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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on February 07, 2001 at 13:41:35:

In Reply to: A very basic question posted by M.R. on February 07, 2001 at 11:04:53:

: Hi,
: I just started playing the bass after years of wanting to but never
: having the gumption. I'm enjoying myself tremendously!

Congratulations! Glad to hear you're enjoying yourself!

: My question is this. What's the difference between a "jazz bass" and a "rock bass"?

To be 100% honest, a bass is a bass. In theory, *any* bass can be used for any particular style.

In practice, though, it tends to be a bit different; the tonal quality of certain basses tends to be favored by players in particular styles, but there's nothing that says you *have* to play jazz on a Fender Jazz Bass, or that you *can't* use a Jazz in a rock band, for example.

: My bass is a Fender Jazz that I bought used (in quite good condition) from a friend.
: It's fine for now, but if I stick with this, I might want to upgrade in the future.
: Since I don't play jazz - and don't plan to start - I'm curious about the difference
: between the two types of instruments. Is there actually a physical/tonal difference,
: or is it more an aesthetic thing? Does one tend to be lighter/smaller than the
: other? (I'm not a very large bassist.)

A Jazz will take you as far as you ever want to go, to be honest; the late Jaco Pastorius - who was an absolute GOD on bass - used a Fender Jazz Bass that he defretted, put an epoxy finish on the fretboard, and blew the walls down forever!

The best advice I can give you about any bass that you'd ever want to upgrade to would be to *play* it, and make sure it feels right to *you*. These days, you can get a bass in almost any size and/or shape, and they can do almost anything short of wiping your butt for you.

Really. Trust me.

: Any information you have would be much appreciated. Thanks.

You're very welcome, and good luck on your playing! :-)


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