Jazz vs Precision2

Probably the most talked about dilemma in bass history is which axe to choose, the Fender Jazz or the Fender Precision.

Both instruments are legends in music and both have been time tested to the nth degree.

For a lot of people, myself included the decision is so difficult that you have to have both. However many bass players, especially beginners can only afford to choose one and the choice is not easy.

When I first started playing I bought a Fender Jazz partly because I liked the name but mainly for the thin neck, and that was my main bass for several years. Eventually though I got the desire to own a P-Bass and that started my flip-flop affairs between the two basses.

FBP PBass7

One of the most important things you can do for your Fender Bass is a general setup. Unfortunately it's also one of the most neglected things for many bassists.

If you have a serious set up issue or a major mechanical problem you should take your bass to a professional, but minor adjustments to your bass can help avoid a serious issue later on and make your bass sound and play better.


Donald "Duck" Dunn is one of my all time favorite bass players. There's a deep, soulful feel to his deceptively simple bass lines.

Best known for his impeccable, rock solid bass playing with Booker T. & the M.G.'s, the house band for Stax Records all through the 1960's.

A self taught bassist, Duck had an innate musical sense and superb timing that always improved the song. He was the ultimate bass player's bassist.

FBP PBass9

Buying a bass player a gift can be a tricky thing. The first thing to consider is the level of the player. Buying a gift for a beginner is the most straightforward because you most likely will be looking at budget basses and accessories. For more experienced players it can get a little more involved but I put together some bass gift ideas that hopefully will help.


There are so many flatwound string brands available now that it can be a little overwhelming. In general all flatwounds will give you a warmer, more mellow tone than roundwounds but there are differences with each brand.

Although the basic design for flats is the same, there are several small differences in the construction of the string that can have a large impact on the tone and feel of each flatwound string set.

While roundwound strings are still by far the most popular bass strings, flatwounds have seen a huge resurgence in popularity within the last 10 years. As a consequence there are now many more choices for flats than ever before.

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