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Hey guys. This may seem silly to some but can you give me a little run down on the key differences between the Fender Precision and the Fender Jazz basses?
Jim-Dandy said:Also, they sit differently in the mix. The P-bass occupies the low-mid portion of the mix with a very solid fat tone. It may not be overpowing on stage, but in the mix it just sounds right for all kinds of music. The J-bass seems to occupy more the low and higher (depending on note choice) portions of the mix with a thinner sometimes more nasally tone. On stage, I could hear it better, but it sometimes got lost in the mix more easily. The P thumps and the J growls.
I forgot about PJ basses! PJ basses are a good idea, but the trick is to get a good balance between the pickups. The P pickup has a much greater output than the J pickup, which needs to be taken into consideration and can be hard to manage. You basically need a very hot J pickup to match the P pickup. The Fender Tony Franklin P bass does this very well and may be worth checking out. I had the fretless version and it was one of my favorite basses. It could thump and growl with the best of them!
To the OP, have you tried Rickenbacker basses? They have a smaller neck, a slightly shorter scale, and seem to be more friendly to guitarists who are crossing over to bass. They growl too, different than a J but sound just as good. A Rick 4003 was my other favorite bass.
yep.So is the primary factor contributing to sound difference (P vs J) pickup type and placement?
nope.Is a Classic Music Man Stingray or Sterling closer to a P or a J?
This statement seems to suggest a difference in scale length between Jazz and P-basses. The distance (if this is what was meant by "reach") between frets is exactly the same, with both having a 34" scale length. The only difference is the width of the neck at the nut, and, for a period (70's?), the Precision bass had the same narrow width at the nut as the Jazz.The reach between frets is a bit longer on a P-Bass neck.
P necks tend to be for guys who want to wrap their entire hand around the neck. I can play either, but prefer a J profile. If a guy hates a J profile, he usually grips the neck like a baseball bat.