I'm trying to get a jazz bass guitar (active) and I've been looking at the Ibanez range. The only problem is that it doesn't quite say whether it is jazz bass or not for most of them. For example, how do I know this Ibanez bass guitar is a jazz bass?

The question is what makes a jazz bass guitar a jazz bass?

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    – Tim
    Commented Sep 5, 2015 at 18:26

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Generally, the Jazz Bass refers to the Fender Jazz Bass.

Per the above link, it was named 'Jazz Bass' because the creator, Leo Fender, thought that jazz bassists would feel more comfortable playing this kind of bass. This is a characteristic jazz bass:

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Notice the pickups. Two singlecoil ones. There are similar basses from other companies, but they aren't names as such. If you see a bass like this, you might be able to refer to as jazz bass, but unless it's a fender bass, it would be technically wrong.

  • in addition he intended it to be played when sitting down. Commented Oct 21, 2021 at 9:24

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