Fretless Jazz Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by dudi8, Feb 9, 2013.


  1. dudi8

    dudi8 Supporting Member

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    Hi!
    i have a fretless jazz bass equipped with DiMarzio Noiseless pickups and i thought of upgrade the pickups to one of these:
    Nordstrand NJ4
    EMG JV-X
    Delano JMVC-4 FE M2

    im looking for the jaco growl
    what do you think???

    Thanks!
  2. Lackey

    Lackey

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    I have the DiMarzio Model Js in my fretless, you cannot go wrong with them IMO. Growl and low mids for days..
  3. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

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    The EMG JVX are awesome based on this review from Ed Friedland and very versatile.



    :)
  4. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Supporting Member

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  6. Davo-London

    Davo-London

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    Folks

    I'm in a similar mood.

    I have a MIJ Jaco Jazz and have had the neck epoxy'd.

    I have NJ4SE pickups and an Audere Pre-amp. Otherwise it's stock!!!! : )

    Anyways, I'm still getting a slight phased sound from this set-up, which I don't like and I really only ever use the bridge pickup so my Audere is a bit overkill (I wanted a blend).

    I want the purest Jaco tone possible, I'm thinking of ditching the Audere going back to passive and installing NJ4s or SD Antiquity IIs. I hear hand-wound and overwound give the best antique sounding PUs plus there's loads of boutique pickup makers out there and it's difficult to choose. I don't mind trying a few.

    Cheers
    Davo
  7. TN WOODMAN

    TN WOODMAN

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    I also have the js in my fretless, coupled with the John East Retro J preamp and tapewounds-wow.

    Perhaps consider the preamp-very versatile and passive selectable.

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