#1
I love punk, and punk rock, and rock, and RATM/RHCP stuff. My local music store has both a Fender Standard (mexican) P and J bass. I love the J-bass. The punch is just so much better, and I much prefer the Jazz neck. The only problem is, my kind of music almost requires the P-bass. I've heard people say the P-bass tone isn't achievable with the J-bass, but I think I could do without, and I have so much more tone shaping with the J bass and my amp, that I could probably get it anyway. Is it really smarter to get teh J-bass? Or is the P-bass just something I should take because it will give me the sound I 'need'? Theya re selling for 369.95 each, so there is no extra money involved there.
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#3
I love P-basses. I love playing punk with my P-bass. You will NEVER get a P-bass sound with a Jazz

BUT

If you really dig the Jazz, BUY IT...despite the majority of punk players using P-basses, I know of a few who have nailed some REALLY nice punk sounds using a Jazz...Chris #2 from Anti-Flag (only on the Terror State, before then he used MusicMan, and now he uses P-basses), the dude from the Bouncing Souls, Matt Freeman also switches between P-basses and Jazzes from record to record...

To summarise...yes P-basses are probably the most popular punk basses out there, but if you really like the Jazz, then buy it - the P-bass sound isn't THAT essential to playing punk...
#4
In my opinion, the variety of tones you can get out of a jazz gives it the edge IF its between the two. However, as fake said, you can never get that exact P tone from a Jazz.

So yeah, go for Jazz, you'll get a decent Punk tone, and you can also get a decent tone for near enough anything else too.
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#5
you said you play a lot of RCHP/RATM they both use j-bass yes they are modded but you can still re-enact the tone
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#6
or you could just buy the p bass, and put the jazz ones in. or wiat you might need a new body for it cause the p/u are different shapes. or maybe just look into buy a jazz neck
#9
I like punk music and have a Jazz. I haven't had a problem yet. Go with the one that you want, or you'll end up wishing you'd got it.
#10
as stated, a Jazz can do Punk, just fine. i play in a Punk-A-Billy band and my Jazz does great. good Punk bass has more to do with the player, than the bass used.
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#11
find your sound. and ya know.. punk is slightly based on non-comformity. (i know im gonna get flamed for this, you guys seam to like doing that whenever i voice an oppinion on this forum)

go for the jazz, you obviously like it more. there lots you can do with a jazz bass to acheive a suitable punk sound, even if its not the p-bass sound.
#12
Chuck from Black Flag and Klaus Flouride from Dead Kennedys used a Jazz Bass on a number of occasions. Get the J-Bass.
#13
yeah i play punk, and i like thhe sound of the J-Bass better, of course right now im playing a BC Rich Warlock bass that has a P and a J pickup and i love it to death.
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#14
you dont need a certain bass to play a certain style of music. if you can play that style, the bass can do it too. granted, you may want a bit more low end or punch that comes with certain bass, but there nothing saying "this bass will prevent you from playing punk"
#15
J's and P's, despite having very different tones, are both good for almost any kind of music.

If you like the J, get the J.
#16
I join the J crowd. You can nearly get a P sound with the neck pickup and some EQing on your amp. The bridge is a bonus, and that punch is like getting kicked by a donkey.
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