Fender Jazz Bass with S-1 switch

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MichaelVaughn, Jan 29, 2014.


  1. MichaelVaughn

    MichaelVaughn

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    Hi mates, I got a question for you.
    I used to play a Squier Jazz Bass on which a installed a S-1 switch.
    I liked the most the sound with the switch on, but I found it to be somehow weird, with some frequencies missing and messing, especially with Overdrive on. Not a proper sound to be recorded.
    I'm now buying a Fender Jazz Bass planning to install a S-1 switch. Models with S1 are not available anymore, so I can't hear it before buying and modding the bass.

    Has the same issue with S-1 on? Does the it sound weird or messing compared to parallel and one single coil at time?
    I really appreciate if you can help me.
    Thank you!
    MV
  2. electracoyote

    electracoyote

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    Well, I like the S-1 on my USA Jazz. Kind of a split P tone to my ears. Nothing strange or "messing" as you would say.

    It seems to pick up some mids. I can remember a few occasions where I was having trouble with the stage mix, popped on the S-1, problem solved.
  3. JimB52

    JimB52 User Gold Supporting Member

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    To me, the S-1 on a Jazz bass adds depth, and sounds more like a P in the band mix
  4. awilkie84

    awilkie84 Supporting Member

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    The S1 just switched from parallel to series, right?
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  6. MichaelVaughn

    MichaelVaughn

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    I'm glad to hear it, maybe it was due to the cheap Squier bass.
    Another question: with the switch engaged one vol knob acts as a master volume and the other has no effect?
    (I'm asking, since I found different wiring online.)
  7. MichaelVaughn

    MichaelVaughn

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    Yes, that's how it acts.
  8. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

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    Correct.
  9. pfox14

    pfox14

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    "messing"???
  10. MichaelVaughn

    MichaelVaughn

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    Hard to describe, sounds beefier, with more mid range but there's something muddy or weird.
    It's more noticeble with overdrive on. In series mode sounds less distorted than single pickups.
    Even the tone knob dosen't darken the sound as well as with single pickups.
  11. bluesblaster

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    If we do a reggae tune I pop it into series mode and it works great (jazz w/ S-1)

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