When Precision vs Jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lowendfriend, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. I searched on this topic until blue in the pbass...

    Then it dawned on me that this might be a great forum to ask this question:

    You are at a jam or gig with a Fender Jazz and a Fender Precision bass. Both Am Std.

    Under what musical circumstances do you go more to one vs. the other?

    I have a Jazz with TI Flats and a Precision with Labella Deep Talkin' flats....yeah I'm a flats guy.

    I often at a loss as to which one to use when, despite very unique sounds and feels.

    What criteria might you folks suggest?

  2. Matt Dean

    Matt Dean Supporting Member

    Jan 2, 2007
    SF (North) Bay Area
  3. I prefer the jazz, but once the band starts up I often find the P just sits in better. Maybe I'll use the jazz whan there's more sonic space for the bass to come through. There is no hard and fast rule - just try both and see what works best.
  4. Jsn

    Jsn upright citizen

    Oct 15, 2006
    San Francisco Bay Area
    You might get a better response to your question if you posted it in the electric bass forums. This is the double bass side of Talkbass. Good luck!
  5. I would play them both. Every bass, every P, Every J, sounds, feels and plays different. By song 3 I would know which one was going to stay around my neck.
  6. zontar


    Feb 19, 2014
    Just try both.

    Some songs might benefit from the thinner neck at the nut on the J Bass, or other songs might be easier with more space on the P Bass.

    ANd of course the sounds affect it as well.

    Same thing when I switch guitars--what guitar sounds better for the song and do the size & shape of the neck affect how easy or hard it is to play.
  7. Tony Gray

    Tony Gray

    Mar 6, 2006
    I have 62 reissues for both. Even though they each have a distinctive sound, I don't think it makes any difference whatsoever.
  8. i have one of each (not the AM std's, but one of each none the less) and i pick up whichever one i feel like playing at the time. doesnt make much a difference which i play, and "play X for this and Y for that" doesnt really work for everyone. really both basses will fit in most band contexts equally as well.
  9. drurb

    drurb Oracle, Ancient Order of Rass Hattur; Mem. #1, EPC

    Apr 17, 2004
    Hello! This is the DB side, folks. :)
  10. Jeremy Darrow

    Jeremy Darrow Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    Nashville, TN
    Endorsing Artist: Fishman Transducers, D'Addarrio Strings
    It all depends on what kind of rosin you're using. Do you play German, or French?
  11. Jake deVilliers

    Jake deVilliers Commercial User

    May 24, 2006
    Crescent Beach, BC
    Owner of The Bass Spa, String Repairman at Long & McQuade Vancouver
    :D LOL!
  12. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Moved to BG.
  13. P: pop, rock, 4/4, straight ahead tunes
    J: Jazz-rock, anything uber-complex, bass solos,

    That's my suggestion. Bearing the above in mind it's more likely to be Pbass. Paul Turner of Jamiroquai uses both. It might be worth exploring his activities.

  14. Yep, personal preference. The only "must" for me with a P is reggae.
  15. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    I agree with this...
  16. bluesdogblues


    Nov 13, 2007
    As reluctant as I am to participate in this very thread initially, I can't stand to admit that - even if I only have Precision Basses - I myself often found myself in this situation. Mostly in the studio, where I can pick one of many basses available, other than mine.

    For me the story will always be the same.

    Initially, I always tempted to pick-up the Jazz(es), sometime even try it/them for minutes. Especially when they look, feel & sound good.

    But in the end it's always the Precision that I use for the session. Either mine or not.
    In my case, I think it's a matter of taste & habit, of mine or of producers who hired me.
    Very possible that maybe I'm (and/or they think I'm) better with the Precision bass for the job.
  17. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Supporting Member

    My answer: doesn't matter.

    They both sound good, there are absolutely no rules about when to use either one.

    Choose the one that moves you that day. Although they sound different, that just adds to the sound.
  18. metron

    metron Fluffy does not agree

    Sep 12, 2003
    Lakewood Colorado
    I've heard this before and interestingly the quintessential reggae bassist Family Man used a jazz.

    Anyway yeah personal preference but I gravitate toward jazz basses because they feel right in my left hand more-so than p basses. That said, I want one of each so I have the same difficult decision to make.
  19. Gaolee

    Gaolee It's all about the polyester

    I would pick up the P. Why? Orneriness. That's all.
  20. Jeff K

    Jeff K Supporting Member

    Jul 9, 2005
    Memphis, TN
    For me, I'm generally using the P for almost everything. However, if I have a particularly busy bassline, I'll grab the Jazz because of the thinner neck. Or if I feel that the song calls for the bark of the Jazz's bridge pup. I love 'em both though.