Precision Bass vs Jazz Bass (Comparison, Explanation)

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These are the world’s two most famous basses. Ever since the beginning, The P bass and J bass have been rocking the stage and studios. Each of them is a grea…
Vanja Djujic Bass-Guitar Recording – A little mess – Fender Squier Jazz Bass, composed by Konstantin Mechteridis, produced by Martin Barman.

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Great video

Written By Morrisman Smith on April 27th, 2014 @ 8:07 am

I had a jazz bass with p n j pickups and i play really hard and with a pick
mostly it is not good for hard players it kept distorting for me until i
played lighter so ya

Written By HeavyandMetal431 on April 27th, 2014 @ 8:14 am

Man I really hate to come off like a dick, but if you’re going to make an
authoritative video like this you should really step up your playing. You
made both of those basses sound like dog shit being played through a tin
can. You seem like a really nice guy, but you should put worrying about
gear on hold and just learn how to make the sound coming out of your
fingers better. 

Written By endocry on April 27th, 2014 @ 8:34 am

u cant play anyway

Written By Ricky Braun-Weiß on April 27th, 2014 @ 9:28 am

The Affinity series is the very bottom end of the Squier line for Fender.
They have a horrible habit of the necks twisting and warping. You said
that “5 string basses are designed for metal”. This is sadly incorrect, as
you see many players in Jazz, Country, and Blues using 5 and 6 string

Written By spellslinger on April 27th, 2014 @ 10:11 am

Just so you you know, it’s not the first electric bass with frets, but it’s
the first that sold a decent numbers of it’s kind.

Written By FRANKY C on April 27th, 2014 @ 10:42 am

Dude. you can’t compare Fender P&J without Fenders, despite your claims to
the contrary

Written By Mark Seaton on April 27th, 2014 @ 11:08 am

I have a modified precision bass with an added pickup for jazz and a lever
that takes the E string directly to D. Very useful. 

Written By Toxic Potato on April 27th, 2014 @ 11:39 am

When you started playing it made me think that this is some elaborate but
ingenious comedy sketch. Im still not sure.

Written By Kevin salcido on April 27th, 2014 @ 11:50 am

I kinda was disappointed when you started playing

Written By Sasa Milosevic on April 27th, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

Well, my friend, everything is ok. with this video, except your playing.
So, less talk, more practicing would be nice.

Written By Vanja Spirin on April 27th, 2014 @ 12:36 pm

For best results try the Fender Aerodyne. Best of both worlds on a Jazz
body and killer looks. 

Written By Vivek Venkateswar on April 27th, 2014 @ 12:45 pm

“the story of the name p-bass is varied,” no “p” is the first letter in
“precision” I thought that was obvious

Written By Andrew Evans on April 27th, 2014 @ 1:13 pm

u know too much that u forgot to give it more time to play on it 

Written By Red Northern on April 27th, 2014 @ 1:56 pm

I’ve been planning on getting a P+J bass and I think this will help me with
setting up the bass to play, and having the volume for the two pickups set
right c:

Written By ColinDJPat on April 27th, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

Nice comparison. I’ve been enlightened. I have a Stagg brand music man copy
and IMHO sounds as good as the squire basses.

Written By Jason Allison on April 27th, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

so everything about the basses was the same, except for two of the three
main things that can change the tone. Brilliant sir 

Written By M Thompson on April 27th, 2014 @ 2:56 pm

so what we’re hearing on the Pbass is the dimarzio & not the stock P. isn’t
the diff in a lot of basses are the PUPs & the woods would only make up
roughly around 20% of the sound? another 20 maybe to the amp, cables,
speakers, & 60% to the PUPs. (am just toying on the figures here). actually
i’m thinking of putting a Fender PJ set on an old bass (PJ style) to get
the Fender sound. makes sense?

Written By Arnel Mendoza on April 27th, 2014 @ 3:10 pm

Having played both, the jazz bass is more versitile cause it can do more,
I.E. it has more tonal range than the precision bass. But i’ve been playing
the precision for years and sitting down with a jazz bass is weird cause of
the slight difference in the body shape. But Teh precision bass has been
around in more music that i listen to (it’s more of a punk rock bass than
the jazz, IMO) But they’re both good. I’d always go for my precision, cause
it feels more natural to downpick for fast punk songs than the jazz, which
i tend to do more like upbeat/groove/up-down strokes. 

Written By Sasha DC on April 27th, 2014 @ 3:30 pm

I found a tone similar to a P bass on my J bass, first you need to use the
neck pickup only, and the tone knob off, then for amp settings turn bass to
6, mids to 6, and treble off. Just a tip for those with a J and want it to
sound a bit more like a P.

Written By Karl Beerman on April 27th, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

The primary difference is PUPs, most other differences are cosmetic. both
instruments are limited to the capability of the passive sounding single
coil or split single coil PUPs. This conversation is more about pickup
preference rather than guitar preference. 

Written By Joshua Watson on April 27th, 2014 @ 3:37 pm

i love the jazz bass i have a 70′s vintage modified

Written By Mason, Ben, Callan Matt on April 27th, 2014 @ 4:34 pm

Like the explanations, but the fret buzz kills this video.

Written By R3DN1CK on April 27th, 2014 @ 5:07 pm

You’re an idiot.

Written By wwoodism on April 27th, 2014 @ 5:47 pm

What brand guitar stand is that behind you Homie? Looking for a tri-stand
but never saw one like that?

Written By BassdonDa1 on April 27th, 2014 @ 5:50 pm

nice playing …great video

Written By ronald morrow on April 27th, 2014 @ 6:01 pm

Quality 5 string bass for under $400… can’t beat that!!!

Written By raffeal247 on April 27th, 2014 @ 6:39 pm

That was amazing.what a bass that is awesome

Written By Charles Crisp on April 27th, 2014 @ 7:09 pm

beautiful** XD

Written By Baltazar Neira on April 27th, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

beatiful!!! :D

Written By Baltazar Neira on April 27th, 2014 @ 7:42 pm

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