Originally Posted by ZenG
I readily admit I don't know much about pickups in terms of which is better then another......
All I know is humbuckers are usually better than single-coil.
Some single coil basses are very fine instruments.
Some humbucking basses are very fine as well.
It all depends upon how the entire instrument is engineered.
An American Standard Fender Precision Bass is what you're looking for regarding top of the assembly line build quality. A Squier model(Indonesia) will get you there too as will the Standard(Made in Mexico). The Japanese built Fenders are comparable with the American made ones.
Everyone on the forum has their favorites. The Precision pickup is technically a single coil but being 'split' it cancels out the hum. Not a techie so I don't know how, just that it does.
Jazz basses have that hum quality but it is not too noticeable and I think Fender has gone to lengths to eliminate it on the Standard+ models.