#1
Hi. All the reviews I’ve read on the J bass say that it’s not suited for metal. Iv seem lots of metal bands e.g. The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Architects use them and their some of the most heaviest bands around. I want to know because i love the sound and look of J basses and toying with buying a standard Mexican model.
#3
I think many guitars are "suited" for metal based on their looks. What matters is if you can get the sound you want out of it and it plays nice.
#4
Jazz basses can do just about anything. And they actually CAN do anything with a pick up change
#5
Oh jeez. I thought this was a thread for Japanese basses not Jazz basses.
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#6
Jazz basses are fine. I mean, Frank Bello uses on and he sounds absolutely godlike.
#7
Frank Bello's is a P/J configuration, not your traditional Jazz.
No bass is better than another for any particular genre, it's all down to your personal preferences and your technique really.
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#8
I use the jazz for everything. It's my favorite configuration for metal/modern rock.
However, when getting a live gig: the style of player and his/her bass SOMETIMES makes a difference if you get hired. (fitting in the image) I am older (35) and I can't run around stage. I stand in next to the drummers hi hat and play with my bass held high. Luckily where I live; the bar bands usually don't care too much about the bassist's stage presence as it's usually country/classic-southern rock that the bar patrons want. But I auditioned for a modern rock outfit a la Alter Bridge style and was told I didn't fit the bands image. O.k I can't knock em. They make $$$ playing live.
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#10
i believe the guy from Oceano uses a jazz but i'm not sure.


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#12
Every other local metal (hardcore, deathcore, etc.) outfit where I'm at features a bassist with a Jazz bass. I can't go to a show without seeing a Jazz bass in action.

Yes, you can use a Jazz bass (like almost any other bass) in metal.
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#13
I personally prefer P basses over jazz basses, simply because of that P bass growl, but I feel I must post this

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I personally prefer P basses over jazz basses, simply because of that P bass growl, but I feel I must post this



+1,000

The Jazz literally is metal.
Not the element, but the genre. Like stated earlier; a Jazz configuration can do alot.
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I personally prefer P basses over jazz basses, simply because of that P bass growl


Same here, and I'm surprised they're not as prolific as Jazz basses, at least in my experience.
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Same here, and I'm surprised they're not as prolific as Jazz basses, at least in my experience.

You kidding man? I would say it's about 50/50 with P's and J's
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You kidding man? I would say it's about 50/50 with P's and J's


Where I'm at locally, I don't think anyone owns or plays a P Bass, or even anything with a P configuration. I have seen them much more when out touring and such. As a sample size, I'm just referring to my area, since it does seem like every metal band here plays a J Bass.

If I could have any bass for metal (as far as taste goes), I'd pick up a 5 string P Bass. I can hear the growl in my head already.
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#18
The P bass has a large and dedicated following.
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You kidding man? I would say it's about 50/50 with P's and J's

This, but for some reason Jazz's still seem to get more attention.

Just thought I'd throw it out there too: I know its about the pup configuration, but in that picture Rob's actually playing what looks like a modified Precision with J/J pickups. The pickguard is a dead giveaway.
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#20
It is a modded P, wouldn't be surprised if those J pickups were active.

Jazz basses will do anything though, just give it a decent amp to rumble through and don't eq it to death.
Saw a 'metal band' at a bar which holds around 40 people max, bassist had a fender P bass deluxe P/J configuration, ampeg head with two 4x10 cabs and you still couldn't hear him. No clue about EQ, which just proves you can have all the gear and no idea.