Posted by Emptyeye on December 28, 2000 at 12:58:33:
In Reply to: Re: Jazz bass/Precision bass? (Followup question) posted by Mickster on December 28, 2000 at 12:43:33:
: : 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.
: Brak, that's a very good observation.Basically, a bass is referred to as a "Jazz", if its pickup configuration and/or body shape fairly closely
: resembles an original Fender Jazz bass, but, as El Pajaro said, the lines
: which distinguish it are of late getting blurred.Bassist Victor Wooten
: had a bass made which looks like a big banjo, but, its pickups resemble
: regular Jazz pickups, so most people would refer to it as a custom bass
: with "A Jazz set-up", meaning the pickups.The Rennaisance Guitar Co. makes
: a bass which very much looks like a Jazz bass, but, if purchased as the
: basic model, has no visible pickups.What it has are piezo pickups in the
: bridge.So exactly what costitutes a Jazz bass is pretty much a matter of
: opinion, although, I'd say it's more based around the pickups as opposed to
: the body shape.A Musicman bass' body looks reasonably like a Jazz bass, though
: nobody really refers to it as a Jazz bass with different pickups.Good question.
: Hope this helped,
There's also neck length (Which might have been talked about earlier). A Jazz bass'
neck is 1.5" wide at the nut; a P-bass about 1.75" (That quarter inch means alot from
what I've heard). That may have something to do with it too, but I really don't know.
On a side note, hey Mickster, I picked up Fretless J-Bass for $350 at a music store
around here. Wow. What a cool sound for the price. It's gonna be interesting to see
what happens when I get my 6-string back (I couldn't get to it before school let out
on Friday...I'm on break until the 8'th of January. Doh!!)...
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