Re: Jazz bass/Precision bass? (Followup question)

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Posted by Brak on December 28, 2000 at 10:17:49:

In Reply to: Re: Jazz bass/Precision bass? posted by El Pájaro on December 28, 2000 at 06:57:05:

Thanks for clearing this up for me.
One thing I still don't get though... The Dann glenn bass I wrote about have no pickups at all (well ordenary ones I mean) but it's still considered a J-bass. So my followup question is, is the two pickup system required for a bass to be labeled J-bass, or is it just one of the things that makes up a J-bass but doesn't have to be there.


: :
: : : 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.

: : Brak,
: : 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!

: : -Bob

: Hey there,
: Skip's right, although I'd like to add a couple of facts: traditionally, the most obvious difference between J's and P's was the pickup configuration: two single coils on the J, one split coil humbucker in the P. Given that fact, the difference in sound is pretty much evident (meatier and earthier on the P; edgier and more articulated on the J).
: However, body and neck dimensions were an issue, too. Early P bass necks had more of a "baseball bat" feel to them, while J necks were thinner at the nut and flatter (read: faster) all the way through.
: Their bodie shapes were different, too: the J was something more "elongated", while the P was more guitar-like.
: These days, though, most boundaries between the two are somewhat blurred. Body shapes remain pretty much the same, but neck profiles and electronics configurations went through many changes.

: Hope this helped,

: El Pájaro

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