Best jazz bass pickups for grunge

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassGod2013, Jun 23, 2012.

  1. BassGod2013


    Jan 14, 2012
    im looking at getting some new jazz bass pickups in my squier classic vibe jazz bass that would give the good nirvana-esk sound in my bass. what would you suggest?
  2. cjmodulus

    cjmodulus Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2010
    Different pickups may change your sound, but it might take more than that to get a 'grungier' sound. What kind of amp and strings do you use?
    Before investing in new pickups, I'd recommend checking out a sansamp bass driver pedal. Those things are really good at adding a nice grit and grind to your sound. There's plenty of demos on YouTube.
  3. Wallace320


    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Sansamp programmable bassdriver D.I.


    Anyway, sticking to the OP (and melting fine with Squier Classic Vibe Jazz)
    Seymour Duncan "Hot Stacks"

    Trust me

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  5. Bassbubble11

    Bassbubble11 Supporting Member

    Apr 15, 2010
    West Babylon, New York
    Here is a link to a Novoselic dedication page which lists
    the equipment he used.

    I dunno if you are gonna get what you are looking for out
    of a Jazz. I also thought of Hot Stacks but Duff's tone (although
    awesome ) is not "grunge".
  6. The Duff tone is awesome and would work well for a grungy sound. It's a mean dirty tone.:)

    That's why I recommended the Model J! It's a Precision pickup in disguise:)

    Listen for a bit - lots of tone in those:

  7. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    What would I suggest? :confused:

    I would suggest posting your question in the correct forum. Such as...Oh, I don't know...just a wild guess here...maybe something like "Pickups & Electronics"? Or would that make too much sense? :eyebrow:

  8. Zanderwestcoast

    Zanderwestcoast Supporting Member

    Oct 3, 2010
    Victoria, BC Canada
    Take a chill pill..........

    I would suggest perhaps Nordstrand 70's wind single coils. They are quite an aggressive pickup with lots of detail and charachter. Very resonsive. I have them in my Nordy 5 string and through an SVT sound killer. Great with a pick for an aggressive attack and grind. Perfect for that style of music but also versatile for many other styles as well....