Electronics Upgrade

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  1. LightForce104

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    Howdy y'all.

    So, I plan on upgrading the pickups in my bass, and possibly adding a preamp. My bass is a Squier Shortscale Jaguar, which has a P/J configuration. I play songs by Nirvana, the Foo Fighters, America, the Beatles, Two Door Cinema Club, and the list goes on and on.

    I have no experience with electronics whatsoever, and I don't want to break the bank. What do you suggest I do?
     
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    Well there are a lot of pickups and pres on the market, but in that one, I doubt I'd go with a preamp. I'd just stay passive as it's cheaper and still sounds great. One thing you want, IMHO, is a humbucking J pickup. The single coil pickup in it now will pick up hum from outside sources. Also might be a good idea to get a J pickup that's a little hotter so you don't such a big volume imbalance as you likely have now.

    Like I said, there are a ton of different pickups and I'm sure everyone will now list their favorites, and you should check them all out. But I'll suggest the EMG Geezer Butler PJ set. The J is humbucking and designed to work better with a P pickup, and they sound flat out amazing, way better than any other passives I've tried (haven't tried them all, but I've tried quite a few out).
     
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    Okay, so no preamp, then. Any other suggestions?
     
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    Nope, the Geezer set is pretty much it ;)

    BTW, feel free to take or leave my advice regarding a preamp. There are some who love their onboard pres with passives. Love them with actives but not my thing with passives, and they will add some cost, sometimes considerable cost.
     
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    JimmyM has got it right on. However this has been discussed at length in the Squier Jaguar short scale club part 3 (and part 1 and 2)
    And one of the most popular pickup upgrades is actually the dimarzio model p and j set.
    There are actually a ton of upgrades available for this bass and all have been discussed nearly to death lol in the club I mentioned.

    I personally put a set of passive MEC P/J pickups in mine and it made it a tonal monster! :D
     
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    Hot damn. Listened to sound clips, and I'm really digging the Geezers. Plus, it comes with a wiring kit, something I desperately need. Thank you very much.
     
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    Were those my clips or Geezer's on Youtube? Yeah, I believe you will really dig them in your Jag. They have a lot of grunt and sound great with overdrive.
     
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    They were Geezer's on youtube, but I'd love to hear yours.
     
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    Say no more! I recorded these so I was able to compare them to the pickups that were in my two Precisions. First is a Fender 62 Original from last year vs the Geezer using rounds, then a 62 Custom Shop from around 2001 vs the Geezer using flats. 3 of the 4 samples I played were recorded clean, but I threw a little "War Pigs" in at the end with some overdrive:




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    Excellent. I'll put those pickups in my cart right away.
     

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