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what is the difference between a fender p-bass and a fender jazz bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bcrpunk, Sep 14, 2002.


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  2. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    A Precision bass is very precise. A Jazz bass is a bit more jazzy, or snazzy.
     
  3. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    Ummm.....:)
    A jazz bass is the bass that you have to use when you play jazz, and a P-bass has been urinated on by Leo Fender himself.
     
  4. Man, Munji, wen are you gonna stop being an a**hole and let others be an a**hole once in a while? Sheesh, have some consideration for your fellow bassists.;)
     
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Well, there are several differences.

    The Jazz has an offset waist body, the P bass does not. This makes the Jazz body larger, and heavier.

    The Jazz has 2 single coil pickups, the P bass has one split coil humbucking pickup.

    The Jazz neck is narrower at the nut, and has a slightly shallower profile.

    The Jazz has two volume, and one tone control. P bass has one volume, one tone.

    The P bass has a one piece pickguard/control cavity cover. The Jazz has a small pickguard, and a separate metal control cavity cover.

    The Jazz has a little more tonal variety, but the P bass has one of the all time classic bass tones, used on more hit songs than any other bass.

    You can make a Jazz sound similar to a P(not exactly, though;)), but you can't make a P sound like a Jazz.
     
  6. Bryan R. Tyler

    Bryan R. Tyler TalkBass: Usurping My Practice Time Since 2002 Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    May 3, 2002
    Connecticut
    I was working on a serious reply with example pics, but Jeff's come to the rescue again. Thanks Jeff :)
     
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I was just lucky this time to be the one who had the first opportunity to pounce. Then comes Jeff, who took the whole thing seriously. Good job, anyway.
     
  8. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    :p

    I forgot the pictures!

    P bass

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    Jazz bass

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  9. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    You're SUCH a Boy Scout.
     
  10. bassmonkeee

    bassmonkeee Supporting Member

    Sep 13, 2000
    Decatur, GA
    hee hee
     
  11. a p-bass don't fall down when yuh lean it against yer amp.
     
  12. funkfish

    funkfish Guest

    Jun 20, 2002
    U.S., Princeton, NJ
    j-basses are undoubtedly cooler. duh.
     
  13. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sits better on a stand, too.
     
  14. But Jazzers have bette tone. (IMO, IMO)

    And all the cool people are playing them!
     
  15. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Now that's funny. Munji, again, you are king!
     
  16. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    Many of you may not know this, but the name of the Precision Bass comes from the fact that it has frets. Before electric basses showed up, the early rockers were using stand-up basses. When Leo and the guys developed the first widely-used electric bass, they decided to put frets on it, so you'd get a "precise" note without having to sweat exactly where you put your finger on the fretboard. (Of course, you at least had to be between the correct frets.) This is very true, and if you don't believe me, check it out.
     
  17. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    So then Leo Fender Invented frets for the bass... (acknowledging of course that frets were used for other instruments.)
     
  18. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    I didn't say that. I said he called it the Precision Bass because it has frets on it.
     
  19. Gabu

    Gabu

    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Ah... Okay.
     
  20. Leo didn't made the first fretted , stringed bass instrument.

    Check this out. :D

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    Bass viola de gamba. Develloped around 1600.
    It also usualy had 6 strings, so it's the first 6-string bass also. :p

    (I have to much free time :D )