Re: Jazz or Standard Bass

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Posted by Rob Perl on February 21, 2000 at 02:25:20:

In Reply to: Re: Jazz or Standard Bass posted by Kav on February 21, 2000 at 00:27:59:

: i have a question about this too... steve says that the jazz's got more
: tone options.... so i am wonderin what's the advantage of having a p-bass?
: thanks for your help.

Steve's right - you do have alot more tone options on a jazz bass. The Bridge pickup tends to get alot of midrange, which will give you some growl.
Another factor is the positioning of your right hand - you can pluck the strings between the pickups, giving you a very different tone.

The P Bass has traditionally been the Rock and Roll Instrument of choice; alot of producers want that muddy tone on the bass track. The unclear tone
can cover up poor technique, and even some occasional wrong notes. It also sounds tolerable when picked - some producers even prefer that sound.

I prefer the sound of a J Bass, though I'm not a big fan of Fender Basses. I saw a Dean Jazz Bass that played very well, but was priced very reasonably -
I've been recommending them to my students who would like to upgrade from a P Bass.

Anyway, that's my opinion. You'd be better off trying out some basses and seeing what sounds best to you, since you have to play it.

Good Luck,


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