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How Many Metalheads Here Use A Jazz Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by B'Aces High, Jun 28, 2003.

  1. I was bored, and decided to start a thread.

    I dont own a Jazz bass myself...i wouldnt mind snatchin one up one day for sure though.
    So how many you other Metalheads on this board use a Jazz bass?

    Anyone who has one, how do you like it for metal/hard rock etc....
  2. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I used a Peavey Foundation, which is a Jazz copy, in my original metal band for almost 10 years.

    The only reason that I don't use it anymore is because I prefer using a 6 string or a 12 string for heavy music, and it(and my Jazz bass) only have 4 strings.
  3. CKYBassist


    Nov 28, 2002
    I play in a band that plays metal. We play lots of different stuff - from RATM to Slayer. I use an Essex SJB-62QMD jazz. I hope to get a fender GL jazz bass soon. A lot of people look at me weird because the other guitarists in my band use ESP F series guitars (super pointy). But screw them i love the sound and feel of a jazz bass.
  4. that's the thing about the Fender Jazz, I've literally seen it in every type of modern music...so I guess that since its a standard sound today, what the hell, lets see it in metal!
  5. deftim69


    Jun 11, 2003
    I play metal and just got a roscoe beck and a fender jazz fmt model. I will never play anything else. I prefer the roscoe over the fmt but I play both when I play live.
  6. The Lurker

    The Lurker

    Aug 16, 2002
    a Jazz will work well in just about anything..... the only question is making sure you have enough low end for metal, whcih some models are a bit shy of.
  7. Nick Gann

    Nick Gann Talkbass' Tubist in Residence

    Mar 24, 2002
    Silver Spring, MD
    Nothing like a good growl to cut through in metal.

    Jazz basses all the way!
  8. I use a Yamaha BB1500A (active jazz copy)
  9. Jazz body with a (very flat) P neck! Growl, comfort and best fit for my left hand so far!
  10. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    I played metal primarily in the 80's and early 90's (not the hair band stuff) and play some old Metallica and Sabbath now. I use Jazz style 5's exclusively. Wouldn't have it any other way.
  11. Brendan


    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I don't, but not on account of the sound. I simply have no tolerance for a 4 string with a nut less than 1.65" at the nut (42mm). THe 5 string Jazzes I've played I've liked well enough, but the 4s are too narrow at the nut for my meat hands.
  12. cronos from venom uses a jazz bass as well, i think jazz basses are okay for metal, to me humbuckers break down the bass and fundamental sound associated with metal, P-basses have no tight mid girth, and J-basses has no low-end push like humbuckers. but both can be used fairly well.
    i have a P/J setup on my bass, i think the J tightens the sound well, with the punch of the P.
  13. dgce


    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    I used to play metal and for years my axes of choice were Jazz Basses with EMGs and a Badass II bridges. I found this to be a very versatile set up and quiet as well. You have more muscle than your standard passive set up an you still cut through the mix. I'd later upgrade to a G&L ASAT bass which is basically a Fender Jazz on steroids albeit shaped like a Telecaster. My ASAT has all the mods and then some already built in plus the comfy Jazz-style neck.

    I've tried some Mex. Jazz Deluxes (4 and 5 string models) that seem to be pretty good bang for the buck IMHO. Though my metal years are behind me, I could see these axes doing the job and then some on a budget. I mean, if it MUST be a Jazz, then I'd give these guys a shot.

    If you do take the passive electronics root, I'd give the ole PJ set up a go. Many Fender knock offs have them and now Fender has this Aerodyne Bass that seems to fit this bill. Otherwise there's plenty of P bass hot rods with a PJ set up out there.

  14. Mike N

    Mike N Missing the old TB Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2001
    Spencerport, New York
    I was playing a MIA J five for a long time before switching back to a 4 string P.
  15. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Jazzes are as common in metal as in pretty much any other pop/rock genre.

    The bassist from Opeth plays a Marcus Miller Jazz model for example.
  16. aaron f.

    aaron f.

    Oct 21, 2000
    I use a MIM jazz with Barts and a baddass 2 bridge, sounds killer
  17. i wouldn't say there that popular in metal, id say humbuckers are the most popular in metal. i can name jason newsted/cronos/opeth guy/ and a little bit more. but the scene is packed with humbucker users.
  18. pistoleroace


    Sep 13, 2002
    Just because it is a jazz bass doesn't mean that it won't fit into the metal tunes you play. Go with what you think sounds and feels good to you, be an individual. I use to play nothing but Jacksons and I loved all of them but I now have two Roscoe LG 3005s, a Warwick Thumb NT 4, Warwick Streamer Stage II 4, and I now just purchased a F Bass BN 5. The Warwick you will see being used in some of the modern hard rock/metal bands but you sure wouldn't see a Roscoe or F Bass.


  19. I love J-basses, but I would have to have a couple things on a J-bass if I ever got one:

    1)Gotta have a P-bass neck.

    2)Gotta have an On/Off switch. The two volume knobs gets annoying to me.

    3)BadAss II bridge, adds lots of clarity and snap and punch.

    4)a 2nd string tree. A little thing I have.

    5)Possibly Bartolini pickups.

    That's about it. I have an SX SJB-62 Fretless, which I'm going to coat the fretboard, add a 2nd string tree, possibly an on/off switch, add some Bart pickups (probably the 9J1 in the neck position and 9K1 in the bridge position), swap out the pots and input jack and put on some J-bass knobs. I might also switch the pickguard for a black one.
  20. Jason Newsted plays 5 string Sadowsky Jazzes with pretty good effect.John Paul Jones played Jazzes on most of Led Zeppelins music,but that's old news.