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Jazzbass 1962 vs Precision 1961

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by roogbass, Jun 11, 2019.

Jazz or Precision?

Poll closed Jun 18, 2019.
  1. Jazzbass

  2. Precision

  3. Wortels (carrots)

  1. 74hc


    Nov 19, 2015
    Thanks for taking the time to answer. I didn't think the Precision sat well in the mix for this style of play per my ears. Compared to the Jazz, clarity and definition was lacking a bit for the ghost notes.

    I was thinking you either had some dead roundwounds on the Precision, or flatwounds but not the most modern sounding ones on the market.

    It makes sense because of the Elixirs. I use to play them exclusively on my Precision for decades until I went back to Boomers. Which is what I originally started with back in the early 80's.

    Of course with the Jazz being single coil, it will emphasis the uppers better and help ghost notes stand out better. You probably could have EQ'd the precision to compensate for the Elixirs and it would have sounded fine to me.
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  2. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    the playing is so nice = doesn't make a difference re: which instrument!

    i voted "black." :D
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  3. bucephylus

    bucephylus Supporting Member Commercial User

    Aug 18, 2002
    General Manager TecPadz LLC
    Props again for the nice lines you played.

    The “problem” is that as a thread topic, what you actually did nicely was to demonstrate one tone each that those two instruments are known for. That’s fine as far as it goes; but, TB tends to have a high school herd mentality. And, this particular topic is one of several where for whatever reason players feel it necessary to polarize.

    The correct OP question might have been to ask which of those two particular sounds do players prefer as a bass backing track. That would generate some pretty interesting exchanges. I see it as more of a tone selection question than some kind of instrumental tribalism; which would of course be pretty silly.

    No question in my mind that the deep resonant tone the P naturally produces is preferred for a lot of work. The fact that the J can also do that needs to be part of the understanding. That’s my only point. The staccato J tone can be really hip; but, the player needs to know when it is appropriate.
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  4. FollowMeDown


    Feb 8, 2019
    Jazz for this song, but I can imagine plenty of music where the P would fit much better.
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  5. Tigerpig


    Oct 27, 2016
    Norwich UK
    Prefer the Jazz on this style of music.
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  6. nilorius


    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    Absolutely - jazz bass.
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  7. Grahams Groove

    Grahams Groove If it feels heavy, it's heavy. Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    Boulder, CO
    @roogbass - For the Jazz bass, did you have both pickup volume knobs up all the way?

    If so, do you feel like they are balanced in terms of volume/height, or can you hear either the bridge or neck pickup dominating when you have them both full on?

    I love the punch, attack, and fullness you got with the jazz. Excellent sound and excellent playing...

    **Also, killer work on Red Baron. I'm digging some stuff on your youtube channel.
    Last edited: Jun 12, 2019
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  8. They both sound great. Stellar playing! I'm more of a Precision Bass player, but the Jazz definitely works for this song.
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  9. First off, great playing and tone! Secondly, I chose the p-bass because that’s what I like to play, but the jazz sounds SOOOO good on this song that i would try to get a hold of one, if i were playing on this track. However, I bet you could get a similar tone from the p if you needed to.
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  10. kesslari

    kesslari Groovin' with the Big Dogs Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2007
    Santa Cruz Mtns, California
    Lark in the Morning Instructional Videos; Audix Microphones
    Different flavors of good. Nice playing! I really like how your ghost notes "pop".
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  11. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Bring on those ghost notes - great lines - fun!

    I can't call one as "better" than the other. The J might have facilitated or inspired a more athletic romp, but over my laptop speakers just now, I preferred the P-bass timbre as an anchor for all the other bright, jangly stuff going on in the track. Will listen again later, with headphones.

    And again, thanks for the ghost note tutorial - I really dig your approach!
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  12. fakeneckplate'65

    fakeneckplate'65 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2014
    Columbus, OH
    Killer playing...I think I preferred the Jazz in context though.
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  13. HardNHeavy


    Apr 17, 2014
    good playing, but i prefer the jazz sound over the p..the notes just pop out a bit more, no to say i dont love the pbass but for this particular song it sounded more clear
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  14. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    One question about the P:
    Does it 'bark' if you want it to?:)
  15. roogbass

    roogbass Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Eich endorser.
    Yes, you’re right. Another title would have been better.
  16. roogbass

    roogbass Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Eich endorser.
    Thank you for your kind words.
    Bridge pup only on this one.
    The pots have a very steep range. So a small nudge and volume is way down.
    But both pups are nicely balanced, solo and the combi.
  17. roogbass

    roogbass Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2010
    The Netherlands
    Eich endorser.
    Yes it can. My touch is to soft for that. Also the superlight elixirs don’t help.
  18. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    Super light strings on a P?
    Interesting: I am not sure I have met anyone doing this.
    Still...sounds rather good as is:).
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  19. LoTone

    LoTone Clean as an Entwistle... Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2010
    Quebec, Canada
    You have made both basses sound terrific but, for that particular track, I like the Jazz Bass tone a little more. The Jazz sounded slightly more articulate. However, the low mid punch of the Precision gave the track a different flavor. Well done on all acounts.
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  20. theretheyare

    theretheyare Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2010
    Brooklyn, NY
    Endorsing: Arkham Vacuum Tube Amplification
    The jazz with the tone you chose fits better in this context of playing, to my ears. For a Pbass to shine with that kind of style, I'm thinking players like Paul Jackson or Colin Hodgkinson, who have typical Pbass tones of a very different nature than you chose. Well played either way and thanks for posting!
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  21. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    While I generally avoid P vs J threads, this was a very good demo with skilled playing to optimize the attributes of each

    For me, Jazz -hands down for that song (and usually the case on most things for myself)...However, the P was good and could be the first choice on a different tune
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