Squier Affinity Jazz pups = MIM Std. Jazz pups?
Please excuse if this is a tired old question, but the search results under "jazz" are almost unfathomable! I need to know if the pickups provided by the factory on the Fender Standard Jazz bass (MIM) are significantly different from those on the Squier Affinity Jazz bass.
Would I hear a noticeable improvement by installing the MIM Jazz pickups in my Affinity Jazz? I have no intention of going to an active preamp, I'd like to keep it simple and just get a better sound using the passive setup.
TIA for any info.
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My bad. Had too many links open, forgot where I was.
In any case - the answer is yes - you'll hear a difference. The VM and CV series Squiers have the Duncan Designed pickups that are pretty decent, but Affinity series instruments are not comparable. Do yourself a favor and replace them with pretty much anything, though if you can score a cheap set of MIM pups, it's not a bad place to start.
Note: Jazz pickups are not all the same size. I'm pretty sure the Affinity basses have two of the neck size models, whereas most Jazz basses will have a slightly longer unit by the bridge. Measure that before doing anything else.
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