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Jazz pickup in a p/j

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jamersonburton, Jan 7, 2013.

  1. jamersonburton


    Jul 22, 2011
    So i have a matt freeman pbass with a seymour duncan quarter pounder spb3 pickup in it. I enjoy the huge presence it has. However, i wouldn't mind having the versatility of a jazz pup in the bridge. Which of the following would you jazz folks suggest? thanks!
  2. madmarvin


    Mar 7, 2005
    Ontario, NY
    I have a quarter pound jazz bridge pickup in my bass. I used it with an SPB3 for years. If you like the SPB3 sound, the quarter pound jazz bridge pickup matches very well.
  3. I've got the same set up. Still working on setting it up since the cavity is super deep on my bass, but it sound great. Big, ballsy sound.
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    just be aware that as a single coil it will hum.

    my vote is to skip it, plenty of "versatility" in a plain P-bass.
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  6. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012

    not for some of us.

    I think the easiest way to do a P/J is with active pickups.
  7. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 20, 2009
    if you don't wanna go active there are a couple nice jazz pickups that hum-cancel by themselves without tone loss.

    end-to-end double coils like the dimarzio area J or ultra J, or nordstrand and fralin offerings, will hang nicely with a P pickup (especially the really beefy ultra J) without humming.
  8. Gmclachlan


    May 11, 2011
    +1 on the Fralin split coil J bridge pickup. Sounds great, no hum.
  9. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    You should look for a specific P/J set, before you start the J pickup swap game. Your choice of Jazz pickup may sound great on it's own, but will it play well with your P pickups?
  10. Figjam

    Figjam Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Dimarzio PJ sets are my favorite. Slightly huger bottom end. Great for aggressive play or detuning.

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