Poll: Modding My Affinity J5

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dr. Cheese, Jan 27, 2014.


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What Mod Package Should I Choose?

  1. DiMarzio Ultra Jazz Pickups Only

    11 vote(s)
    55.0%
  2. Bartolini Humcancelers Only

    1 vote(s)
    5.0%
  3. Ultra Jazz & Bartolini two band preamp

    1 vote(s)
    5.0%
  4. Ultra Jazz & Aguilar two band preamp

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  5. Bartolinis & Bartolini two band preamp

    3 vote(s)
    15.0%
  6. Bartolini & Aguilar two band preamp

    2 vote(s)
    10.0%
  1. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    I am not much for modding basses, but I really like my Affinity J-bass V, and I honestly have much more important things to spend money on this year than bass gear. I love the way my Affinity plays, and I think its B string is quite solid. My main issues are the lack of shielding and a somewhat thin tone compared to more expensive basses. This means my priorities are a great shielding job and either new pickups (Barts or DiMarzio Ultra Jazzes,) or new pickups and a two band preamp.

    I'll list my options in a poll. I picked Barts and DiMarzio pickups for a more modern and quiet sound plus they are fairly cheap. I also picked Bartolini and Aguilar pickups because they are fairly inexpensive and are consistently good.
  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    Another option could have been order a Carvin B50 or PB5 because the money from selling my Affinity plus the costs of the mods would get me 1/3 of the way to the price of modestly optioned Carvin.
  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    I see Barts only is a popular choice. That plus shielding would be well under $200. My pocket would like that solution a lot!:bassist:
  4. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    I can't read! The Ultra Jazzes are the number one choice! That's great, those pickups are about $35 cheaper than Bartolinis.:D
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  6. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    It seems that Ultra Jazzes are the winners so far. I was leaning towards these already. I think Ultra Jazzes and shielding will be it for my Affinity.
  7. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    One last feedback bump.
  8. Doug Parent

    Doug Parent Gold Supporting Member

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    The tone is contributed to by a wide variety of factors including the woods used for the body and neck. Switching pickups is no promise of a huge change in the "voice" of a bass.
  9. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    I know I cannot make my Affinity what it is not, but I can make it better.
  10. WillInDenver

    WillInDenver An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

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    Interesting that Nordstrand NJ5s aren't on your consideration list.

    My experience is limited - my Valenti originally had Sadowsky pickups, which along with its ash body and maple neck were a little too bright and clicky for what I wanted out of that bass. I put in the NJ5s and the result was just what I wanted - about 40% more vintage (if that can be measured) and a generally more mellow top end.

    Worth considering.
  11. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    Budget is why Nordstrand is not on the list. I want to improve a budget bass. I don't want to go overboard spending money on a $200 bass. Nordstrand 2X more than than the pickups I am considering.
  12. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    Just a thought that doesn't fit your poll:
    -do your really good shielding job.
    -get a Sadowsky outboard preamp/DI. it'll multi-task with any other bases you have.
  13. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    Good idea!
  14. WillInDenver

    WillInDenver An ounce of perception, a pound of obscure. Supporting Member

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    Makes sense. I had no idea there was that much price difference.
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    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    The LR Baggs Paracoustic DI is another option I like that you might check out.
  16. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member

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    The DiMarzios won't fit into the Affinity Jazz V. They are both 3.735" long. You need a set that are 3.98" for the neck pickup and 4.13" for the bridge pickup. Approximately.

    Also, the openings on the Affinity are slightly smaller than the appropriate sized pickups so there will be some modification needed to install them.
  17. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Supporting Member

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    Thanks. I may just do shielding and buy an outboard preamp like a Sadowsky or Tone Hammer.

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