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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stan_da_man, May 29, 2020.
With a body smaller than a Fender. What are my options?
Maybe Ibanez SR300? They have those coil tap pickups that operate in single or humbucker mode
Aren't they active?
Ah shoot. Yes it is. IIRC there’s an older SR with single coil Jazz style pickups, but can’t remember the model.
What about a GL L2000? Not exactly J pickups, but might get you in the neighborhood
Fodera Emperor J Classic (not sure about the nut width)
Peavey Millennium 4
Sandberg California TT (not sure about the body size)
I'm pretty sure that the Sandberg California has a 39.5mm nut width. I was expecting to get the same thing with one of their Electra TT's, but it came with a 37mm width (actually those listed widths are at their zero frets, not their nuts).
The strange part of my story was that the Sandberg site actually changed the spec sheet for the Electra TT to the accurate nut width after I bought my bass. Bit of a bummer, but the bass I received is pretty darn nice and sounds terrific.
The Schecter J-4 has a 38mm nut width - I have a soft spot for that label.
The PRS Kestrel is listed as having a nut width of 1 19/32", but I don't know how that converts to metric.
You're right, it is indeed indicated 39.5 mm on the website. I don't know why I assumed it had the same neck width as the Electra.
I could only geek out about them here because of the sort of switch-a-roo that happened with the Electra I bought. That width of 39.5mm is probably my very favorite under the sun - not too narrow and not too chunky-clunky. I though I was buying a nearly perfect (for me) J-bass with the Electra, which also weighs a super cozy 8.6 lbs.
I bought the bass on a clearance sale, so I couldn't return it. After thinking I'd been served a bit of a crap sandwich with this relatively skinny neck, I put my favorite strings on it, dialed in the action... and we've got some mad lust going on. Looking forward to shredding a gig or two with it somewhere down the road
The PRS is about 42mm, it’s just shy of 1 11/16 inch
-Warmoth build with a DinkyJ body. Many necks to choose from.
-Bacchus Jazz bass. Many models to choose from.
Overwater Scott Devine Jazz bass.
Fender Deluxe Suhr era 1996-2001 . Smaller bodies with larger single pole pickups. USA and Mex models. I have two USA versions, a fretted and a fretless, both converted to passive. I love them.
These specs are the exact thing I would be looking for if I was allowed to buy another bass....
Passive Warwick Corvette Standard. I know this listing is ended, but just to show that a fully passive version exists...
Warwick Corvette Standard 4 Passive 4 String Bass | Alto Music | Reverb
Lakland USA Series Darryl Jones DJ-4: 1.5" (38.1mm)
Lakland Skyline Series Darryl Jones DJ-4: 1.5" (38.1mm)
Lakland borrowed the basic Fender Jazz® body shape – which is their 44-60 model – and then, in their own marketing parlance, applied "more curvaceous contours and dramatic cutaways."
Since you didn’t specify a budget, Sadowsky...in passive mode. You can start with the new Metro Express line (under $1K) and go up from there. Also some nice pre-owned bargains out there.