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The Fender Jazz Bass guitar or J Bass for short is the 2nd model of bass guitars designed by Leo Fender. This bass offered a brighter tone than the Fender Precision bass guitar thanks to a richer midrange and treble. Originally conceived in 1960 as the Deluxe Model’ this bass guitar has now found its way into the fabric of music itself.
Thanks to its ability to stand out in the mix due to a lesser low end and lower midrange, the Jazz bass was fundamental in creating the sound of the disco, funk (especially slap bass) blues, progressive rock, heavy metal and Jazz fusion genres. It’s impossible to deny the effect the Fender Jazz bass has had on the world of music.
Originally conceived as a partner to the Jazzmaster guitar, the Jazz bass was originally intended to appeal to Jazz guitarists, however it would be adopted by almost every style of music thanks to its sonic versatility and superb playability.
We dread to think what the world of music would sound like without this iconic bass which provided players with a world of tonal options. The simple act of adding two single coil pickups and the ability to reduce the volume/turn off each pickup and sculpt the overall tone resulted in many a signature bass sound.
The use of dual single coil pickups and independent volume controls allows the user to create their own sound. The addition of a single Tone knob means you can isolate each pickup, or blend the two to create unique voicings. Roll the Tone knob back and you have a unique sonic palate to play with. this addition of added control over your sound means you can sculpt your ideal bass tone directly via the bass. Want a heavier sound? Roll the tone back a touch and turn the volume of the neck pickup right down and enjoy the lush, heavy hitting sounds of the bridge pickup. Need something to carry that chorus along? Reintroduce the neck pickup and watch the song come alive! The Fender Jazz Bass has something for everyone!
In summary, the main differences between the Fender P Bass and The Fender Jazz, come down to shape, neck width and pickups: The Jazz bass has an offset body style. The P bass has a double cutaway similar to a stratocaster. The Precision bass neck is thicker at the nut at around 43mm. The Jazz bass neck tapers towards the nut and has a 38mm width at its narrowest point. The Fender Jazz bass features dual single coil pickups whereas the Fender Precision ‘P’ Bass features a hum cancelling split coil pickup. Learn more about all the differences between the Fender Jazz bass and Fender Precision bass HERE.
You really need to try out the Fender Jazz bass for yourself to appreciate the incredible playability and tonal options on offer. So, we recommend calling in to your local PMT store today to get up close and personal with a Jazz bass! We stock a full range of Jazz bass guitars including Squier Jazz bass, The new Vintera series Jazz bass, American Elite, American Professional and more. We'll have the Fender Bass guitar you need!