Re: What's the difference?

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Posted by El Pájaro on June 25, 2000 at 09:53:57:

In Reply to: What's the difference? posted by Nate Zane on June 25, 2000 at 08:06:38:

: Hey everyone! I need to know what's the difference between a Jazz Style Bass and a Precission style bass? Thanks for your help....

: Nate

Hey Nate,
There's a lot to be told about the differences between the P and the J, two of Leo Fender's greatest inventions. The most obvious difference you'll note is in the body shape: more Strat-like in the P and slightly more "elongated" in the J. Then there's the pickup configuration: The P has a single double-coil pickup located somewhere in the middle of the body (in its original form, I mean; over the years Fender came to offer many variables on this), while the J has two single-coil pickups located one near the bridge and the other closer to the neck. Originally, their necks were different too: when the J appeared into the market (a few years after the P) it came with a thinner, flatter neck than that of the P, which was "meatier" and rounder.
These differences are a little bit obscured nowadays, since Fender and other manufacturers offer many variables on each model, and even some models that appear to be a mix of both. Anyway, the differences described above make for the different sounds of both instruments: earthier and rounder on the P and clearer and more detailed in the J.
This is just a basic explanation of the differences. Hope it helped.
Buena suerte and keep all of your basses up front in the mix,

El Pájaro.

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