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P vs. J bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by parksung, Apr 22, 2009.


  1. parksung

    parksung

    Sep 2, 2007
    how would you define the differences (other than physical) between these two basses? i'm new to bass and trying to get some bearing....and decide which bass to buy (these among others)
     
  2. PBass101

    PBass101

    Jul 3, 2008
    Illinois
    #1 rule of bass buying - don't base your decisions on word of mouth. Get to a music store and try multiple basses, and buy the one you like the best.

    You'll discover the sonic differences between a J and a P pretty quickly.
     
  3. superfunk47

    superfunk47

    Sep 9, 2007
    You've been here for a year and a half and you're new to bass?
     
  4. serein2j

    serein2j

    May 25, 2008
    Austin, TX
    please go play yourself and PLEASE use search
     
  5. parksung

    parksung

    Sep 2, 2007
    if you really need an explanation, i was here awhile ago exploring options before deciding to drop drums for bass

    so, yes, i'm new to bass. good enough for you? do you want to try to answer the question now? :p
     
  6. PBass101

    PBass101

    Jul 3, 2008
    Illinois
    We did already - play some basses! A Jazz bass can create all kinds of different sounds, as can a Precision. Listing and describing them all would take forever.
     
  7. parksung

    parksung

    Sep 2, 2007
    i get the message! ;) that comment wasn't directed to you but thanks for the input
     
  8. Linkert

    Linkert Guest

    Oct 24, 2006
    Other than physical.. Hm.. They sound different? It's all physical other than that ;)

    Edit: it's the physical that makes the difference.
     
  9. PBass101

    PBass101

    Jul 3, 2008
    Illinois
    We could have thrown you a curveball and described the tone of a typical P/J! :p

    Nobody's trying to sound rude, but there are Jazz basses than sound different from other Jazz basses. Same with Precisions.

    How many different models have you tried out? What did you like/dislike about them?
     
  10. FenderP

    FenderP Supporting Member

    May 7, 2005
    I think this is thread 100001 on this topic. As everyone else has said, try to see which one you like both in terms of feel (the P and J are very different especially neck) and tone.

    You can't go wrong with either. It's all personal preference.
     
  11. experimental bassist

    experimental bassist

    Mar 15, 2009
    OMFG I have to wipe the coffee off my monitor I spewed after seeing that comment.


    Anyway, to the OP, P basses hit in the gut and can sound anywhere from Motown to Iron Maiden. J basses go Reggae deep to Geddy Lee high. Try several examples of both like others have said.
     
  12. Linkert

    Linkert Guest

    Oct 24, 2006
    J basses go funky, jazzy, metal, anything.. same with p-bass you can do anything with it..
     
  13. Stealth

    Stealth

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    Try the P. Try the J. Try the P/J. Then pick your favorite.
     
  14. Korladis

    Korladis Banned Supporting Member

    Generally I like J-basses more than P-basses, by a large margin, but it's up to you. Try a bunch of basses. Buy what you like best.
     
  15. woffle

    woffle

    Mar 26, 2008
    Buy BOTH
    Woffle
     
  16. jufros

    jufros

    Nov 24, 2008
    P Bass: less "tone" and more balls.
    J Bass: more tone, versatility, less punch than the P.
    P/J: totally depends on whether its active or passive IMO.
     
  17. Linkert

    Linkert Guest

    Oct 24, 2006
    No, that quality is up to the amplifier. edit: and the player.
     
  18. jufros

    jufros

    Nov 24, 2008
    Haha I was more referring to how favoring the bridge or neck on a passive sounds different from doing the same on an active.
     
  19. maxbass

    maxbass

    May 22, 2002
    Milano Italy
    Jazz bass if you play jazz music
    Precision bass if you play precison music
     
  20. BassBob185

    BassBob185

    Oct 25, 2007
    Rocking Chair
    SXs are cheap so buy a P and a J, problem solved.
     

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