Ask any two bass players about nitrocellulose versus polyurethane finishes and you'll often get a heated argument.

The debate over which finish is better has been raging for over 40 years now.

In one camp the feeling is that nitro finishes are better because they let the wood "breathe" and give the bass a more open, natural sound.

In the other camp they'll tell you that there's absolutely no difference between the two except that poly protects better.

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.

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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.

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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.

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