#1
I am sure to get flammed for this, but what's the difference between a Percision bass and a Jazz bass?
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#3
Pickups I guess. Jazz also feels a lot greater in my opinion.
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#4
A precision bass has one pickup that's kinda split in half, and the strings are farther apart at the nut and first few frets.

A jazz bass has two skinny pickups, two volume knobs (which I hate with a goddamn passion) and the strigns are closer together at the first few frets than the precision bass.
#5
So why is there a difference? What type of music does each one cater to?
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Ampeg BA112 Bass Amp
#7
Delirium is right. You pretty much make the decision of which style you like better, and which one feels better and sounds better to you. When you buy a bass, just think of which one suits you best.

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#8
The Jazz is more versatile with the 2 pickups although many precision player would argue that the P is just as versatile if not more. The Precision finds itself at home more with rock/metal styles but I personally play Tharsh and use a Jazz and find it better since i go for a more growly sound. I did put Qaurter Pounders in it to get some more meat out the bridge pickup soloed. It's perfect now. Both pickups give is it as much low end as a B string.
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#9
If you suck and want a crappy bass buy a J Bass, if you are pretty good and want something that doesn't suck, get a P Bass.
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#10
Precision basses also have wider nut widths. Believe it or not, the Precision bass' pickup is a semi-humbucker (a single coil half-double wound with itself to cancel hum).
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#11
unless you're playing jazz, get a bass with P pickups
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#12
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If you suck and want a crappy bass buy a J Bass, if you are pretty good and want something that doesn't suck, get a P Bass.


wow, just wow....
quite possibly one of the worst answers i have heard on the bass forum
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#13
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If you suck and want a crappy bass buy a J Bass, if you are pretty good and want something that doesn't suck, get a P Bass.


Don't you belong in the pit?

to TS, don't listen to him, I actually love J-Basses and plan on getting one once I have enough money. I'd take it over a P-bass anyday.
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#14
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unless you're playing jazz, get a bass with P pickups


a jazz bass isn't just for jazz, idiot. it's just a name.
what if i built an acoustic guitar and named it the death metal?
#16
if you don't know wat to get then get a jazz and thank me later
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#17
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if you don't know wat to get then get a jazz and thank me later



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#18
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a jazz bass isn't just for jazz, idiot. it's just a name.
what if i built an acoustic guitar and named it the death metal?


Then I'd buy it for comic value.

But They're both good and each will get the job done. Really depends on which you like more. Nothing that hasn't already been said.
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#19
Funny....i prefer my P-bass to my J-bass when playing jazz...but a most other things i like my J better...lol
#21
American Jazz Basses have an amazing tone, are stupidly easy to play, super smooth, and frankly I love them. They have a smoother sounding tone. (I've only played the american series Fender, so can't comment on lower priced ones) They're also pretty versitile tone wise.

P-Basses also have amazing tone, but its more of a punch in the gut than the creamy smoothness of a Jazz. Like whats already been said it has a thicker neck that the Jazz but I still find them extremely easy to play.

And obviously thats all IMO to prevent flaming
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#22
A jazz bass has much more tonal versatility with it's two pickups and the ability to blend the two in infinite amounts, all the precision bass has is a tone knob, I have an American P-Bass though and love it to death, I've used it in loads of different styles from jazz to metal and I've found a tone that will suit.
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#23
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If you suck and want a crappy bass buy a J Bass, if you are pretty good and want something that doesn't suck, get a P Bass.

#24
Quote by foob85
a jazz bass isn't just for jazz, idiot. it's just a name.
what if i built an acoustic guitar and named it the death metal?