not diggin' the P neck

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Slaphound, Nov 24, 2005.

  1. Slaphound

    Slaphound Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2003
    Staten Island, NY
    I'm a bit dissapointed and almost ashamed to admit but I really dont like the feel of the Precision neck. It may take time to get used to but it seems that whenever I play my Aerodyne right after my P, I feel more comfortable playing my jazz. Hard lesson to swallow. All of my favorite players play p basses. I guess. I have to give up this Idea of having "so and so's bass". :crying:
  2. KYJazzy


    Nov 10, 2004
    Lexington, KY
    that's why they make lots of P models with Jazz neck tapers. Pretty easy to find them. Lakland BG's come in them, and Fender has that active P-bass special everyone keeps talking up...(if active's your thing)...

    Or you can go the warmoth route. So many different options. Cuz let's face it, you need the P booty. :bassist:
  3. junglebike


    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    Or find sombody who has the opposite problem -- they love the jazz, but hate the narrow neck. Swap-a-roonie
  4. Greg Johnsen

    Greg Johnsen

    May 1, 2005
    Hickory NC
    um...the aerodyne has a p pickup... so I don't see your problem. Can't you just turn the volume on the J pickup off, and the p pickup on? That'd give a p bass sound.

    or for like 200 bucks, you can buy a jazz neck from allparts, which is a pretty good deal I guess.

    I also do not like the feel of a P neck, which is why I went with Ibanez, and I'm going to get a few J's.

  5. Slaphound

    Slaphound Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2003
    Staten Island, NY
    Well I was trying to get down to one good bass and I thought that a '57 P bass was it. But now I'm pretty sure it is not. No matter how much I want this P bass to be it. The Aerodyne is my first fender. I had the Marcus Miller until I sold it last month for the P bass. Oh well. That is life. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it. But it is dissapointing. The Marcus had such a sweet neck, really it did. :meh:
  6. Hollow Man

    Hollow Man Supporting Member

    Apr 28, 2003
    Springfield, VA
    You should try a Geddy Lee neck.
  7. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    If you love the tone of the P-Bass, I suggest you stick with it for awhile. It might be easier in the long run if you play nothing but your P-Bass until your fretting hand adjusts. I remember when I switched from a Rick to a P-Bass (and later from a Jazz back to a P-Bass) it was a tough go for my fretting hand, but over time I became accustomed to it's feel.

    But if you plan on selling it, please p.m. me.
  8. Squidfinger

    Squidfinger I wish I could sing like Rick Danko.

    Jan 7, 2004
    Shreveport LA
    I'm the exact opposite. I started out on Ibanez basses (thin, shallow necks) and wrestled with extreme hand pain. I couldn't play for more than 5 minutes without having to take a break. But my friend had a Washburn bass with a much chunkier neck and I noticed that I didn't have half as much hand pain. So I traded my Ibanez in for a MIM P bass and my hand pain magically went away. It's only going to be chunky necks from now on.
  9. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland

    Feb 11, 2003
    I love the P-neck.
    But also like Jazz bass sound.
    Was lucky enough to find 1965 P-neck.
    Put it on my 1966 jazz body.
    The best od both worlds.
  10. Growler


    Sep 26, 2004
    So I'm one of those that started with a P-MiM and then picked up a P-Special (active). The latter has a Jazz neck which took me a LONG time to get used to. Infact to this day, if I play nothing but the Jazz for a couple of weeks and then pick up the P, the P just feels right at home.

    My only solution is to make sure that I regularly play both, even if its nothing but a few scales.

    Alternatively, you could get one of these: 02cut.gif
  11. Pennydreadful

    Pennydreadful Goin out West

    Jun 13, 2005
    Arlington, Texas
    Slap a J neck on there.
  12. #1...don't be should be happy that you DO have a makes future choices MUCH easier.

    #2...just put on a J-neck...thankfully they're interchangeable

    #3...don't worry about selling off the old P-neck...there are PLENTY of bassists out there that prefer the chunkier P-neck (I'm one of those people)
  13. Lowner


    May 14, 2005
    Over Here
    I agree. I love the feel of the Jazz and P Bass necks and really any fender guitar or bass. I also love the sound of Fender guitars and basses. i am a die hard fender fan through and through.
    I went to GC and played some non fender guitars the other day and it made me appreciate my Fenders all the more they just feel so perfect in my hands.
  14. zombywoof5050


    Dec 20, 2001
    Perhaps the CIJ 62RI would have been a better choice, the neck on it is thinner front to back than their 57RI. Or better yet, they also make a 70's style Precision with a narrower Jazz width neck. Of course these models don't have a maple fingerboard, and I don't know how important that is to you.
    Don't give up hope, there's something out there that will suit you. Maybe, like these guys say, the 57 will grow on you if you give it more time.
  15. Fealach

    Fealach Guest

    Apr 23, 2003
    Gone to a better place
    Much of the music i like was recorded on a P bass, but the neck feels like a telephone pole to me. I've tried some out, but would never purchase one. I'd rather just stick with basses that feel natural and easy to play to me, so that's one less hurdle I have to deal with. My playing is bad enough as it is.

    There was ONE Precision in my entire life that I liked playing. My friend's 78 that came with a Jazz neck.
  16. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I would be that person, but I have no spare basses to swap ;)

    A lot of people use Jazz necked Precision basses. I use the opposite. Different strokes for different folks.
  17. junglebike


    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    You need to spend more time on TB. I was down to 2 basses a month ago. Then I started checking in on this forum again, and now I've got five and want another. :help:
  18. You could always buy a Warwick Thumb and play it non-stop for about a month, and then switch back to the P-Bass :)
  19. Slaphound

    Slaphound Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2003
    Staten Island, NY
    Thats one problem with TB. If I wasn't married, I'd have at least five basses or I'd be dead. All of this useless ( it really is useless) time spent on thinking of new basses can be spent playing and sounding more like some one who plays bass and less like some one who ownes a bass and wishes he could play. I'm speaking for myself.
  20. tplyons


    Apr 6, 2003
    Madison, NJ
    I know what you mean, but between my first Soundgear which is loaded with Dimarzio's, my Marcus Miller Jazz with Precision neck, and my fretless, I don't NEED anything else.

    Rest of my money is going towards paying off my new transmission and is getting saved for my Harley.