Re: A very basic question

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Posted by immu on March 12, 2002 at 01:15:56:

In Reply to: Re: A very basic question posted by Mickster on February 07, 2001 at 16:44:21:

: : Hi,
: : 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.

: Hey M.R. What's up? I like that word gumption. O.K., while Fender has made a
: two pickup bass called the "Jazz Bass" since 1960, it was just a name Leo Fender
: (all bow their heads) gave to his new deluxe model. The bass that started it all
: was called the Precision bass, so named because Leo was quoted as saying that
: now bassists can play with precision, because this new instrument had frets like
: a guitar.(as opposed to upright basses which do not) Now that we have the names
: out of the way, there is no actual "Rock" or "Jazz" bass, you use whatever you
: want, although some basses seem to fit the jig saw puzzle of musical styles
: better than others. Remember though, it's all subjective. Your opinion is as
: good as anyone elses. While alot of electric Jazz players do use the Jazz bass,
: it's always been very popular in country music, and about tied in Rock with the
: Precision. The basic differences are: A Jazz bass can produce a throatier tone
: due to the second pickup by the bridge. With a Jazz, you also have the option of
: using either pickup alone, or both together. While using just the neck pickup
: on a Jazz bass can get you in the area of a Precision's tone, it never really
: gets the warm punchy percussive tone a Precision produces. A Jazz bass also has
: a thinner neck(at the nut) and an asymetrical body when compared with a Precision, although it takes some people a while to identify them by sight. After you can, that and a token will get you on the Subway. One *EXCELLENT*
: feature about owning a Jazz or Precision, is that the necks and bodies are interchangeable. You can also buy an after market Precision body from a few
: different manufacturers that has a Jazz pickup added by the bridge just like
: a regular Jazz bass. You can also get a fretless neck if you ever feel the need. Another thing is that with either bass, you can replace the original
: factory pickups with either hotter sounding Fender pickups, or choose from
: a bunch of other manufacturers. Most of them will drop right in to your bass
: with no modification at all. Go to to see all the Fender basses.
: There are other models such as the Stu Hamm and Roscoe Beck. Fender also makes
: alot of different versions of the Jazz and Precision. Check it out. Finally
: they both weigh about the same; then again, you can buy replacement bodies made
: of different woods which change the tone of the bass to varying levels.

: Welcome to bass playing, enjoy,
: Mickster

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