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Fender Super 55 Jazz pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by takeout, Apr 11, 2012.


  1. takeout

    takeout

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    Anyone taken these for a spin yet? Not a lot of chatter on these.
     
  2. Domespeed

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    I ordered a pair and installed them in a Frankenstein Jazz.
    I like them a lot!
    The previous pickups were a pair of Nordstand nj4sv and so far, I prefer the sound of the Super 55s because they seem to have more growl to them.

    What I also like is the fact that the bridge PU has got more windings, so it's really biting when soloed.

    Unfortunately, the magnets are NOT staggered to match the fingerboard radius - the descriptions had me believe the opposite...
     
  3. takeout

    takeout

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    Style(s) of music? I'm looking for a hot vintage rock/punk-type thing.
     
  4. Domespeed

    Domespeed

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    The difference to a "normal" J-style single coil sound is only very small - much smaller than with the DiMarzio J or U e.g.

    So I would say you could use the Super55 for any style of music - isn't that the nature of the J-Bass sound?
     
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  6. Tele295

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    I've had them in my '73 Jazz for a few weeks. These things sound great - very much like a vintage Jazz with added output and no hum. We played mine side-by-side with my friend's 76 Jazz Bass (he's on here somewhere - hi Mikey!), and the Super 55's really shined. Plus, they fit under the vintage pickup covers perfectly.
     
  7. solitario

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    well it has been a long time since last post... anybody else have try this 55? will they work for rock ?¿
     
  8. aproud1

    aproud1 I don't feel tardy? Gold Supporting Member

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    Just ordered some for my AVRI Jazz I'll give a full report once I get them in... so far i've used the stock pickups, Lindy Fralins single coils and Bill Lawrence J45's in this bass.
     
  9. ncapone

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    I just put some in my bass yesterday! They're dead silent, but tonally not much different from my Custom Shop pickups that were in it before. I play a wide variety of styles, and they work well.
     
  10. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    I've never heard of these have to check them out looking for a new set of pups
     
  11. aproud1

    aproud1 I don't feel tardy? Gold Supporting Member

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    Sounds pretty good to me!
     
  12. leroy diamond

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    Would the super 55 be a good replacement for the noiseless pickups in my Fender Custom Classic CS jazz?
     
  13. aproud1

    aproud1 I don't feel tardy? Gold Supporting Member

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    I would say yes. The super 55's are pretty solid noiseless pickups. I hooked on well shielded single coils but I'd go for a set of Super55's if I needed a humbucker.
     
  14. JIO

    JIO Gold Supporting Member

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    I just orders a pair for my recently acquired '92 'boner' J - from what I'm reading about these pu's I'm looking forward to hearing them. The orig pu's sound good but have a weak E output. I've had the Fralin split-coils in an active J for years now and love them, but this bass is passive (abet w/a TBX tone pot) Will weigh in later.
     
  15. Vektori

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    Has anyone tried the bridge pickup on a P/J bass?
     
  16. dave_bass5

    dave_bass5 Supporting Member

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    Id like to know this as well. Im about to change the bridge pup (actually both pups) in my Squier VM PJ and have just come across these pups. Not a lot of real world info on them but what ive read seems very positive.
    I was going for a SD or Dimarzio Model J but these are hard to come by as singles over here in the UK.
    I think the Fender will be a good match for the 62RI ill be putting in at the neck.

    Ill report back when i do the upgrade.
     
  17. Muziekschuur

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    I revive this thread as I am interested to hear what the experiences are with these pickups.
     
  18. Grissle

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    I know that all I've heard is rave reviews for the 55's so far. Might swap my Fralins out for a set? The Fralins are too smooth and refined but the Fenders are supposed to retain a more raw woody single coil sound.
     
  19. Stone Soup

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    I would say that's pretty accurate.
     
  20. BlueTalon

    BlueTalon Happy Cynic Supporting Member

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    Add me to the list of rave reviewers. I have three of them in my avatar bass, and I love 'em. They're clean, bright, full, and punchy, with all the low and mids I could want. I liked them enough to buy another set for a future build.
     
  21. madjazzbass

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    Does anyone know if the 55's are the ones that are stock in the newer Squire vintage modified Jazzes? I own one, I sounds Amazing! but I don't know what pups are installed in there; I'm thinking it may be the Super 55 split coils...? Anyone?
     

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