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    Ultimate Tone Member JamesPaul's Avatar
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    Default Need a Jazz Bass

    I have seen a few on the local Craig's, but they aren't string thru the body. All my Fender guitars are string thru. What am I missing here?
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    Default Re: Need a Jazz Bass

    You’re looking at basses, not guitars. Top-load is the norm. My Ibanez Mikro, Warwick Corvette, Squier P, and Yamaha P/J are all top-load.

    One of the big advantages, especially if it has a tailpiece/bridge like a Warwick, is you can take strings on and off without screwing up the wraps and breaking them. It’s pretty common for bass players to swap strings around. Over on TalkBass, tons of people buy and sell gently used strings.

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    Default Re: Need a Jazz Bass

    String-through Jazz basses are usually found in the modern style (non-reissue) American made lines. I think this has been used on Fender Js for at least 20 years now. But lower end Js, and reissues, are usually traditional top loaders.

    It doesn't matter in the slightest, other than that you sometimes run into unwound string length problems with certain string sets.
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    Default Re: Need a Jazz Bass

    I currently have two top-loading Jazz basses and have never run into problems. Still love my P, but end up grabbing one of the Js more often.
    '69 Fender Mustang bass
    '69 Gibson EB-1
    '76 Rickenbacker 4001 w/SD for Rick N & B
    '76 Fender Precision w/Dimarzio Model P
    '84 MIJ Fender Jazz Bass Special w/SD Hot for P neck & Hot for J bridge
    '99 Fretless MIJ Fender Precision/'87 MIJ Fender Squier Jazz hybrid w/SD QP for Jazz
    '12 MIM Fender Jazz w/Dimarzio Model J
    '14 Fretless Warmoth Custom T w/ SDCS Stack for SCPB N & B

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