,expertise, ]
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  19. Topkat13

    Topkat13 Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2004
    They’re different.
  20. Or Bass VI, that looks like a Jag...


    Now as I think of it, the Bass VI is very Strat / Fender guitar like, besides the lower horn. You only have to angle the bridge pick-up. But two strings too many.
    Although I own one and love it.
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