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Re: jazz bass vs. normal bass?

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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on September 05, 2001 at 10:04:22:

In Reply to: jazz bass vs. normal bass? posted by Austin on September 04, 2001 at 16:46:56:

: Hey, as you see, I'm new here. And I'm also new to electric basses. Now I know that to advanced bass players this may sound verry ignorant. What is the diffrence between an electric 'jazz' bass and a normal electric bass? yeah, well thanks. -Austin

Well, if you're talking about Fender's classic Jazz Bass - as opposed to the earlier Precision Bass - it had a tapered neck profile, an offset body, and 2 single-coil pickups, as opposed to the P-Bass's single split humbucker.

If you're thinking about something more general, there's not necessarily *any* difference, but there's not necessarily *not* any difference, either.

Generally, jazz players will use instruments that have the maximum possible amount of tonal flexibility, since jazz bassists will tend to concentrate a lot more on soloing in performance - and *needing* tonal flexibility - than happens in other musical styles. Usually, the instruments will have 2 pickups (sometimes 3), possibly active electronics, exotic tonewoods, etc.; there aren't too many jazz players who use a P-Bass.

I don't know if that answered your question, but I hope it helps! :-)


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