I have a set of AG 5J 70s wind (passive Vol Vol tone in a warmoth Deluxe V build) while they sound nice and open ...I am really suffering from very very low ouput with them...(pickup height is already higher than I usally prefer in order to avoid clacking noises from strings touching magnets)
I can crank the gain on my amp (markbass LMII) all they way before it clips (my other passive Js
will clip around noon (half way).
I must admit that this axe seems also acoustically quieter!
I had never installed different pickups in this bass as it is a warmoth parts bass and the aguilars were the only pickups I intended to use.
But comparing to my other passive 4 string Jazz Basses I have in rotation the output of the AG5J-70s equiped 5 string is considerably lower. (about half the output of my other Js
Do you think this could be such a decisive factor ?
Or are these AG 5J-70s known to have low ouput ?
How could I gauge the potential Output of these Pickups?
(Obviously I could get the DC resistance readings but they are meaningless to me especially since they are 5 string PUs and longer coil obviously gives higher readings compared to my beloved vintage Fender 4 string PUs)
As I said the output is really low. In fact it is so low that it starts causing problems with effects and such .....I really need to change it and thinking about getting a differen set of PUs. BUT IŽd hate to waste extra money on different PUs only to find out its the bass which acoustically will not put out more!
What else could be the culprit? Wiring?? Tone cap ?
But the wiring seems correct 250 K pots. The only difference to standard Fender wiring would be a thorough shielding job.
Any input is apreciated ! I need more output!
Hello, are your Aguilar AG70 Jazzbass pickups OK ? I got mine last month, and used only the bridge p.up , it sounds great except that it has low output as compared to the real Fender 72. I wrote Dave Boonshoft complaining that the magnets were weak and couldn't even lift a paper clip,and low output,( my wiring and pots are OK) He said=
Your pickups are magnetized properly.
If you stick them on another magnet like a speaker you may damage them. Do not do that.
Testing them for "magnetic pull" with paper clips is a terrible idea. Most cheap metal products like paper clips have a mixture of alloys in them and may also have a coating on them. More importantly, how a strong a pickup's output is primarily involves the wire coil. In making a louder pickup the amount of wire turns and the size of the pole pieces are the main thing to consider.
Your previous pickups were quarter pounders. These pickups are very overwound and also use big pole pieces. They are going to be louder than our 70's jazz bass pickups because they are designed to have high output. Our pickup is designed to be accurate to 70's jazz bass. These are growly, bright, tight, and clear. Very different from the quarter pounder.
I know you like the sound of our 70's pickups. When you overwind a pickup to make it higher output the qualities that you like would change.
I hope this helps you understand your pickups better.
$$$$$ Enough said, I just turn it up a bit and enjoy, it's really a great pickup that has the 60s vibe and 70s punch.
Please find time to write and tell me your experience.
Henry Bon Ruiz, The Philippines