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How should I string my Fender Jazz?

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by lawjazz1, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. lawjazz1


    Sep 7, 2013
    I play in a classic rock cover band that also does some straight electric blues. My main bass is a Carvin PB 5 PJ which has round super brights. It cuts through the mix great, punchy slap bass (on the one song I play slap). I love the versitility so it will remain my main ax.

    I have a Fender P with flats that I use for the blues tunes because I want to back off a little and not compete so much with the guitars. Also for quieter songs like Fleetwood Mac's "Gold Dust Women" where I don't want to be too present.

    Just bought a used 2012 Limited Edition Jazz American Standard from GC (1/2 original price!). It came with flats that sound really good....different than the P of course, but good. I like the way it sounds.

    My question is simple to ask but I'm having a hard time deciding. Do I need two basses with flats, or should the jazz get rounds? Pros and cons, please. Trying to get the most versitile set up.
  2. Levin


    Oct 30, 2012
    For me a jazz with bright flats are as versatile you could get for what I play, but you said yourself that you use your Carvin as your main ax anyway due to its' versatility, so why have another bass for the same purpose? If you like it with flats so keep the flats on, and if you need to use it some time in a context where that bass doesn't fit in you have your two other basses.
    Do you need two basses with rounds? Most people prefer the jazz bass sound with rounds, but if you already have a main bass with rounds I see no reason to change strings on the jazz if you like the strings already on it. Just my impressions
  3. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Unless you really dig the sound of the flats, string one with each.
  4. Pier_


    Dec 22, 2013
    Roma, Italia
    you are the only one who can tell if the jazz needs flats or not.

    if you like it and use it, keep it with flats. if you don't, just change. the best thing to do is to keep the used set of flats (in case you decide to change ) and use them if needed :D
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  5. twinjet

    twinjet Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    As previously mentioned, why have two Swiss Army knives with the same tools?

    For example, I can get a P tone out of an L-2000 as well as my P bass. Because the P specializes in a limited range of tones, I will throw some flats on it to give it a different P tone from the L-2000, since that bass can provide a standard P bass tone anyway.

    Versatility is fine, but I don't think you need two basses that can do all of the same everythings.
  6. You sound like my wife when I come home with a new Bass.
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  7. twinjet

    twinjet Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    Well, I suppose you could still string every single one with a different type of string. Then you'd have true versatility.

    Better? :roflmao:
  8. Linnin


    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
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  10. Sweet Willie

    Sweet Willie

    Dec 31, 2014
    Former moderator for now non-active Nordstrand Forum
  11. RC52


    Apr 10, 2010
    Laurens, SC
    I had my Jazz strung with Fender flats , sounded really good . But My P is also strung with flats .

    Today , I put Pressurewounds Medium gauge on the J - wonderful ! It brought the bass to life !!! Definatley worth a shot .
    I got them from Jim's Music under $20 shipped . Took a while for them to arrive , but great price , great string match .
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