Posted by Kent on February 23, 2000 at 16:55:47:
In Reply to: Jazz or Standard Bass posted by Allan on February 20, 2000 at 19:19:46:
That's a great question and I urge you to play both. Here's my 2 cents. I have quite a quiver of basses (expensive and cheap), but I always go back to the bare-bones...Fender or Music Man. Why?...they just sound more like a "Bass".
There are both tone and physical differences between the two.
Tone- The jazz bass offer two J style pickup with generally are more suited for mid0range type of growl. The P-bass is a more full-low end rumble stick. You can get a p-bass with a P style neck pick-up and a j style bridge pick-up. When talking about tone, it's important to remember that an individual can vary their own tone by changing hand position, muting, strings, and finger movements.
Physical- The greatest benefit a Jazz bass gives me is the small neck. It's easier to manuever around the neck so your fingers don't get so worn out. The p neck is fairly bulkly. Jaco actually used a p neck on his Jazz bass when practicing.
Overall, I like the tonal ability of a Jazz bass. I would recommend an Amer Stan Deluxe Jazz. It retails for around $1000, but you can easily get the sales guy to $625. If not, email me and I'll do the negoiating for you.
p.s. I hate to be so biased, but stick with Fender. In the LONG run, it's a very durable instrument and techs usually perform better work on "standard" issue instruments.....or, or course, you can go with a "custom..Fender styles" through Mike Lull, Roger Sadowsky, or even Don Grosh.
p.p.s I forgot to mention, it also has to do with YOUR style. Kinda weird, but Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam used a Jazz bass and Rocco Prestia from Tower of Tower used a P-bass. Kinda odd...those guys should switch instruments. oh well, works for them!
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