Pimp my Jazz Bass....new pickups?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by squeally dan, Apr 13, 2014.


  1. squeally dan

    squeally dan

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    I bought this 90's USA jazz bass here on Talk bass a few years ago. The former owner used it as a touring musician and beat it up pretty good. Also, lots of the parts aren't original.

    I love the way it plays but compared to other basses it seems very sterile and just doesn't have much life. It seems like I also have to turn it up louder than other basses.

    I'm wondering if new pickups might bring it to life or maybe something else? What do you guys think?

    Also, anyone know the exact year of this one? 95?

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  2. Dragan

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    serial starts with N8 suggest thats ninety eight. sterile,eh? what strings? just dont tell me "same one I bought it with."
    If not,try different pups or more likely Sadowsky outboard pre or similar. that will lively your bass up in an instance!
     
  3. squeally dan

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    The strings are a few months old, but no, they aren't the originals. Daddario -can't remember exact model but they aren't flats.
     
  4. bluesdogblues

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    Perhaps you won't like it, but.. how about take Joe Osborn's way?..

    Heavy Flat, use pick... voila... hits maker! LOL
     
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  6. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak Supporting Member

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    I have a similar issue with one of my Jazz basses, seems "quieter" than the others....I'm going to try SD Quarter Pounders
     
  7. R&B

    R&B Don't want no treble. Supporting Member

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    Nice looking bass.

    +1 to trying various strings. Also play with pickup height. If you decide to go with new pups, DiMarzio Model J (DP123) sound good to me. Not as in-your-face as the QP. And no single coil hum!!
     
  8. ac11367

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    Dan, what's your budget in terms of upgrading your Jazz?
     
  9. floydman

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    you could drop in an aguilar OBP-1 preamp with stacked bass/treble controls where the tone knob is. That will certainly liven up the stock pickups. even better, try out some aftermarket pickups as previously suggested and pair those with a preamp. I have an obp-1 in one bass and an audere 2 band preamp in my jazz 5 string and they are both great.
     
  10. squeally dan

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    I was just thinking of rounding up some pickups or maybe even some used ones, but what do you have in mind?
     
  11. sadowskyguy

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    Another vote for model j's. They woke my jazz up!
     
  12. raventepes

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    I'd get some Duncan Quarter Pound Jazz pups and/or drop in the Aguilar OBP-1 pre-amp. As far as potential string "fixes" go, that would really depend on your style of music, but GHS Boomers are pretty universal and have good tone.
     
  13. ac11367

    ac11367 Supporting Member

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    I equipped my Lakland DJ4 with Nordstrand NJ4 pickups. It's ain't costly, but it makes my DJ growls like a real vintage Jazz.
     
  14. JimmyThunder

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  15. Paul M

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    Before you spend any money:

    Adjust the height of your pickups.

    Set up the neck relief and string height, too. That can make a lot of difference.

    You can compare these parameters with your favourite bass.

    Get some new strings that you like, if necessary.

    If you're still not satisfied, that's the time to consider some other pickups, pre-amps, etc.

    I've spent too much money on good pickups and pre-amps that I didn't really need.
     
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  16. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

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    I would do a preamp as someone suggested, I have a few preamps and upgraded J pickups if you are looking used.

    I really like a preamp in a Jazz though and for what I am reading it sounds like that maybe what you are looking for, it would make it sound a lot different.
     
  17. joedownunder

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    good suggestion. New strings help, nickel roundwound
     
  18. squeally dan

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    Will I still be able to get a traditional J sound?

    I'm playing in a wedding/dance band (Cameo, Kool & Gang, Stevie Wonder).
     
  19. JGcavaliers

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    does anybody have any experience with the basslines vintage jbass pups?
     
  20. squeally dan

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    I really like a preamp in a Jazz though and for what I am reading it sounds like that maybe what you are looking for, it would make it sound a lot different.
    Will I still be able to get a traditional J sound?

    I'm playing in a wedding/dance band (Cameo, Kool & Gang, Stevie Wonder).
     
  21. squeally dan

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    Anyone have a simmilar 90s era J? Is this a typical complaint or am I just weird?
     

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