Posted by Mac on November 20, 2000 at 16:38:12:
In Reply to: Fender P-Bass vs Jazz Bass & playability posted by dm on November 20, 2000 at 14:42:29:
Yes, the Jazz neck is smaller. I think the specs are on the Fender website. If memory serves me correctly, the Jazz is 1.5" or 1.62" wide at the nut; the P-bass is 1.75" (I would look at the Fender site to confirm that).
There is a difference in sound. The P-bass has much more of a growl than a J-bass. But with a J-bass, you have more flexibility in sound. The P-bass pretty much gets that one rock'n'roll tone.
For the best of both worlds, check out some of Fender's newer products. There is a P-bass with a Jazz neck. It also has a P-J pickup combination for more sound variety. The P-bass Lite also has a smaller neck but also a smaller body.
Your other option is to look at other manufacturers. Ibanez Soundgear line of basses are a good value and the neck is "fast". They also sound pretty good with a lot of options and built-in preamps.
As far as inexpensive amps, there aren't many out there that have 100+ watts (what I consider the minimum for gigging). Look at the Crate BX100 and check out the Peavey amps. Another possible option are the Fender amps. If memory serves me well, all these amps offer a pretty good value.
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