Really, a sound difference between yamaha TRBJP and TRBJP2?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bzmnt, Oct 20, 2011.

  1. bzmnt


    Aug 29, 2010
    Hi folks,

    I know these Yamahas have been discussed much on talkbass and I did find something with the search but since I know there are many fellow bassists who have had both these instruments, I am asking whether there is a significant sound difference between these basses?

    John's sound has changed at the same time he made the switch from JP to JP2. On the newer albums it's much softer than before but I also have read that he's changed to half-round strings and probably just rolled down the treble a bit too :)

    The clips on youtube of the JP2 I've seen have shown that JP2 can sound fantastic but does it have the same aggressive kind of tone that's audible on many clips with TRBJP or older TRB6 (with narrow pickups, mid 90's)? I know the preamp is a bit different and the mid control is sweep rather than 3-way.
  2. bzmnt


    Aug 29, 2010
    Bump for different-than-europe time zone TRB specialists :)
  3. Ogge


    Oct 17, 2009
    I'm extremely qurious about this to. For the moment I have a JP2 which I love, but the more I listen to videos with the JP1 I start to think that one would fit me even better soundwise. I really like that edgyness, like in this video: Debra Killings 03 - Surrender - YouTube

    I also have short fingers so I guess 34" scale would fit me better than 35" too.

    Please if you have experienced both basses, share your thoughts!

    Cheers //Oskar
  4. bzmnt


    Aug 29, 2010
    Well, since my first post I've managed to find a JP, and it really does have an aggressive character in the lower register, if you want to. Very nice sounding indeed. But I still haven't played a JP2 so I can't tell and I haven't gigged with the JP yet. I've never even seen one.

    But the slightly mellower sound of the JP2 is very nice indeed, I just heard Patitucci live and the sound was clear and punchy with a great bottom end.
  5. Phil Smith

    Phil Smith Mr Sumisu 2 U

    May 30, 2000
    Peoples Republic of Brooklyn
    Creator of: iGigBook for Android/iOS
    I have the TRBJP2 and previously had the TRBJP1 and there is a difference in the sound of the two basses. You can dial in a "phatter" sound with the TRBJP1 than you can with the TRBJP2. At least that was my recollection, it's been a couple of years since I had them both at the same time.
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