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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chino410, Mar 17, 2009.

  1. chino410


    Mar 17, 2009
    i just want to gain more knowledge so here it goes: whats the difference between jazz basses and precision basses? also im interested in bass and cabinet builds so anything will be helpful.
  2. Dude, run!!
  3. Zombbg4


    Jul 15, 2008
    Luthiers Corner will show you what you need to build- but read ALL the stickies!!!
  4. mellobud


    May 17, 2007
    Jazz basses fall over when you lean them against something.
  5. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    San Diego, CA
  6. other_beatingA_DeadHorse.
  7. dannster


    Aug 20, 2000
    Besides the obvious you are going to get trounced on here for asking?

    the nut width is narrower on the Jazz and it has single coil pickups. But every variation under the sun available makes that only a general truth.

    My experience seems to find P-basses being lighter too. Also not true in every case.
  8. Sorry bud, but people are going go crazy on you. Fender.com is a good place to start, as well as wikipedia. They will tell you the ins and outs.

    Go play them side by side.
  9. FenderHotRod


    Sep 1, 2004
    not if you hold your mouth open just right they don't
  10. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass - the final frontier! Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    In your other post in the Pickups section you say you've got a fender deluxe active 5 string jazz bass so you're half way there to knowing what the difference is!:D

    Honestly though, what are you trying to find out here or are you just mucking around?
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  12. The Precision came first and was the first popular fretted bass guitar.

    From what I have been told, the Jazz bass was created because most jazz players wanted a beefier neck which reminded them of their upright, and also something that would stand at an angle more naturally, closer to their upright position, hence the body shape (which is also very nice to look at, IMHO).

    The P therefore has a slimmer neck and the J a beefier neck.

    Also the P is very basic, no frill and has only one split double coil pickup.

    The J has two single coil pickups, which can be set to work as a humbucker when putting the volume at 10 on both.
  13. I think you've got that backwards.
  14. René_Julien


    Jun 26, 2008
    Yup, he did got that backwards.

    The P-bass has a chunkier "beefier" neck. That's why I prefer the Precisions, because I have big hands. A skinny Jazz bass is not so comfortable to me.

    Nope, it's the other way around.

    Actually the Jazz bass was created with the idea in mind that it would be easier for guitarists to switch over to bass guitar, not to convert double bassists.
  15. 82Daion


    Nov 14, 2006
    Noob answer:



    Seriously, do a search.
  16. LMFAO........ Where did you get that?!
  17. Someone has lied to you, my son!
  18. Grizzly700


    Mar 18, 2008
    Maryville, TN

    Post of the year.
  19. Steamboat Willy

    Steamboat Willy

    Mar 2, 2009
    Just like to make a point here guys as a fairly new member myself.

    No doubt the question Chino asked has been seen a thousand times by most of the older members but the few answers that were posted about different pick-ups and neck widths I found useful.

    Telling somebody to 'do a search' is not that helpful simply because this site is so bloody big!!

    As a test I put in a search 'difference between jazz and precision' and got 34 pages of results, so seriously - How is that any help to anyone? Sometimes you've just got to ask the question again and hope not to get flamed
  20. funkmangriff


    Dec 29, 2007
    google it!

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