P bass or still get a jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Lanzy, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. Lanzy


    Dec 5, 2014
    Hi everyone.
    Recently i put flats on my p bass. I like the sound, but i almost want the warmer pop.

    The p bass is the only bass i currently own, but with flats it's fine for jazz band

    Just wondering if it is still worth it to get a jazz bass

    I was looking at MIM standards, and some MIA models, any opinions on those?

    Uck sorry for the first spelling long day lol


    Last edited: Dec 20, 2014
  2. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Your p bass is good for anything.

    A jazz bass would also be good for anything.

    No one here is gonna tell you that you shouldn't own both.

    Can you afford a new bass? If yes, buy a jazz bass.

    I'd want a used Japanese Fender over any MIA, MIM, or Squier (not Squire).

    On a side note, if you're capable and willing, put a jazz pickup in your P and you'll have the greatest bass that man has ever conceived: the mighty PJ.
  3. Everyone will tell you it's good to have tonal options (flatwounds, rounds, p basses, jazz basses) at your disposal, but you'd be surprised what you can do with one bass. Sometimes limitations are a good thing, it helps you really get to know and make the most of what you have.
  4. west al

    west al Road Rex (ROAD KING) Supporting Member

    I have both MIA Jazzes, and Precisions. The Jazz suits my sounds more than the Precision in most cases. The Jazz to me is a bit more versatile.
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  5. odarellmc


    Jul 8, 2012
    I own both personally I thinks it's a must to have , I have a five string Am std P&J so yeah get the J
  6. Lanzy


    Dec 5, 2014
    Uhm, how do i do that?
    How much are japanese fenders usually?

    And also i can afford anything a little lower then 400ish dollars

    Now that being said, i can always wait for a mim
  7. Eric66


    Sep 23, 2013
    The Netherlands
    No, buy a second P and put rounds on it.
  8. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    Make it a PJ? I don't know. That's why I said "if you're capable". I'm certainly not. It requires routing and electronics work. That kind of stuff is beyond me but lots of people do it.

    Where are you? Used MIJ jazz's in America can often be found for about $500.
  9. Lanzy


    Dec 5, 2014
    Thanks....And at that point, i do like mim standards, i may as well save up another $100 and get one of those...but ill look into the japanese ones..
  10. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    i think if you want the quintessential american rock and roll sound you need a pbass and a tube head, however i don't use one and i play in american rock and roll bands
  11. NWB


    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    The Squier CV jazz bass is very nice and would open up a lot different tones to you.

    It's probably a good bass to find out if you dig a jazz or not.
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  12. west al

    west al Road Rex (ROAD KING) Supporting Member

    An alternative to an affordable P/J, the G&L SB-2 Tribute. A very well made cost efficient P/J bass.
  13. Lanzy


    Dec 5, 2014
    I do NOT want or p/j bass.

    I have the p bass sound already, and i like having two active j pickups.....
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  14. west al

    west al Road Rex (ROAD KING) Supporting Member

  15. As much as I like to tell people that a P is all you need,
    you'd gain a lot of tonal options if you got a J with bright round wound strings
    to compliment the P with flats.
  16. Robus


    Aug 25, 2013
    Chicago Area
    Mix up some sulfer, saltpeter. Put in a log with a rock you find laying around. Shoot the gorn.
    Then buy a Jazz.
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  17. placedesjardins


    May 7, 2012
    Do what you need to do. Get a second job.
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  18. BazzTard

    BazzTard Inactive

    If you have a P and a J you can pretty well replicate any rock recording from 1960 onwards.....
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  19. rujulian

    rujulian Guest

    Apr 24, 2014
    I had a p/j and a jazz.. Now I only have a p/j.. I am happy..
  20. I own both. I am happy with both. The P has flats and the Jazz has rounds. It is a great combination, and while they are both Fenders, the Squire CV basses are really good values and have a really great tone. Wouldn't mind having one myself.
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