|cheche32 ||08-28-2013 01:13 AM |
How to choose pickups??
I have a Fender Jazz Bass MIM and I've heard that I can get a "better" sound changing the pickups. I love the vintage sound and I dont like the active pickups. How can I choose between hubdreds of brands and types available in the market?? I like the actual sound of my bass but I also like the posibility of upgrading that sound.
|rootsnfifths ||08-28-2013 05:33 PM |
A difficult task if you ask me.
Check pickups forum and there is a 'sticky' at the top of the forum all about J-bass pickups.
Research,research. Check Youtube for reviews and comparisons as there are a few really good ones out there. One in particular was very helpful to me. Sorry but I do not have the link handy.
Sound is subjective so just a description does not always cut it. You may have to hear the pickup. Also the bass a certain pickup is loaded in will have an effect on the sound. Look for sound files/youtube vids of something close to your bass type and judge it from there. Good luck.
|RedLeg ||08-28-2013 05:35 PM |
if it aint broke,....fix it till it is! it's the army way! but seriously, if you like the stock sound, why change out anyhting?
|Scott in Dallas ||08-28-2013 05:39 PM |
Youtube is a great resource.
|Biggbass ||08-28-2013 05:44 PM |
If you like the current sound of the bass then why change it?
|line6man ||08-28-2013 05:56 PM |
If you don't know what you want, then you're probably not going to be happy with what you get. "Different" is not "better."
Side note, MiM Jazzes do not have active pickups.
|Olde Axeman ||08-29-2013 04:53 AM |
No, there are a few MIM Jazz Basses with active electronics out there.
The Fender Deluxe Active Jazz Bass comes to mind. At $700 I'm pretty sure it's MIM.
|Wolffgang ||08-29-2013 05:02 AM |
It's my firm belief that the sound of a bass *is* the sound of the pickups and electronics, and I agree that sometimes you may regret change, but I've never upgraded pickups and regretted it. It's reasonably cheap to do, you can sell the pickups if you don't like them, and especially with a nice simple passive J or P, it makes a great introductory course to learning how to solder.
Do it. If you like the way it sounds currently, maybe stick with 'better' versions of that sound, like Fender 62 RIs or seymour duncan's versions (I have the P versions of both, and they're amazing)
Maybe make some pre and post recordings so you can see how much of an impact it made?
|Margus Alviste ||08-29-2013 05:42 PM |
Try Antiquity IIs! Or Lollars. Or Lindy Fralins. All of them smoke! :)
|39-Bassist ||08-29-2013 05:48 PM |
Fender N2's and SD STK-J2's are very nice sounding and priced fair. That would be a possibility. Many out there to choice. But these are the ones I like the most. Good Luck
|C.Linton ||08-29-2013 05:49 PM |
If you like the way it sounds now, leave it alone. No matter how many people recommend you try this or that pickup, all they can tell you is what pickup they like the sound of. There is absolutely NO guarantee you will like the sound any better than you do now. Don't do it on the off chance it "might" sound better. Change the pickups out only if you really don't like the sound of your current ones, to do otherwise makes absolutely no sense at all.
|tekdiver500ft ||08-29-2013 06:15 PM |
Don't do it! You may not be able to sell the p'ups, and there is no guarantee that you'll like anything else better. Without a definable sonic goal, you're spending money for no purpose. Really, you're more likely to see a greater change with different strings.
|Bassamatic ||08-29-2013 06:27 PM |
Agree with the above comments. Unless you drastically want to change your sound to very bright or very heavy, there is really little difference between good quality "normal" pickups, especially by the time the sound is in a band mix.
Having said that, I DID change the pickups in my MIM Jazz, but I changed them to the Noiseless SCN types. Otherwise, I would have left them as-is.
I have a shelf full of different pickups that I am going to start selling off now, as they just didn't make that much of a change.
|Dogghouse ||08-29-2013 06:31 PM |
Those MIM Jazz Basses can play very nicely, especially the Roadworns. If a person has G.A.S., he must succumb. That's one of the reasons Seymour made a 21 Day Exchange Policy at Duncan. Try one, if you don't like, call SD and try another.
|keithbroussard ||08-29-2013 06:35 PM |
My favorite jazz pickup I've heard have to be Aero's...
maybe try a vintage style threaded bridge first, that brightened and opened up the sound of my mim considerably and it's way cheaper and than fancy pickups
|rootsnfifths ||08-29-2013 11:39 PM |
pickups will make a difference,trust me. I am not an active fan either.
If you want suggestions on pups to research check Fender's Custom Shop 60's. Seymore Duncan Antiquity lls. And I bought a used Jazz recently with SD quarter pounders and just love the deep Precision-like sound to them. I would have never bought them myself.
My point again is to do some research and take a chance. You might really love the change.
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