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Posted by M.R. on February 07, 2001 at 11:04:53:

I just started playing the bass after years of wanting to but never
having the gumption. I'm enjoying myself tremendously!
My question is this. What's the difference between a "jazz bass" and a "rock bass"?
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.)
Any information you have would be much appreciated. Thanks.

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