p or j bass for a female?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wooheehaa, Jul 18, 2013.

  1. wooheehaa


    Jul 14, 2013
    would you recommend a p or j for a female beginner, assuming the choice is stictly between a std p or a std j, no short scale, mm etc

    she prefer the look and sound of a p but find the neck chucky.

    what do you guys think?
  2. Right_Butterscotch64


    Oct 18, 2012
    I'm pretty sure the deluxe PJ/p special has a jazz neck. But that may be out of your price range. If you are looking at the standard line only your options are limited to just those.
  3. Biggbass


    Dec 14, 2011
    Planet Earth
    Fender Aerodyne Jazz...
    has a J neck and a P/J pickup config. Plus it looks good.
  4. dStar


    Mar 1, 2012
    If you have small hands, a bass with a Jazz neck would probably be best for you. Try some basses out and find out what is comfortable to you.
  5. afiaowo


    Jan 9, 2006
    You could install a replacement Jazz neck.

    It might bring the price higher than what you might want for a beginner instrument but it would create the best of both worlds.
  6. jefkritz


    Oct 20, 2007
    iowa city, IA
    well, the fact that it's for a female CHANGES EVERYTHING!

    just kidding :) if she likes the look and sound of the p better, get a p. but if she doesn't like playing the p, but likes playing the j, get the j.

    as suggested, a p/j is nearly best of both worlds in this case, but might be too expensive.

    if it's truly between just the p or the j, the question to ask is this: is the p neck chunky enough that she won't enjoy playing as much? if so, go j. otherwise go p.
  7. jefkritz


    Oct 20, 2007
    iowa city, IA
    Actually, this is a great idea. Plus, you could start with just getting a Pbass, and a month (or 6) down the road getting the replacement neck.
  8. +1. Quicker jazz neck, P body, and one pick up of each. Well worth the extra bucks, in my opinion.
  9. darkstorm


    Oct 13, 2009
    If you prefer the sound of P pups over J, spapbar and humbucker. But dont want the thicker neck of fender P bass. Then Id say look at basses with p pups and slimmer necks. BC Rich makes some nice P pup basses as one example. The eagle being one of these which unlike mockingbird doesnt neck dive or have awkward reach to nut.
  10. Kaappari


    Nov 26, 2009
    If she likes a p bass, then she should get one.
  11. JFOC


    Oct 23, 2010
    new hampShire
  12. badstonebass


    Jun 7, 2006
    I second the P/J Special.

    You can find all kinds of them used and save some$$.

    As others have said does it have to be a P or J? There are plenty of great basses with a P style pickup that have smaller neck profiles and body sizes.
  13. tomydacat

    tomydacat Supporting Member

    Jul 14, 2009
    Also check out a Schecter Model T... darn good player just like the P/J special
  14. verycoolname


    Jan 28, 2013
    Precision with Jazz neck.

    Orrrr, get an Ibby SR600 (or your model of choice), like I did. Great for a female with smaller hands (like me).
  15. Bassdirty


    Jul 23, 2010

    I know squier used to make one (as I own it), but now I "think" its just the cheaper still "affinity" series.

    But heck yea, slim neck..p bass tone..J pickup (if you ever wanted such a thing) :bag:

    Good to go

    YMMV and all that
  16. haystack55

    haystack55 Supporting Member

    Jan 16, 2011
    Houston, TX
    you might also consider the G&L SB-2. it's a P/J configuration and most of the ones you see have the #8 neck, which is jazz profile. added to which, the MFD pickups are wicked.
  17. Arial Bender

    Arial Bender

    Oct 28, 2012
    Largo Fla.
    Another vote for an Aerodyne, there's one on cl by me right now for 400.00 Of course I'm broke.
  18. Waldo19


    Jul 9, 2011
    Sounds like a used USA Peavey Fury (the one with P-bass pickup) would be a good choice. Can be had for under $200 and is basically a super thin Jazz bass style neck on a P-bass body with a p-bass pickup. They show up on CL and guitar center used fairly frequently.
  19. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member

    Is there a budget involved here?

    What about a Jaguar? Fender if you have the money, VM Squier if you don't.