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Choosing a Preamp and Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by pshep68, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. pshep68

    pshep68

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    I am removing the stock pickups from my American Fender Jazz and installing a preamp and a set of new pups. I would like to be able to do this for about $500-$600. Any suggestions? Please include why you chose your combination. Thanks.
  2. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

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    First and foremost, why? What don't you like about the stock pickups and what are you hoping to gain from an electronics swap? We need more info.
  3. pshep68

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    I guess I am looking for more life in my bass. It sounds very sterile. My Fender Jazz has the S1-Switching btw with not preamp. I have changed strings several times and have used serveral amps. I guess I am looking for a change. I like the bass physically. It has a great neck. I thought that by swapping out the pups and adding an onboard preamp I could achieve some versatility and a better tone without spending the price of a new bass. I've played other American Fender Jazz basses and they sound so much more full of life. I've tried a couple of outboard preamps (SansAmp BDDI & Eden WTDI) without too much success. I thought I'd ask you folks on TB for a little help.
  4. bongostealth

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    For your price range, I would suggest Seymour Duncan jazz pickups (in particular the Quarter Pounders) and either a J Retro preamp or an Audere JZ6 preamp.

    Either combination will be under $500 and will definitely bring your bass to life!
  5. line6man

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    In that price range, you can do anything.
  6. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

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    A few decisions will help narrow the field:
    • active (i.e. EMG, Basslines, etc) or passive pickups
    • if passive, single coil or hum canceling
    • 2, 3, or 4 band preamp
    • 9V or 18V (the size of the control cavity definitely comes into play)
    • vintage or modern/"jazz bass on steroids" tonality

    There are other considerations for sure but tackling this list will leave you with a reasonably short list of contenders.

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