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what is making my bass "feel weird" to play

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by rynb15, Jul 30, 2012.


  1. rynb15

    rynb15

    Feb 5, 2011
    St.Louis
    So my main bass for the last few years has been a 05 mim jazz standard. This bass is fine. Now I also have a 99 squier p bass special. I dug it out of the basement last week. Put in new basslines quarter pound pickups and it sounds way better. This bass being the special has a jazz neck on it. Now i have set it up as best i know(watched lots of u tube videos.) I just feel like i cant move up and down the fretboard as fast as I can on the jazz. I first i though it was just in my head, but i will go from one bass to the other playing the same song and now i know its really happening. They have the same strings,action same height, truss rod straight. Is it just the quality between squier and MIM? or am i missing something else. Thanks guys.
     
  2. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    How is the back of the neck? Is it glossy or satin smooth? I'm not familiar with these 2 model basses, but that could make a difference, at least to me.
     
  3. randysmojo

    randysmojo

    Jan 14, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Might also be that you have the level of the strings pretty close per measurements, but the nut is cut deeper inn the jazz, so there isn't as much effort involved in pushing the strings down. If the nut on the Squire is holding the strings higher off the first fret than the MIM, that would be my first guess.
     
  4. rynb15

    rynb15

    Feb 5, 2011
    St.Louis
    I thought of that as well. The squire P is satin the jazz is glossy. Myabe ill refinish it, see if it makes a difference.
     
  5. BurningSkies

    BurningSkies CRAZY BALDHEAD Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2005
    Seweracuse, NY
    That. And quit leaving your bass in the basement. :atoz:
     
  6. jlepre

    jlepre Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2007
    Parsippany, NJ
    Well if the Jazz is glossy, and you have no problems, I wouldn't finish the other neck to make it glossy too. That's JMHO
     

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