Jazz vs Precision

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rian Chong, Jun 30, 2020.

  1. Rian Chong

    Rian Chong

    May 18, 2020
    Hi, so I'm about to get a new bass around the end of the year. I've narrowed my choices to either a Fender Precision or Jazz Bass but here is where I am stuck. I generally play Punk, standard Rock, Alt-rock, and J-rock. I usually see a P-bass used for punk and some rock but for the other two, I see a jazz bass used 90% of the time I see a fender. I am familiar with the tone of both but still can't seem to decide. Could somebody help me provide some perspective and insight on which I should choose?

    side note, if it helps, I'm currently using an Ibanez SR300E with a three-band eq and active circuitry.
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  2. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    P Bass. P for Punk.
  3. Elusive1


    Jun 21, 2018
    Get a PJ. Best of both worlds. Problem solved.
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  4. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    But will never sound like a J with both PUs on.

    Get a P first and a J later would be my suggestion.
  5. LadyLoveStingRay5


    Jul 17, 2004
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  6. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Since you already have a J type pickup configuration with the Ibanez I vote for getting the P first.
  7. Energy


    Jun 20, 2006

    Again? Really?

  8. Bleecker

    Bleecker Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2006
    Etown NY. USA
    Get the P-bass...
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  9. I like how others sound when they play a jazz. Me , it’s just not me. I had one and got rid of it quickly. But still I feel like I have to like them. I had a P bass very nice.
    I currently sling a PJ as my main thing and a Surfcaster with 2 single coils, does that count as a J bass?
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  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin Estimator Extraordinaire

    May 13, 2015
    Greenville, NC
    Get whichever one you like to play the best. I got a Jazz because I like the narrower fretboard. I have smaller hands and it's just more comfortable. The tone can be changed on any bass. The only thing on an electric bass that can't be easily changed is the neck profile.
  11. Pups make a difference.
  12. It will never go away, accept it or bury your head in the ground.
  13. CatchaCuda


    Feb 3, 2018
    Transfer, PA
    The obvious answer is : P body, J neck, MM pickup(s?).
  14. GrapeBass


    Jun 10, 2004
    Graphic Designer: Yorkville Sound
    Both but twice...

    For you, with what you're playin'
    J-Bass with rounds
    P-Bass with rounds

    but then you discover the magic of flats
    J-Bass with flats
    P-Bass with flats

    all passive
  15. chris_b


    Jun 2, 2007
    Change the "vs" to "and". Get both and then you're set.

    On the other hand why do what everyone else does. Start a trend in your genres for not using the usual basses.

    OK, final advice, play what you want and what feels good to you.
  16. Kyuuga


    Jan 5, 2018
    If you want the most honest answer: neither.

    Your Ibanez is a good bass and unless there's something problematic with it, it'll work just fine. You can make it sound better than any Jazz or Precision out there.

    Most of us fall into a trap of always thinking "oh if I had X bass it'd sound better here" - lets be real, in a mix it's barely noticeable especially if you're playing Punk or Alt. Rock.

    Don't fall into that trap. Your amp, pedals and FINGERS count a lot more than whatever bass you're using.

    If you're comfortable with your Ibanez and it works perfectly then stick with it.

    However, if you're buying just for the sake of it and you want something that looks cool and makes you want to pick it up everytime you see it, then just go for whichever looks best to you. They'll both sound the same with proper tweaks.
  17. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    P body/J neck
  18. wmhill

    wmhill Inactive

    Aug 20, 2012
    upstate NY
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  19. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    That’s even better than my answer.
  20. Cutter8

    Cutter8 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2018
    This may be the best advice anyone could give you, OP.