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DiMarzio Area J Pot Recommendations

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Wallofbasses, Dec 28, 2013.

  1. Wallofbasses

    Wallofbasses

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    Just got these pickups off of the Classifieds and am eager to put them in my 1982 Squier JV Jazz Bass. I'm looking for a classic blues/rock tone and am wondering about the best options for the rest of the electronics. I did read in a thread about Model J's that 500 k pots were recommended, linear taper for the volumes and audio taper for the tone. Would it be the same for the Area J's?
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    worth a try, might be a little bright with everything full-up; you can always nudge the tone knob down a little to get back in vintage territory.
  3. Wallofbasses

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    Thanks for the input. My number one bass right now is a G&L SB2, so I thought 500k on the Jazz (my number two bass) might give me an expanded tonal range -- not as hot an output, but more tonal possibilities. As long as that tone pot can tame things, I should be okay. Anyone tried 500k pots on the Area J's?
  4. screaminglucy

    screaminglucy Supporting Member

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    I used 250k pots with the area j. The reason 500k is recommended for the model j is that is a very dark sounding pickup. The area j sounds more like a typical vintage j pickup (not as dark) so 500k is not as important but try it and see...
  5. Wallofbasses

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    Good point, Lucy. After doing a bit more research, I'm inclined just to wire in the pickups with the stock electronics (250k pots which seem to work fine) and call it a day. A lot easier given the level of my soldering skills and probably more like the sound I'm going for anyways. BTW looking forward to the pickups. Thanks.

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