p bass and jaguar

Discussion in 'Bass Area; The Bottom Line' started by cchord59, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. cchord59

    cchord59 Member

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    I've joined a new band playing bass, and decided to get a new bass. I've got it down to a precision, or a jaguar. I haven't had time to go in and compare them. If I got a pbass I'd probably just get a mexican, and upgrade the pickups.

    I would love if I could get some responses on the difference in tone between the two.
    any thoughts?
    thanks
     
  2. TimmyP

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    I think the Jag is mighty ugly. If you are going to stick with a 4 string, I'd hop on eBay and get an 80's Japanese Precision or Jazz. USA quality (or better) for not much more than Mexican money. (Use the search terms MIJ and Japan*.)
     
  3. ghoti

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    I don't like either one that much...

    Jag for more tonal variety and a better sound IMO. P for a more traditional "thud" and a simpler setup.

    Play them both in shops...whatever you prefer is the right one for you.
     
  4. Bassomatic

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    The jag is very versatile for a Fender.
     
  5. KCWM

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    I prefer a p-bass in that situation.

    Of course, I just traded my p-bass for a jazz bass, and I'm much happier with the sounds of the J-bass over the p-bass. It obviously can't do the p-bass thing as well as the p-bass, but is more flexible, in my opinion, and is therefore a more preferable choice.
     
  6. tkozal

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    The jag is basically a variation on a jazz, two sc's, but some different electronics...you are in the age old bass player dilema of split humbucker versus two single coils, P type versus J type...play 'em
     
  7. Bassomatic

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    True, but the addition of the active electronics, when used, at least addresses the noisy part of the age-old dilemma.

    I think the jag looks cool as hell, and the one I played had a really nice, fast J neck.
     
  8. The Golden Boy

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    And that might just be the deal-breaker for someone who's normally a guitarist. That 1.5" nut width makes it so much easier to play- IMO. I've always struggled with the larger nut width on Ps.
     
  9. KCWM

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    you know TGB, that might be the reason why I never connected with my P-bass. It was a fantastic bass for a MIM Fender. As odd as it might seem to say, the neck played incredible, but I didn't like how it felt. I think you hit the nail on the head for me.
     
  10. RomanS

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    What about one of those P-Bass Specials (there is an inexpensive Squier model, and a very nice looking Fender Aerodyne version)? They have got the slim J-Bass neck on a Precision body, and combine a P-Bass split pickup (for the quintessential rock/country/soul-tone) with a J-Bass single-coil at the bridge (to dial in some treble and upper mids if you want to get funky).
     
  11. bostonwal

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    Get the jag because it looks great! and it sounds good. A little neck dive with the one that a friend of mine has though.

    You can get a fairly big bass sound from a Jazz single coil in the neck but you can't anywhere near the growl of a Jazz on a P bass. I think it's a no brainer that if you don't know what you want, go with the Jazz (or at least the Jazz style).

    the S1 switching is nice on the American Jazz basses - gets you a big bass sound in the realm of the P (but not just like the P). Amazing that the Jag doesn't have an S1 switch among all those switches.
     

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