Which bass has Fender sold more of?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Warpeg, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    Please don't confuse this thread with an attempt to open a Jazz vs. Precision debate. Quite simply, I'm just curious which of the two models has sold more throughout the decades. Theories? Facts? Assumptions?
  2. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Assumption: P bass by a long shot.
  3. Warpeg


    Jun 20, 2005
    I worked at a music store from 2001 to 2006. We sold roughly 2 Jazz Basses to every 1 Precision bass. But, that's just a small chunk of these bass's timeline and in a small part of the world.
  4. Probably a lot of Precision and Jazz basses.
  5. Handyman


    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    The Fender Performer, of course!
    (OK, maybe not, but I needed an excuse to post this picture)

  6. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin'

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    Around here, all you see are Jazz basses (myself excepted: check out avatar). It seems like every body plays a Jazz through a Peavey, and they all sound alike. Me, I played 'em too, until I got my hands on a Precision.

    Other places, other times: I have read that the P outsold the J into the early '80s, but I have no idea where that factling came from. Fender has long been cagey about production and sales numbers, and Fender is the only one that knows.

    Of course, the P got a 10-year head start on the J.:eyebrow:

    Me, I have owned 0 Jazz Basses and 5 Precisions, so I have probably skewed the averages quite a bit.:D
  7. Batmensch


    Jul 4, 2010
    Media, PA.
    Not a scientific study by any means, but I see way more Precisions in use by bands I've seen on TV than any other, the Jazz would be second. I'd be curious to see some actual statistics from a reputable source, though.
  8. my gut tells me precision, my heart tells me jazz.
  9. Back in the late '60s (when I started playing) and well into the '70s I think most guys were buying Precisions. As I recall it was pretty common to go into a shop and see the same Jazz basses hanging on the wall for months while the Precisions seemed to turn over pretty regularly. My guess is that may not be the case over the last 20 or so years. As to which has sold more over the years I would guess the Jazz with as many players as there are now and I think it's a more popular bass these days.
  10. Old Fart

    Old Fart Supporting Member

    Mar 11, 2011
    I played throughout the seventies. At that time, the P was the workingman's bass. The Jazz was considered to be much fancier. Glitzier. More expensive. I'd hazard a strong guess that P's outsold J's by a substantial margin at that time. In fact, I've heard that P's outsold J's from the early fifties into the early sixties. ;)
  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I think that in the past, the Precision was much more popular. I think that in the last fifteen or twenty years, Jazzes have become more popular. I think the P-bass is currently making a comeback.
  12. mcarp555

    mcarp555 Guest

    Jul 14, 2013
    I'll bet sales of J's were pretty flat until 1960 or so... :rolleyes:
  13. Yeah, no stats to back up my claim, but I would have to go with the P - and by a long way.....:D
  14. mrbell321


    Mar 26, 2012
    N. Colorado
    It's interesting how many say Jazz. In my experience, it's not even close! If I were to walk into any music or pawn store in my area or do a search on my local craigslist, I would find P-basses out number J-basses by at least 10 to 1. I might even venture to say that Jaguars, Telecaster, and Mustangs each individually outnumber Jazzs around here.

    Maybe people hold onto J-basses so they don't show up on the used market? But that seems statistically unlikely....
  15. Immigrant

    Immigrant In Memoriam

  16. bassistjoe93

    bassistjoe93 Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2011
    Probably Precision... Only because you don't have to buy 5 Jazz basses to get the "right" one! :D
  17. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    In LA there is a lot of bass diversity, it's seems like people are trying not to play a jazz or a precision, but i'd say i've seen more jazzes overall in the last three or four years
  18. Jookbox

    Jookbox Registered Drummer

    Mar 16, 2006
  19. bobbybass85

    bobbybass85 Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    I feel like when you are only looking at Fender basses, probably P-basses. In the world though I think the Jazz is the most widely used when you include other companies like Sadowsky, Lakland, Mike Lull, Valenti etc.
  20. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland

    Feb 11, 2003

    My guess P-Bass.
    The Jazz got hot in the mid to late 80's. ( Jaco Marcus)
    And was strong till say 2005.
    Then the P-Bass came back again.
    From the late 50's to late 70's it was all P-Bass.