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Why is the Fender jazz bass more expensive than the precision?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MovingPitchers, Dec 25, 2013.

  1. It can't be that much of a difference that it has to be a few bucks more expensive (the jazz).

    Why is that?
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    It has an extra pickup, which requires extra routing as well.
  3. 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
    ... and they're just better basses.
  4. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    They are to some. I prefer the Precision but I do like those Jazz necks and sometimes I like having a rear pickup. Hate the extra weight, though.
  5. landau roof

    landau roof Reupholstered User

    Jul 29, 2010
    Downstate CA
    Price identical or even comparable aftermarket parts out, and the $50 cost difference that Fender asks is a relative bargain.
  6. IGotGas

    IGotGas Cajun Rocker Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2011
    Baton Rouge, LA
    And we must remember that one can never own TOO many P basses...
  7. boristhespider9


    Sep 9, 2008
    It must be the chrome control plate... which Fender still has difficulty aligning perfectly with the pickguard.
  8. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    extra pup, extra pot, extra rout that has to be clean (not bathtub like some neck routs), more shaving on the neck, marketed to the public as more tonally diverse than the precision
  9. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    All of this also equals higher labor cost.
  10. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    I was looking at Musician's Friend and don't really see a difference in the price of a P vs. a J. What am I missing.
  11. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    J basses are for fancy aristocrats in frilly shirts. P basses are for hand-handed workers in grimy overalls. Obviously.
  12. Dbt25677


    Jun 9, 2013
    Because they're better :bag:

    for srs: two pickups, more (sexy) contours and it has 3 unusual letters (J Z and Z).
  13. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    In general, the Jazz is regarded as a more evolved instrument—in form, ergonomics, and tone.
  14. eyeballkid


    Jul 19, 2009
    wes virginny
    Would you rather toke a J, or take a P?
  15. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    Well fine! I'll just pack up my frilly shirt (must be careful not to crease the poofy sleeves), tuck my pantaloons into my knee-high riding boots and mope back home to my be-tapestried castle where I shall agonize for hours over some bi-polar Lord Byron poetry while playing melancholic Morrisey tunes to the Lady In The Moon with my fruity Jazz bass! :spit:
  16. well in Canada
    MIM Precision is 579.99
    MIM Jazz is 599.99
  17. JTE


    Mar 12, 2008
    Central Illinois, USA
    So, $20C difference at retail for an additional pickup, the extra pot, wires, and routing? That's so small as to be meaningless! 3.3%

  18. They cost more to manufacture. It's that simple.
  19. EmptyCup

    EmptyCup Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2013
    Nashville Area
    ^ This made me laugh :D