Jazz with flats vs. P with flats - what's the sound difference?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fourstringbliss, Aug 21, 2005.


  1. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    I know that a P doesn't sound like a J, but with flats what's the sound difference?

    Oh, and let me get the obvious response that someone's going to give me:
    "A Jazz with flats will sound like a Jazz with flats, and the P with flats will sound like a P with flats."

    Okay, I understand that, but let's get more specific please.

    Also, I have a Jazz with a J-Retro and Fender flats - is there a way I can fiddle with the knobs and get the neck pup to sound like a P?
     
  2. No.
     
  3. RHFusillo

    RHFusillo Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Phoenix, AZ
    For the most part, I agree with Marcusalan. You can get a little bit close to a P sound by favoring the neck pickup, boosing the bass and cutting the upper mids.
     
  4. What exactly is a j-retro? sorry i don't know a real lot.
     
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    It is a drop in preamp for a Fender Jazz bass and similar copies.
     
  6. thanks! now i dont feel as dumb!
     
  7. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

    Oct 5, 2003
    Puyallup, WA
    It's an excellent preamp that gives me complete control over the sound of my Jazz Bass and it sounds great (IMHO). I only wish I had the J-Retro deluxe which gives you tone control when in passive mode.