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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / Jazz bass neck on a precision ?

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Aug 4th, 2019 06:22 PM   Edit   Profile  

Has Fender ever released a model with this feature ?

My main bass is a MiJ Jaguar bass with jazz pickups and, according to the internet, a jazz style neck.

I tried a couple of Precision basses on the weekend ,both MiM, and found the necks wider at the nut and with a different shape than my jag bass.
The shape felt like a shallow D rather than the C shape I am used to.


(This message was last edited by windmill at 08:51 PM, Aug 4th, 2019)

Elmo Clapner

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Aug 4th, 2019 06:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

My 2004 MIM Precision Bass Special has a Precision body with a Jazz neck, and a Precision pickup and a Jazz bridge pickup. I believe it really is the best of both worlds, as advertised. Mine is also active, requiring one 9v battery.

I believe there have been several other models that meet your criteria.

(This message was last edited by Elmo Clapner at 08:55 PM, Aug 4th, 2019)



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Aug 4th, 2019 11:39 PM   Edit   Profile  

I once owned a factory 72 Precision with an A neck. The A neck was the standard for Jazz bass. If you look you could find one.


Show Low, Arizona

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Aug 5th, 2019 09:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

The Fender Custom Shop offers the Postmodern Precision bass which has a 60's jazz neck.

Rick Knight
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Aug 6th, 2019 09:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

"MIM Precision Bass Special has a Precision body with a Jazz neck"

I bought one of the older, passive versions when I started playing again a decade or so ago. It was heavy but I liked the concept. Then I found a beat up but lighter P body and stuck a MIM J neck on it. It wasn't impressive to see but played and sounded great.

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Aug 6th, 2019 01:27 PM   Edit   Profile  

FYI, the J and P necks are supposed to be interchangeable. At least that is my understanding. Theoretically you could just go for whatever P you like and then swap out the neck for a J style from an aftermarket parts company like Warmoth without a lot of fuss.
You'd definitely need to research more but that might be your solution.

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Aug 6th, 2019 02:42 PM   Edit   Profile  

Just curious, how would that affect the sound? Would the jazz bass neck make the sound closer to j-bass growl, or is that in the pickup or body?

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New York City

Aug 6th, 2019 03:45 PM   Edit   Profile  

I seriously doubt changing from a P neck to a J neck would make any difference in the sound of the P bass. Could be some very subtle change in resonance, you'd be hard pressed to prove that. Of course if you are more comfortable playing on a J shaped neck, you will probably play better and you certainly could hear that in the sound.

Edited to add: I'll just further qualify that switching from a fretted to fretless neck on the same bass (or vice versa) would make a big difference. That's the only example I can think of where swapping necks would dramatically affect the sound.

(This message was last edited by digiboy at 05:52 PM, Aug 6th, 2019)



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Sep 3rd, 2019 12:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

Since the J neck has less mass it would have to have some effect.
It might not be enough to notice.
Changing from a rosewood FB to maple would make more of a difference.

Putting a J neck on a P has been a popular swap since the invention of the J.
I'm sure that someone must have put a P neck on a J, but it seems less common.

That means there are a lot of P necks out there somewhere with no home.
For me, the bigger question is just where is that mountain of P necks?

Jeff Scott

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Sep 26th, 2019 05:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I had a "97 California Precision Special for a couple years; it had a JB neck on a P body.

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