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Help me identify this CIJ Fender P Bass pickup

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by portaflexer, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. portaflexer

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    Hey all. I've had this pickup for several years and I don't remember exactly which bass it came out of. Unfortunately I did not write it down, but I remember if was a Fender CIJ P Bass. Honestly though, I'm not even 100% sure this was the original pickup. The red, white, and blue wires look a bit unusual, as I thought most fenders had black and white wires. Anyway... here are a couple pics. It reads 9.6 K Ohm on my multimeter. Any ideas?

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  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    run-of-the-mill far east cheapie, with steel slugs and big ceramic bar magnets glued to the bottom.

    probably original, but who cares?
  3. portaflexer

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    Odd. Would fender have used those in the CIJ standards? I seem to remember the pickup sounds decent.
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    not odd at all, the MIJ ones usually were cheap ceramics like that; they worked, but like the rest of the electronics weren't as good as the instruments themselves.
  5. portaflexer

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    Interesting. My other CIJ (Geddy Lee Jazz) shipped with some really good pickups in it. Still, I ended up swapping them for some DiMarzios. I also had a CIJ Mustang Reissue that I sold a while back. That seemed to have a pretty decent pickup in it as well. I never pulled it out to have a look though. Thanks for the info.
  6. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    well the geddy in particular comes with USA custom shop pickups, that's a big selling point for it.

    i'm thinking more about '80s-'90s japanese reissues; some of the newer ones might be coming with alnico-rod pickups, which would be closer to the real thing.

    i'd still upgrade them right away if they were mine, though.
  7. portaflexer

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    I think it was a bass from the 1990s, so that sounds reasonable to me. Again... thanks for your help. :)

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