Originally Posted by fruitlabor
I have a set of 57j pickups in a MIM jazz deluxe 5 string. The "D" string drops out when bending the string and is much lower when thumping and playing harder. Any ideas why and what to do? Thanks.
The problem is that they are split coil pickups and the two coils (to cancel hum) have a dead spot between them. When you bend D you shove the string right into the dead spot. One answer (as noted by Chaosmic) is to replace them with single coil pickups. Tone will be improved and hum will be louder.
I improved the tone in my MIM Jazz V with SCN pickups. They do not have the dead spot. They have terrific tone (though not the same as Barts). They are cheap and hum cancelling. And oh yeah. Fender discontinued them too so you probably can't find any except maybe on Ebay.