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Good Jazz Bass.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TheBasicBassist, Mar 21, 2009.


  1. Keep Jaguar

    27.5%
  2. Trade Jaguar For Precision or Lakland (Specify, Prefer Passive Bass)

    62.5%
  3. Trade Jaguar For Other (Specify, Prefer Passive Bass)

    10.0%
  1. TheBasicBassist

    TheBasicBassist

    Jan 8, 2009
    Newark, DE
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
    This may be a dumb question, but..
    I play alot of jazz and right now the 2 basses I have,
    are a Rickenbacker and my Fender Jag modified with Voodoo Pickups.
    The Rick is perfect of course,
    but I was wondering for a solid jazz bass, because the single coil hums are killing me and I don't know if it's my amp or the actual bass/built in preamp that's causing problems..
    and I was just wondering if there are any other good basses for playing in a jazz setting, such as a precision or what not..
    (I've been playing mostly bop lately, as well as straight jazz-blues)
     
  2. MarkusBass

    MarkusBass

    Feb 24, 2008
    California Coast
    Graphic Designer: Lakland
    Lakland Skyline 44-02, Lakland Skyline 55-02, Lakland US 4-94's and 55-94's are great basses for jazz. The LH3 pre is very versatile, and can do about anything.
     
  3. Precision with flats and a mute would do wonders for an upright sound.
     
  4. TheBasicBassist

    TheBasicBassist

    Jan 8, 2009
    Newark, DE
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
    i think right now, one of my turns offs with the jaguar is the preamp.
    do you have any suggestions for a straight-passive bass? would a precision sounds alright? or would that be too muddy of a tone, when it comes to play something as quickly as Charlie Parkers 'Confirmation' or 'Donna Lee'.
     
  5. TheBasicBassist

    TheBasicBassist

    Jan 8, 2009
    Newark, DE
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
    thats what i was thinking sundance. i fell in love with an american pbass the other day. but i don't want to abandon the jaguar if i'm not going to be able to get a good jazzy tone out of it.
     
  6. Roll up your tone knob. I've never had an issue with a good Precision getting "muddy".

    Never had an opportunity to play with a Jaguar. Throw flats on it? Or those "Tru Bass" strings that Rotosound makes.
     
  7. Blake Bass

    Blake Bass Supporting Member

    Jan 10, 2006
    Montgomery, Texas
    Upright!!
     
  8. TheBasicBassist

    TheBasicBassist

    Jan 8, 2009
    Newark, DE
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
    i wish upright..
    the problem with the jag is the hum is killing me on with the single coils.
    i've tried new pickups and it's still insane. i'm not sure whether the onboard preamp would be the problem this.
    or if it's just i'm running through a really crappy amp.
     
  9. If you go for a jazz bass you're going to have the single coil hum as well unless you keep both knobs at the same level. A P bass would definitely be quieter. Is your Rick noisy too or just the Jag?
     
  10. Sounds like 60 Cycle Hum. Couple of things you can do actually.

    1) Shielding. Either fill the control cavities with copper tape or special shielding paint. That should kill a great deal of the hum.

    2) Switch pickups. Get some humcancelling p/us in there and rejoice!

    3) Check the grounding. Something could be loose in there.

    4) Double check it's your amp by plugging your bass into a couple of setups at your local music shop.

    Hope this helps!
     
  11. TheBasicBassist

    TheBasicBassist

    Jan 8, 2009
    Newark, DE
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
    the rick is perfect through the same amp. =-\
    i actually replaced the pickups in the jag already with peter florance jb's.
    which were a pretty penny and were supposed to get rid of the hum. that
    failed miserably though..
    i've been gassing for a p-bass anyways..
    i just dont want to screw myself out of a good jazz tone by gettin rid of the jazz bass for a precision.
    thanks guys for helping me out with all this.
     
  12. If this was the case, you'd think he'd have it with the Ric as well, as they're notorious for the 60 cycle hum.
     
  13. Sadowsky. I wanna play one so bad.
     
  14. MD

    MD

    Nov 7, 2000
    Marin Co. CA.
    Fretless + piezo bridge pickup... $.02
     
  15. TheBasicBassist

    TheBasicBassist

    Jan 8, 2009
    Newark, DE
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
    I actually double-checked the ric this morning it's slight. but actually quite signifcantly quieter then the fender jag..
    =\
     
  16. Really? All the Ric's I've ever had the joy of playing were pretty silent... :meh:
     
  17. TheBasicBassist

    TheBasicBassist

    Jan 8, 2009
    Newark, DE
    Endorsing Artist: Rosado Guitars
    me too sundance..i'm confused.. :meh:
     
  18. bfc

    bfc

    Feb 15, 2008
    Fenton, MO
    Lakland SB-2?
     
  19. UncleBalsamic

    UncleBalsamic

    Jul 8, 2007
    UK
    I'd get your Jaguar shielded first. I've heard that removes a lot of the hum they seem to have.
     
  20. diglo

    diglo Supporting Member

    May 21, 2007
    SMYRNA, TN
    Get up! Get Get Get Down!
    Lowend PJ Standard, it's passive.
     

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