Your preference, full or undersized jazz bass body?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MAJOR METAL, Mar 2, 2018.


Do you prefer the full or undersized jazz bass body?

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  1. Full

    27.9%
  2. Undersized

    60.5%
  3. Carrot sized

    11.6%
  1. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    For jazz basses, do you prefer a full or undersized body?

    I typically prefer undersized jazz basses, especially if it's a 5 string.

    For comparison, I will use these 2 gorgeous Sadowsky basses as examples.

    Full sized
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    Undersized
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  2. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    I guess this could also be considered an undersized jazz bass

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  3. I like full sized basses because I’m a full sized guy. Maybe even fuller sized than some.
     
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  4. hypercarrots

    hypercarrots

    Jan 28, 2009
    california
    hypercarrots size = smart size
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  5. I like the undersized.

    I remember I used to think the regular Jazz body looked good. Then I saw a Mike Lull modern vintage back in the late 90's. After that, the traditional Jazz body just looked "flabby" to me.

    Warmoth has a nice one called the Dinky J that I like, too.
     
  6. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    despite being in the process of getting a Peavey T-40 I'll contend my preference for small / light basses even tho I'm not in the lightweight division either, ultra comfort is the order of the day now and the classic '50s Fenders could always stand a little streamlining.
     
  7. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Full
     
  8. I think that's why I like the modern/undersized/dinky J style-- it maintains the overall look and shape of the originals, just with less "fat" around the edges.

    I thought Fender did a good job "trimming down" the P-bass shape with the old (90's-00's) Deluxe P. Unfortunately, not enough other people shared my opinion.
     
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  9. Bass V

    Bass V

    Dec 11, 2008
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    sleeker Fenders may not have gone over too well in the stodgy '50s, by the raging space age it was different and you'd think Leo would have jumped at creating a more modern look but maybe his pragmatism overruled the cost to retool. yet, we've done ok with it!
     
  10. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Yeah, I agree. Those modified Fender jazz shapes look awful to me.
     
  11. Herrick

    Herrick

    Jul 21, 2010
    Munchkin Land
    I like the sleeker Sadowsky. I didn't know they made a bigger-sized one.
     
  12. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    Full size for me please!

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  13. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    I like a Jazz that's 1.5" thick compared to 1-3/4" thick.
     
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  14. Mechayoshi

    Mechayoshi

    Dec 7, 2015
    Tennessee
    Taking a third option: the wierd 80s 'boner bass' size. Complete with the fade/burst finish please.
     
  15. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    Vermont
    Trimming it down was a good idea - as long as it hangs right.
     
  16. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    I have one - the body is pretty much the same size as a standard J, just a different shape to allow a full 22 fret fb/neck (no ramp). The only 'fade' it came in was a standard 3TSB. Same era Jazz Plus came in the "smoke" reversed burst.

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