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Affinity JV replacement Pups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Dec 3, 2012.


  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I couldn't resist a sale and I snagged a new Affinity J 5 cheap. I just love how they play and set up. I think I will eventually have new pickups and pots installed. What do you guys suggest?
     
  2. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    I guess I'll be the first to ask - What kind of tone are looking for?

    They are nice basses.
     
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  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    I love the tone of a passive Jazz. I like little high sizzle and I want strong midrange punch when I turn up the bridge pup and turn down the treble.
     
  5. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
  6. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    For midrange punch I like Bartolini. I don't know if the Classic Bass series would have enough highs for what you describe as sizzle but they are not dark.
     
  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    A Jazz being a Jazz, it will generate some sizzle. If I have to chose between midrange and sizzle, I will take mids.
     
  8. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    i had samarium cobalt noiseless, an american standard 5 set, lakland pickups,and duncan 67/70's in my affinity 5 when i had it and the duncans with 500k pots were my favorite. it thickened up the low mids which the cheapish squier was lacking acoustically. the 500k pots extended the treble some since they were the grindiest of all the single coil sets i tried and therefor lacked some upper air presence in the highs.
     
  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Thanks!:bassist:
     
  10. Bobster

    Bobster

    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I had Lollar single coils in mine Doc. I'm a huge fan of them, great vintage sound and actually pretty quiet for single coils. I've actually moved those pickups over to my new Jazz VM 5 and am considering my options with the Afffinity. Maybe P/J?

    Bob
     
  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Lollar is a new one for me. I will check them out. For my Affinity, I just want to change pickups, upgrade the pots, and shield it as much as possible.
     
  12. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    San Diego, Ca.
    Disclosures:
    Dealer Nordstrand Pickups.
    Have you checked the TalkBass classifieds?
    Squire Affinity uses the same pickup size as Fender American V
     
  13. TBGFRED

    TBGFRED Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 24, 2009
    Marietta, GA
    I like the Affinity V as well and, wishing to acquire an understanding of the J sound, experimented with:

    • Fralins new and 1996
    • Nordstrand Single Coils
    • Nordstand Big Singles (with rout) [Made me think of Peavey Super Ferrites]
    • Aero (Type 1s?)
    • Bartolini SCs
    • Some sort of stock pup from a genuine Fender

    then

    • Fender SamCobs Noiseless
    • Bardens (not SC)
    • Large-pole Suhrs (not SC)

    and on a Squier Deluxe V
    • Dimarzio Area J
    • Dimarzio Ultras

    They all sounded nice in their own ways. Strengths and 'weakesses' .... But the one that stopped the techs down at the luthier's shop cold was...

    ... Rio Grande Vintage for J 5s.

    They have the same 3.9/4.1 widths as the Affinity. I'll spare everyone the descriptors, but the real bassists down at the shop looked up and asked to touch when the Rios went live.... I kept this one.

    btw, side by side, I liked the sound of the stock pups pretty well also...... I enjoyed the whole exercise, but in hindsight, could've been happy with the stock ones. Shoulda bought a veteran some new shoes and a winter coat - and used the time I spent practicing.
     
  14. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

    Jan 24, 2003
    Newport News, VA via NYC
    Disclosures:
    Kohlman Bassworks
    They absolutely will. I put Bartolini Classic Series Single Coil Brights in my jazz. Think Larry Graham! Now I also have a Bart pre in there as well. If you're gonna run Barts passive, they have medium output and will need a little boost.
     
  15. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That's cool. There's nothing wrong with cranking up the amp!
     
  16. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That's intriguing. I'll have to look up those Rio Grande Vintage J 5s.
     
  17. zackthompson

    zackthompson Supporting Member

    Jul 18, 2011
    Virginia Beach
    Sorry to hijack his thread, but would fender custom shop 60s pups fit in an affinity?
     
  18. KTFunkAlive

    KTFunkAlive

    Nov 28, 2007
    Yup
     



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