J-bass Standard or Deluxe for ska/punk

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by futbol1097, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. futbol1097


    Nov 21, 2006
    Thanks to input from TB, Ive decided to go w/ an MIA J-bass over a P-bass. I tested several at GC and the smaller J-neck is a lot more comfortable for me. I'm learning ska and punk stuff right now w/ faster basslines, so the smaller neck was a better fit too. However, I did like the P-Bass low-end a lot. I'm debating btwn the Standard and Deluxe - do the active pickups on the Deluxe give more or less of that low-end growl (closer to P-sound)? GC didn't have both to compare together and ill probably buy online, sight unseen. Just wondering if its worth paying more for Deluxe given my musical tastes. Thanks!
  2. BassAgent


    Dec 2, 2003
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands
    Official Artist: Eich Amplification
    I'd go for the passive one (so the Standard). I have played in a couple of good ska bands over the years, and have found that the active sound is a little bit to much for that music. You want a raw, punching sound. You can always get that low end from your amp.


    Oct 10, 2008
    The American Active Deluxe Jazz Basses are Superb!
    Those Samarium Cobalt pups are very hot, especially
    with the 18vt electronics!
  4. lowendgenerator

    lowendgenerator All panic, no disco.

    Mar 26, 2006
    The Deluxe model is nice, the midrange boost really puts you where you want to be in the mix. both pickups on full, a little bass boost, treble almost off, and the midrange cranked yields great results for me.
  5. its all subjective. im in a ska/funk/grunge/psychedelic band with two guitarists and have always been a p-bass kinda guy. just got my first J a month ago. while i love the tone, its almost too hi-fi or something. so i wired in a model J series with a single coil. a little better now. ive never been a fan of active basses, they dont sound natural to me.
  6. RickenBoogie


    Jul 22, 2007
    Dallas, TX
    The American Deluxe P bass has a much nicer neck than a standard P, and the tone is massive. My band requested that I use it over my Ric or my Tbird. They love that Deluxe P as much as I do. In case you wanted one more option.
  7. elBandito


    Dec 3, 2008
    Rotten Apple
    I know you asked for a j, but a p would do better in those applications.


    Dec 27, 2007
  9. futbol1097


    Nov 21, 2006
    Well - I'm finding a lot better online deals on Standards, probably b/c there's just more of them. If I am able to pick up a Standard MIA J at a good price, could anyone recommend pickup upgrades to improve the low-end passive sound?
  10. Kyon`


    Aug 17, 2007
    Boston, MA
    Why not look into a P/j special, or possible a G&L sb-2. I know the MIM P/J special is active and has a jazz neck, and the G&L SB-2 will have all that aggressive snarl that you would want and I believe stock they come with a jazz style neck. Also DR Stainless Steel LoRiders would give that low end you want so much.