would a jazz bass be able to get these tones..

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by the overlooked, Jul 14, 2003.

  1. the overlooked

    the overlooked Guest

    Jun 8, 2003
    could a jazz bass be able to get a ton thats similar to a mix between the get up kids, the ataris, green day, and jimmy eat world?like emo/pop-punk kinda stuff? i like my basses kind of mellow, too.. so do you think a j bass would be a good choice for me?
  2. ghetto911


    Jan 28, 2003
    Spokane, WA
    Since no one else has replied, I guess I'll do it. Frankly, I think that a P bass may be a better choice, especially seeing as Mike Dirnt and the guy from Jimmy Eat World both use them. However, I play a jazz bass and have a small obsession with them. I think that a jazz bass would probably provide an acceptable tone for you. Since I can't know exactly what sound you are looking for, however, I would say that you need to go out and try a jazz bass. I also strongly advise you to try other basses, too, particularly a precision.
  3. fcoda


    Jan 23, 2002
    You could try a P/J bass - It should give you a P bass sound and with the J pickup you can dial in some other sounds - but you will not get a Jazz bass sound from P/J bass.
  4. steve-o

    steve-o Guest

    Apr 17, 2002
    i know that most of those people use a jazz..
    i use it and it works great

  5. Davehenning


    Aug 9, 2001
    Los Angeles
    I don't know about the videos or live, but those Jimmy Eat World singles certainly sound P-Bass to me.
  6. Stingray, the guy from Greenday has one.
  7. Its pretty even between P and J basses in punk actually, throw in a few Stingrays and a couple of others hear and there and you have everything. I personally would think that a J tends to suit a ska sound better than a P does, and a P works better for PUNK "punk", but both will do in either situation, and it is more down to playing preference due to the difference in neck-widths, etc. I'm gonna go for "try one of each and see what you prefer", you may even end up with something you didnt expect!

    [edit] p.s. Mike Dirnt from Green Day uses a mix between his Gibson Grabber, which he has had for donkeys years, and a couple of P-basses, and the guy from Jimmy Eat World, uses a P-Bass
  8. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
    Avatar Speakers Endorsing Hooligan
    In the Dookie days, he used a Gibson Grabber. Ever since the neck snapped on it, he has used a Fender P bass.
  9. Fleckbass211


    Mar 20, 2003
    My Room
    If your'e looking for that sound the Precision would be the best fit for you.

    It delivers that punchy sound that best describes what you're looking for.

    The 2 are wonderful basses though.

  10. MattFreemanRock


    Nov 30, 2002
    Who cares about the guy from greenday though?
  11. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
    Some people obviously do, who are you to criticize?
  12. Mike Money

    Mike Money Banned

    Mar 18, 2003
    Bakersfield California
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    I think Mike Dirnt is one of the greatest bass players in the punk world. He is up there with matt freeman.
  13. Usually...a P would be best for punk...but,in your case,if you want mellow sound...go for the jazz,actually...try both out and see what you like.

    Best wishes:)