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Jazz Bass with Precision Neck Build - Input requested

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Bassa Nova, Mar 29, 2018.


  1. Jazz Bass with jazz single coil in neck position with flats

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  2. Jazz Bass with precision split coil in neck position with flats

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  3. Jazz Bass with precision split coil in neck position with rounds

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    33.3%
  4. Jazz Bass with flats and Precision Bass with rounds...everyone needs one of each

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    8.3%
  5. Carrots

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  1. So I am contemplating assembling a bass and am looking for input on pickup configuration and strings.

    I currently own two basses:

    Fender MIM FSR Jazz (2008) w/CS 60 pickups, orange drop cap, CTS pots (including push/pull pot for series/parallel), threaded saddles, and Fender 7150 Pure Nickel Strings.

    Squier Classic Vibe 60s Precision w/Fender Original 62 PUPs, orange drop cap, CTS pots and LaBella's (Jamerson Set).

    For some time, I have been thinking about putting together a Jazz bass with a Precision neck and stringing it with flatwounds (either LaBella's or Fender 9050s). I think I really dig the tone of a jazz with flats (think Jerry Jemmot, David Hood, or John Klingberg [Van Morrison -Moondance]).





    I am also inspired by the look of this bass below which I believe belonged to a fellow TB member (I dig those concentric knobs)...also the look and sound of that Fender Jazz with a Precision neck played by Danny "Mo" Morris on his videos. I like the Jazz body and a thicker neck.
    bass project.jpg

    Anyway, the one thought that I had was whether the neck pickup should be a jazz single coil or a precision split.

    Everyone says that a P/J is very versatile, but how does a P/J sound with flatwounds? I do have the P with flats sort of already covered, but am trying to think about what the P/J are like together, especially with flats. Then maybe I really just want the tone in my head (i.e. Jazz with flats).

    The music I play is pretty much blues, R&B, soul, classic rock, some reggae - fingerstyle (no pick, no slap).

    I have considered getting a Jazz with flats and a P/J with rounds, but 4 basses are likely too much for me. I know this is TB and the more the better, but I think I can only justify having 3 basses.

    Any thoughts on this are appreciated. Also if someone can direct me to a video or recording of a P/J with flats v. a Jazz with flats, it would be appreciated.

    Best
     
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2018
  2. Wow, not too many thoughts on this. Anyone?
     
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2018
  3. With your self imposed 3 bass limit I can’t advise. I’m currently at 14 and feel I finally have my basses covered. I dig the stack knob jazz you posted. Build a clone of that perhaps. I’m a bigger fan of flats but have some strung with rounds as well. Maybe try Tapewounds or pressurewounds on this bass. My most recent (Warmoth 56 p) came to me with GHS pressurewounds and I’m really liking them.
     
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  4. While I certainly would like to have one of each with flat and rounds, I really don’t think that they would get enough rotation/play time.

    If I purchased a PJ bass stock I would be very tempted by a Yamaha BB.
     
  5. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    Someone yet again taking a very simple thing and overcomplicating it!

    Dare I say you'd get more mileage by just using the bass you like the best, be it one that has your favorite color, favorite neck, p, j, whatever and just have solid technique and clean playing and know how to EQ your rig.

    Plus, understand you are never going to sound exactly like your idols on records you love. You dont have their fingers, their technique, and there are countless variables that go into the recording process and the signal chain that was used. Heck, they may not have even used a Fender P or J during the recording. I think technique will get you way further to capture that sound instead of just trying to replicate the gear thinking it will do it.
     
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2018
  6. Thanks, Vinnie, I will make sure to comment similarly on your posts.
     
  7. Vinnie Boombatz

    Vinnie Boombatz Inactive

    May 26, 2010
    I encourage it. Awaiting your replies with bated breath.
     
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