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P-bass vs. Jazz bass???

I currenlty play a lefty P bass cpy, and am thinking about getting a Fender Jazz bass. I am very comfortable playing with the P style pick up, and was wondering, if it is hard to play a jazz bass. I'm speaking of, how the pickups feel under your fingers.
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3/31/2007 2:46 AM

Bruce Huntington (2750) wrote:

Steve, welcome to AB. Good to see you join the family.

About the Fender Jazz Bass, althought I play a P Bass, I have always wanted to play a Fender Jazz Bass. My friends who play the Jazz swear by them. It is all in the feel and I suggest that you go to a music store and check it out four yourself. No matter what, the bass will take some getting use to. I can't imagine that you won't love the Jazz Bass.

Bruce : - )



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3/31/2007 2:56 AM

Steve Szelepski (11) wrote:

Hi.
Thanks for the welcome...nice to meet you. My problem is, I am a lefty, so it is hard to find a bass I can play before buying. I have to get most of my stuff on-line.
How long have you been playing? Where ya from? wht music are you into?



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Re: P-bass vs. Jazz bass???

3/31/2007 3:30 AM

Michael Palazzo (97) wrote:

I would strongly suggest Jazz basses, as they are good for everything...
-They have a slim neck
-They have a better high/high mid range as comapared to the Ps
-Playing with the pickups feels no different as they're both as thin where your thumb should be, and same with your fingers
-Jaco Pastorius played a jazz bass, that pretty much speaks for itself



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3/31/2007 5:46 AM

Bruce Huntington (2750) wrote:

Steve, I was born lefty too, but my family got me to do most things right-handed. I always felt that I had an advantage playing a right-handed bass althought I am a lefty. My left hand does all the difficult stuff.

Anyway, if you can believe it, I have been playing bass for 43 years! I am still a professional musician playing in different groups. I play Western music and swing, plus Mexican music, Irish music, etc. in my main group. With another group it is jazz, blues, and Brazilian music. I also play as a volunteer in a big band that plays swing music from the 1930's and 1940's. My biggest love in music is jazz, classical, and the blues. Oh yeah, I now mostly play upright bass, although I still get back to my Fender P Bass from time to time. I live in San Diego, right on the beach. How about yourself?

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3/31/2007 7:32 AM

John Hann (2636) wrote:

Welcome Steve,

I play both and find that the Jazz bass is more playable and versatile. I don't think you will have trouble playing off the pick-ups...in fact there are more tones that you can get by anchoring off either the front or back pup.

However, I'm new to the P Bass and am completely taken by its power and substantial feel under both hands. It has become my main bass.

-jh



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3/31/2007 10:03 AM

Inactive Member wrote:

funny how tastes vary. had had both the p and j basses and i for about 5 years at the same time and i sold the p because i liked the j better. but the p bass has a deadly sound i just liked the feel of the j better. if i ever had a bass custom build it would have two j pups and a p pup in a jazz stle bass.



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3/31/2007 10:15 AM

Roger Gumbs (30487) wrote:

Todd, I like the playability of a jazz neck, and having two pickups....but the P sound is so much better to my ears. I've thought of getting a Graphite Jazz neck for my P bass.



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3/31/2007 11:20 AM

Brian Sharpe (21088) wrote:

Funny you mention the combination of j & p pickups, I agree that would be killer combination. I still haven't figured why Fender has gone to a humbucker with the p-bass pickup on the newer US Deluxe Precision.





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3/31/2007 11:39 AM

Ivan Thuringer (41017) wrote:

I tried the Deluxe Precision and it was totally killer. Great growl.





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3/31/2007 12:40 PM

DON SHAFER (7280) wrote:

Welcome, i own a 72 pbass and a 78 jazz. I cut my teeth on the pbass for many years. I love the growl of the Pbass, but for some reason i was drawn to the jazz. There are more tones lurking in the Jbass and it isn't a one trick pony. The j neck is alot easier to get around on. Go see if you can find a left. At Gc you get 30 days to try it out. If you don't like it, take it back. Good luck in your hunt. Don





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3/31/2007 1:22 PM

Inactive Member wrote:

why does anyone need more than one sound on a bass. i use my jazz bass on everything and no one has ever said can you get a different sound. i do however change my plucking hand position to get a different sound. i can see someone wanting a couple of different tones for finger style and switching to slap. i don't try to duplicate someones sound on covers we play , i use my own sound. never could figure that out. i'd be happy with one volume control and nothing else on my jazz, i play it wide open all the time.





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4/1/2007 6:59 PM

Jostein Toftebakk (769) wrote:

Exactly! It puzzles me why bass players go to such lengths to duplicate someone elses bass sound, even using digital simulation to get there. The people in the audience won't know the difference, they will only notice whether it sounds good or not.

I take a lot of pride in my bass sound and when I'm happy with it, I want everybody to hear it. :-)





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4/2/2007 9:52 AM

DON SHAFER (7280) wrote:

Hey Todd, i pretty much stay with one bass and don't even mess with front pu or back pu. both full on. i'll use my fingers or a pick and will move my positioning around. Even when i had an active bass, i really didn't mess with the controls. I iknow what i like and stay with it. Don



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3/31/2007 1:31 PM

John Hann (2636) wrote:

Right on in my book, and I haven't gigged with the P yet. I worry that my small, 41 year old hands, might be too beat by it in the long haul. I look at the J as a Bass GUITAR and the P as a BASS Guitar. I too love them both for different reasons.

-j



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3/31/2007 1:44 PM

John Hann (2636) wrote:

I must make the disclaimer that I in no way imply that a Jazz bass, is unbassly. I just play my J with a little more voice and articulation than I do with the P Bass (which I heavily thump upon).

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