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Are MIM Jazz pickups the same length?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by soaf, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. soaf


    Jul 27, 2013
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    Just bought a used set. Both have yellow and black wires and the pickups are exactly the same length. Is this a correct set?
  2. MisterFabulous


    Feb 4, 2010
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    The pickups were the same length up to 2002. After that, the bridge pickup is longer just like US Jazzes
  3. deste


    Sep 14, 2009
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    Endorsing Artist: GullanskyLab pickups
    On early models they were the same length (mine is a '92). To know when they became regular, you'd better ask some Fender expert here.

    (btw, I bought it used with Quarter Pounders on, but the original pups had same length and same wire colors)
  4. jaypee


    Apr 24, 2009
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    Around 2000ish Fender used the identical length pickups in the MIM jazz basses. I don't know why. I have a 2000 MIM jazz that is stock as far as the pickups are concerned and I bought it brand new in 2000. I also had a 2007 FSR Jazz that I bought brand new and its pickups were of different lengths like all other "normal" Jazz basses.

    If you install a "normal" set of jazz bass pickups in a 2000ish MIM jazz bass you will have to slightly enlarge the bridge position route for the install. It's only like a 1/16th of an inch or so.

    In your case it sounds like you installing a 2000ish MIM set of identical sized pickups on a "normal" Jazz bass on which the pickups or the routes are of different size. It should work mechanically, but you will have that slight gap.

    That's all I got. I'm interested in seeing the response from the more learned community for sure!

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