Squier Jaguar Bass SS single humbucker vs PJ

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hardbassjunkie, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. Hi everyone,

    A friend of mine is looking to buy a Squier Jaguar SS single humbucker bass but I am wondering if there is any difference from the PJ one. I know that the PJ is probably more versatile but I am wondering more if there is a difference I quality or any other notable difference.

    Thanks all!
  2. CallMeAl

    CallMeAl Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Ask your friend if they like the sound of a precision or a stingray. Quality and feel will be about the same.
  3. He is definately a big musicman fan. Was hoping for a short scale but looks like the HB specials are all long scale
  4. CallMeAl

    CallMeAl Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Guess it’s a trade off then. Those SS PJ jags are killer
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  5. They do say super ultra easy play neck, lol not sure what that means relative to other necks
  6. Is the Jag single humbucker not a full 34" scale? I thought the Jag Short scale (I`m guessing thats the one you mean) was only available as a P/J?
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  7. And I

    And I Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    I have a Squier Jag HB. It's kind of a one-trick pony but it does that one trick really well... great music-man-like tone, very high output, the stock preamp is decent. the neck doesn't have a glossy finish, that might be what "ultra easy play" means. and it is 34" scale
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  8. What do you think of the neck?
  9. And I

    And I Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2009
    Witchtown, MA
    I like the non-gloss finish and it does play pretty easy. I'm primarily a 5 string player though so not the best judge perhaps.
  10. orichtvuna


    Jun 18, 2016
    I had the Ss and two of the pj's. The pj's took the ss to town for playability and variety, and général feel of quality. On the other hand, I held on to the ss throughout school, a spray paint punk finished, a de fretting, and a smashing. I played the crap out of that awful thing, so it can't have been that bad, though it's definitely trash now. My buddy said he was thinking of restoring it..
    If I was to buy another one, it's definitely be a pj. Best bang for your buck you can get in a cheap fender style bass.
  11. FACF4771-A894-47F6-8E04-F25CCDDDF9B9.jpeg I think I have a decent handle on the differences at this point. :)

    The humbucker equipped version has a completely different preamp than the P/J version, with a sound much like a StingRay. It isn’t a vintage Fender sound... but I am surprised at how useful that sound is, and how well it sits in a mix for a number of songs that I would have thought would have been appropriate for either a P or a J bass. It has opened my eyes to its general usefulness. And I’m really happy with having bought it.

    The P/J model with the active bass boost has given me some problems in the last week. The bass began to “stutter” with a machine-gun like effect after playing for a short time, and it did so through every amp, every wireless system, and every instrument cable I have (even the Canare cables with Neutrik plugs - both of them). It also started eating 9 volt batteries quickly. So, today, I did the mod shown on this YouTube video:

    I’m still evaluating the results tone-wise, but it seems to be a worthwhile improvement. Totally reversible, if I wish. 20 minutes of work solved the stuttering and eliminated battery dependency, at the expense of the bass boost circuit that I didn’t find useful. I may decide to replace the tone pot with a push-pull DPDT to provide an active/passive switch, but for now, I’ll let it be.

    The necks on both models are just about the way I like them. Great playing and good sounding basses, for not a lot of coin. :thumbsup:
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