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P/J matchup - Fender Original 1962 P Bass Pickup + DiMarzio DP148 Ultra Jazz?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jeffkew, Dec 21, 2013.

  1. jeffkew

    jeffkew Bass Curious Supporting Member

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    I'm looking for opinions or experience with how DiMarzio DP148 Ultra Jazz would match up with Fender Original 1962 P Bass Pickup. I've already installed the 62 P bass pickup in my fender jaguar modern player - would the ultra jazz work well with it?
  2. Session1969

    Session1969 Gold Supporting Member

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    I have one in the bass I just ordered and the owner mentioned that it's one of the hotter pup's out there which is a good thing for a p/j because of the strength of the P pup. They seem to be THE choice but , hey, who knows.
  3. jeffkew

    jeffkew Bass Curious Supporting Member

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    Thanks for the input!
  4. Isotonic

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    I have tried this combination and it is a popular one, but for me it did not work. The Ultra-J bridge is a little bright for my tastes and it doesn't musically blend with the superb '62 reissue P in my opinion. To me, I don't need matched level. I need a musical blend. I rarely solo a bridge pickup. I do love the Jaco sound, but I get that by plucking close to the bridge and allowing the neck pickup to fill in the lows for the bridge, even if it is not full on. I look for midrange sweetness in a bridge pickup. The Ultra J is recessed in the mids and hot in the highs and lows.

    Overall, I think the Ultra-J set is a nice modern sounding pickup set, but not a good match for the 62 RIP.
  5. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member

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    the area J will match every bit as well as a real single coil, just without the noise.

    i even find it to be reasonably balanced with the P pickup.
  6. hamfistUK

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    Good call.
  7. panamonte

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    This is the combination I put in my American Deluxe P and IMO they work really well together.
  8. jeffkew

    jeffkew Bass Curious Supporting Member

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    Do you mean the 62 original + the ultra jazz?
  9. panamonte

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    Sorry, that was a bit unclear wasn't it? Yes, I do mean the 62 and the Ultrajazz. I agree that the UJ has a wide frequency range (including a pronounced top end), but I just knock the tone back a bit. I think the two pickups are well matched for output and blend very pleasingly. YMMV.
  10. GFinnsson

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    In my opinion try the Dimarzio Model J with the 62. It will blend perfectly
  11. dave_bass5

    dave_bass5 Supporting Member

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    I was going to go this exact same route in my Squier VM PJ. I really needed a bridge pup that didn't buzz, and already had the Fender 62RI pup.
    Luckily for me I couldn't get just the bridge model J pup, so turned to the Fender Super 55 jack pup. This is quit a thick sounding jazz pup and I love it. It's solid enough to use on its own, but blends well with the fender P pup. It's not quite as growly as the stock Squier pup! but good enough to add that extra growl to the P tone.
    I now have a Fralin in at the neck position now, but to be honest I don't really hear much difference between the two. Again, the super 55 blends in really well with that as well.

    Just another option possibly worth think it about.

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