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 Post subject: Jazz Bass Myth
PostPosted: February 12th, 2019, 3:42 am 
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I've almost exclusively played my P Bass this past year, and I read articles about the differences between the P and J, including one of Fender's site. Basically the articles said that Jazz Basses lack the bottom end of a Precision. So having left my Jazz to collect dust, I started internalizing those articles.

Sunday, I took it to practice. What a bunch of bull I'd bought into. It has a rich and full and deep bass. It is different from the Precision, but it's in no way lesser, just wonderfully different. I love the J neck width too.

So I've re-found my love for the Jazz.

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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Bass Myth
PostPosted: February 12th, 2019, 8:25 am 
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Reading vs. Listening :)


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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Bass Myth
PostPosted: February 12th, 2019, 9:01 am 
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J-meister wrote:
Reading vs. Listening :)


Exactly!


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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Bass Myth
PostPosted: February 13th, 2019, 12:59 pm 
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I have that exact same bass and it is my #1 out of 12 basses. Have you ever tried wiring the pickups in 'series'? Sounds great, like a beefier Jazz...somewhere between J & P.


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PostPosted: February 13th, 2019, 1:02 pm 
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J-meister wrote:
Reading vs. Listening :)



Yes indeed.

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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Bass Myth
PostPosted: February 13th, 2019, 2:05 pm 
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tallboybass wrote:
I have that exact same bass and it is my #1 out of 12 basses. Have you ever tried wiring the pickups in 'series'? Sounds great, like a beefier Jazz...somewhere between J & P.


That's a good idea, but I gotta tell you, the sound I got last weekend couldn't have been beefier. I can't wait until next practice this weekend.

I really have re-discovered my love for J Basses. I even had gotten to the point of thinking of selling mine. Sheee-it, that would have been a tragedy!


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 Post subject: Re: Jazz Bass Myth
PostPosted: February 17th, 2019, 11:30 am 
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They are different animals, but from a playing standpoint I much prefer playing a J and I've found you can get close to a P with a little EQing and approach. Any time someone says a J can't get that fat thump, I point them to John Paul Jones's lines in, "Ramble On". The implication I here, sometimes, is that J can't hold down the low end, which is ridiculous.


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