How can I make my P bass sound like a jazz bass.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sk8inbassist17, Dec 1, 2005.

  1. How can I make my P bass sound like a jazz bass without having to buy a jazz bass.

    If this helps I have a boss geb-7, mxr m-80, and a fender rumble 100.

    thanks in advance.
  2. I'm really dont think its possible. You can add a jazz bass pickup in the bridge position, but it still one sound exact and it's risky doing something like that unless its professionally done.
  3. LowEndLobster

    LowEndLobster Bass reviewer and youtube dude guy.

    Oct 29, 2003
    Northern MA
    Get a set of jazz pickups.. a soldering iron and a router.. and don't mess up.
  4. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    U cant Buy a jazz and have both tones

  5. OblivionBass


    Jul 3, 2005
    buy a jazz :p
  6. purfektstranger


    Apr 10, 2003
    + 1
  7. Blackbird

    Blackbird Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    What's wrong with the P sound?
  8. 6-3-2


    Sep 20, 2003
    Even though you did say, "without buying a jazz bass", it's hard to do it without the jazz. The high notes, especially, sound completely different. You could try a Standard Jazz bass, those can be had for under $500
  9. go Stu Hamm on it. Pop in j pickups on opposite sides of the p.
  10. Human Bass

    Human Bass

    Aug 26, 2005
    well...that S1 switch of the american P gives a "jazzy" tone...right?
  11. Alexander


    Aug 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Not so sure about that... I think the jazz w/ S-1 cops a good P tone, but not the other way around (IME anyway)
  12. SGT. Pepper

    SGT. Pepper Inactive

    Nov 20, 2005
    Slap a Jazz pickup at the bridge and put a Jazz neck on it.
    The money it will cost you to do that, you could just go buy a Jazz bass.
    A Precision is a Precision and a Jazz is a Jazz. You can't make one sound like the other. Manufacturers have been trying for years and they still can't get it.
    Only G&L did and thats because Leo Fender started G&L. But even those aren't exact.
    Hey, has Jazz basses for $99.00, $109.00, and $139.00.
    It will satisfy your Jazz Itch and wont break the bank.
  13. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Well, sort of, and I was going to suggest installing a series/parallel switch like the S-1 for the P pickup, and installing a true J pickup at the bridge. That's about as close to a J as you could get while retaining the P pickup -- but it still won't sound just like a J.

    I guess the Stu Hamm sig approach could work too, but I don't know whether the pickup spacing of the J and P pickups replicates their spacing on J and P basses. If not, that won't do the trick, but it is pretty cool. Maybe even cooler if the P pickup and J pickups were wired to separate jacks for stereo output.