Bartolini 69j pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by lovethegrowl, Dec 18, 2013.


  1. lovethegrowl

    lovethegrowl

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    What's the deal? Bartolini boasts of having a Jazz pickup that's a split coil pickup? Aren't Jazz's single coil BY DEFINITION!!! does anyone know anything about them? I'd call Bartollini but talking to a sales rep is dang hard. In the past I have called about their preamps.
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo I like turtles. Supporting Member

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    Not all Jazz sized pickups have to be single coil. SGD makes a side by side dual coil humbucker in a Jazz pickup. Plus just about every pickup maker offers a jazz sized split coil or stacked coil.
  3. lovethegrowl

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    Hmmmm, guess they don't growl much eh?
  4. mmbongo

    mmbongo I like turtles. Supporting Member

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    Not sure about those specific Barts, but many split coils sound just like single coils. It's all in the design.
  5. BruceWane

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    Oh, yes they do - split coil humbuckers have much the same sound as a single coil, because they have a lot of the same design. The width of the magnet/coil structure is the same, so the aperature of the magnetic field is the same.

    They typically have just a tiny bit less top end and don't sound quite as raw as single coils, but they're usually very, very close. You basically trade off a tiny amount of sparkle+rawness for zero hum, even with a pickup soloed.

    Side-by-side humbuckers are pretty different from split coils and single coils because they have a wider aperature - more of the length of the string is covered, which generally gives a thicker, less sharply defined tone.

    I've got 59Js in a Modulus Genesis, they growl plenty.
  6. lovethegrowl

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    Hmmm I haven't had much experience with humbuckers. I always perceived single coils (P bass) as being the beefiest. However, guess I have to take into account the position of precision pickups (near neck) low frequency emphasis. Also Precisions have strong, very hard transient response. Punchy attack.

    Anyway, thanx. I just decided to take off the Carvin J99a single coils off my Ibanez, then put back the DX6 humbuckers back on, give them another chance-see how they make my TI strings sound. (See what I wrote in this section about string/pickup interface.)
  7. Funkinthetrunk

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    P bass are split coils....humbuckers.
  8. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

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    Hello LTG welcome

    I love single coil J pickups, but you should try listing to some different J pickups out there.

    Most pickup manufactures do offer Js in dual coil design.
    Check out the J tone stickies...You will learn a lot.

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