Fender Jazz Bass vs Fender Precision Bass: what’s the difference?

Fender Jazz Bass and Precision Bass on dark ground
(Image credit: Future)

While it's true to say Fender is an icon in the thunderous world of bass guitars, they are a whole lot more than that. Clarence Leonidas Fender not only set the template that all other future electric basses would follow for decades to come, he simultaneously changed the course of popular music forever.

Leo wasn't technically the first to electrify the bass guitar – more on that later – but his blueprint for the perfect bass guitar was ground-breaking and helped catapult this new-fangled instrument into the mainstream and arguably created a new type of musician in the process.

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Daryl Robertson
Senior Deals Writer

Daryl is a Senior Deals Writer at Guitar World, where he creates and maintains our 200+ buyer's guides, finds the best deals on guitar products, and tests the latest gear. His reviews have been featured in prominent publications like Total Guitar, Future Music magazine, and MusicRadar.com.

During his career, he has been lucky enough to talk to many of his musical heroes, having interviewed Slash and members of Sum 41, Foo Fighters, Feeder, Thrice, and more. In a past life, Daryl worked in music retail. For a little under a decade, he advised everyone from absolute beginners to seasoned pros on the right gear for their needs. 

Daryl is also a fully qualified sound engineer, holding a first-class Bachelor's degree in Creative Sound Production from the University of Abertay.