Jazz Bass against Precision Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Tom Lee, Dec 11, 2002.

  1. What are the main differences in sound and playing between a Fender Jazz Bass and a Fender Precision Bass.

  2. Jazz bass: thinner neck
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Jazz bass: More tones, due to two pickups.
    Precision bass: One great tone, with variety controlled by your plucking hand and the tone control.

    J: Capable of 60hz hum, if you solo either pickup.
    P: Hum free operation, unless you are in a place with dirty wiring and/or a lot of stray RF.

    J: Slim, fast neck.
    P: Thick, substantial neck.

    J: Sexy, big body.
    P: Smaller, lighter body.
  4. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    String spacing. Jazz is closer together(usually)

    P-ups. P-bass more punchy. Less variety.
    Jazz- more smooth, can get a somewhat p-bass sound.
  5. DarkMazda


    Jun 3, 2000
    At the nut yes.... not at the bridge :)

  6. odie

    odie Supporting Member

    Yes just like DM said!!!
  7. mcbosler


    May 12, 2000
    Plano, TX
    Soundwise, the P-bass gives you a more mellow bass with plenty of low end to go around; the jazz bass has a little less power with the super lows (unless you buy an active one), but it's super easy to get a nice clean, crisp tone where every note is discernable (whereas the P-bass can be a bit muddy if you don't set the tone just right). Fender's Deluxe P-bass special is my personal favorite - best of both worlds: jazz neck (thinner and easier to play), P-bass body (slightly fuller tone than a jazz), a P pickup in the neck position and a J pickup in the bridge position. This one's really versatile as far as tone goes (especially at high volumes), and is great for slapping. Hope that helps.
  8. pyrohr


    Aug 28, 2001
    Pakistani compound
    My thumb likes the jazz bass alot more :D