Re: Jazz bass/Precision bass?

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Posted by Bob 'Skippy' Blechinger on December 28, 2000 at 06:42:14:

In Reply to: Jazz bass/Precision bass? posted by Brak on December 28, 2000 at 04:44:12:

: Ok, so this may be a lame question, but here I go;

: What exactly is the difference between a P-bass and a J-bass?
: I've always thought it was that the J-bass had those two thin pickups and P-bass had some other pickup configuration. But I got suspicious when I was surfin' on Dann Glenns page and saw that he called his bass a J-bass, eventhough he uses that new LightWave system on it, which leads me to belive it must be something else involved in the mix when saying it's a J (or P) bass.

: Help me clear this out. Thank you.

The P-bass was Leo Fender's original electric bass, back in the early 1950's; the J-bass came along about 10 years later or so.

Traditionally, the J-bass has 2 thin pickups, and the P-bass has had the split humbucker. These days, though, just about every possible combination of P and J pickups is showing up on basses.

Hope that answers your question!


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