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On 16/04/2022 at 14:17, thebrig said:

but what makes a Precision bass a Precision bass

For me, a single coil pickup [original or split] and body shape are the most obvious. But there are other details such as a larger nut width, that is perhaps less of a deal for some, but a consideration for me 🙂.

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8 hours ago, Greg.Bassman said:

For me, a single coil pickup [original or split] and body shape are the most obvious. But there are other details such as a larger nut width, that is perhaps less of a deal for some, but a consideration for me 🙂.

That seems to be the general consensus of opinion so far, but I have four P basses and they all have J width nuts, and some late 60's and early 70's P basses had J width nuts.

 

I'm still confused, lol. 🤔

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11 hours ago, thebrig said:

That seems to be the general consensus of opinion so far, but I have four P basses and they all have J width nuts, and some late 60's and early 70's P basses had J width nuts.

 

I'm still confused, lol. 🤔

As I mentioned before, this is perhaps less of a deal for some, but a consideration for me. I suppose the larger nut width is ‘traditionally’ speaking, as the first version and split coil update had this. It was not until the 60s when jazz necks started to show up on them, like you said 🙂👍.

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22 hours ago, Greg.Bassman said:

As I mentioned before, this is perhaps less of a deal for some, but a consideration for me. I suppose the larger nut width is ‘traditionally’ speaking, as the first version and split coil update had this. It was not until the 60s when jazz necks started to show up on them, like you said 🙂👍.

It wasn't until the 60s that Jazz necks showed up full stop. The Jazz bass only existed from 1960 on.

 

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