Jazz bass pickup suggestions

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bassface771, Aug 12, 2013.


  1. bassface771

    bassface771

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    Sadly, I am now on the market for new pickups. I am looking for something with more boom than the fender jazz bass stocks. I own a 5-string American jazz bass if this helps. I’m looking for a really tight low end and some really tasty mids haha. I would like a crisp high end, but not a clank clank overbearing sound. I use steel strings and have already changed bridges to a hipshot A (which I love). I play jazz, blues, and a lot of funk. Playing style wise I mostly slap, but finger playing’s still part of the show. What kind of pickups would you guys suggest!
    I’m considering Lindy Fralin Pickups JAZZ BASS V 10% Overwind
     
  2. pbass888

    pbass888 Supporting Member

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    if you want more thump i would suggest the sjb2 duncans. ( fat pbass like tone slightly overwound and not too harsh like the qps (imho)). if you want a more trad single coil jazz sound go for the fender originals or my favs the sjb1 by duncan.
     
  3. Matt R.

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  4. bassface771

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    pbass888 thanks for the suggestion, I'm researching them right now! Matt I've already read it up and down, and it wasn't as useful as you might think ;). Please consider that people research before asking questions!
     
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  6. Matt R.

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    Um ok. Just trying to help out.
     
  7. Dan55

    Dan55 Supporting Member

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    A set of DiMarzio Model Js did it for me. Bottom end punch.

    Dan
     
  8. MDBass

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    Aguilar AG-70's or H/C's
     
  9. Lesfunk

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    You'll get a hundred players with a hundred different preferences. that being said, i have had good luck with Sadowsky Hum canceling and DiMarzio Ultra Jazz. Fralins are great too
     
  10. tracer03

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    I have Dimarzios in both my Jazz basses: Ultra Jazz and Area J. The Ultras are hot and scooped, the Area Js are more Mid-rangey. with a bit more 'punch' and clarity.

    The project Jazz will probably have Model Js - a friend has them in his Jazz and he's more of a thump/slap player (I'm pick/fingers). He's got a great defined sound for what he does.

    I love the Area Js, but YMMV, etc.
     
  11. pbass888

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    What kind of music do you play and who are bassists tones whom you admire? I think you will love the sjb 2 ..also call the custom shop at Duncan... Very helpful. A final suggestion might be a outboard sadowsky preamp for a big range of tones for all of your basses?
    Good luck!
     
  12. bassface771

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    Matt R. sorry haha I didn't read what I typed over, it was rude of me. pbass888 I really like victor w's jazzy tone and claypools harsh slap tone, I would like a sound thats somewhere in the middle. I've been making some calls and the duncans are tempting!
    Does any one know how the delanos sound?
     
  13. Dogghouse

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    The SJB-2's can drive your amp pretty hard, especially the mids. The SJB-3's (Quarter Pounds) have a bit less output and a scoopier midrange. The quarter inch diameter poles increase the overall frequency range too. Good for those venues with lousy acoustics.
     

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