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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by elavate7, Oct 13, 2010.
which are lighter, p basses or j?
All depends on the wood. I've had both heavy and light jazz and p-basses. My last P-bass was nice and light. The P-bass I had before that one weighed a ton. There is not set rule that one is lighter than the other.
I've played more lightweight P's than J's, but they all vary.
so is alder a heavy wood?
I can tell you that the lightest isn't the heaviest of the two.
P basses are 'generally' lighter. if you were to start out building either with the exact same wood, the jazz bass's body is a little bit bigger (and heavier) due to it being offset, the metal control plate, with an additional pot and knob, plus the extra pickup, all add to making it a bit heavier.
now when it comes to individual basses, i've had light and heavy versions of both, but genrally the p basses are lighter.
Nope, my Fender Jazz Hwy One was only 8.1 lbs and was Alder.
If you want a light bass, go with a Road Worn P. They are extremely light weight and fun to play!
aerodyne jazz bass is a P and a J and is VERY light
Jay turser Precision bass. I swear, the darn thing was made from balsa....
Yup depends on the body wood. My P pup BC Rich Eagle is very light due to mahogany body my fave body wood.
Yeah, but a P bass has metal knobs and a thicker neck, which probably offsets everything.
And the decal has more letters, making that heavier, too.
the early p bass knobs were very lightweight (chromed pot metal as light as the jazz bass phenolics) and, IME the neck size difference is neglible in adding any weight. p bass and jazz bass necks can vary from 1 lb 8 oz to about 1 lb 12 oz depending on the individual piece of maple's density.
Generally it's fairly light, but can be quite heavy. I had Warmoth make me an alder Jazz body a couple of years ago, and it weighs a friggin ton. Big disappointment.
Alder can be really light or it can be heavy, depending on the piece you get. The same goes with ash. I do know that alder is pretty soft so it gets dents easier than ash.
In my experience, Jazz basses seem to run about 1/2 lb heavier than Precisions, although the lightest J and P I've had weighed the same, 8 lbs.
I'd guess the lightest P out there weighs less than the lightest J.
My Danelectro Rumor P bass is by far the lightest bass i have ever owned or played.
...Even with being so light, it sounds great and is incredibly balanced. I'm surprised at how much of a 'true p bass' tone it gets.