Jazz bass conversion

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Noonan, Feb 12, 2014.


  1. Noonan

    Noonan Supporting Member

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    I have a knockoff jazz body with a nice Fender neck and terrible pickups and pots. I think I want to replace the neck pickup with a humbucker and disconnect the bridge pickup (I will probably leave it in place as a dummy). Any recommendations for a humbucker in the neck position? I assume I would wire it just like a precision bass.
  2. mrmills

    mrmills

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    What sound are you looking for? There are many options to choose from.

    Wiring would depend on what you get and what you want to do with it. A humbucker will usually come with the wiring so you can coil tap.
  3. Noonan

    Noonan Supporting Member

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    I would like to approximate a pbass tone, but a coil tap might be cool. My main gigging bass is a precision with SD split humbucker.
  4. mrmills

    mrmills

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    Something like the Seymour Duncan 35PX or 35P4 will give you a hot P sound in a humbucker housing.

    Lots and lots of passive and active Split Ps on the market, I like the sound of Bartolinis but that is just personal preference.

    Ceramic magnets make a pickup hotter and brighter (sometimes 'brittle')
    Active gives a touch more bottom end and a clearer top end. I use mostly active instruments but I do find they can be a bit too in your face for more mellow tracks.

    For coil tapping, a soapbar or MM style humbucker would do the trick. all the instruments I own with humbuckers have coil tap switches as they add tonal flexibility.
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