Replacement pickups for Squier Active Deluxe Jazz 5

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by jcburn, Jul 12, 2013.


  1. jcburn

    jcburn

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    Hi everyone. I've recently ditched the preamp in this bass as I didn't like the way it coloured the tone, however the tone is now what Is call sterile (there's that word), or maybe lack lustre is a better description.
    My pickup choice is a little limited as at this stage I don't want to do any routing. Dimarzio Area J and Ultra J will fit, so will Sadowsky. Not sure of any others. The tone I am after is as close as possible to my main bass that has a Dimarzio DP126 PJ set. Definitely has more prominent mids and low mids. Would like to keep the setup passive too.
    Any suggestions appreciated.
  2. tedsalt

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    Not sure what the Dimarzio's sound like, but if it were mine I'd use Lollar pups, CTS 250k linear taper volume pots, a Stellartone Tonestyler, and good wire.
  3. PilbaraBass

    PilbaraBass

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    Hey Jake,
    What preamp did you end up with?
    What are you looking for in the tone? More mids? More low end?

    I'm really keen on going for a set of Area J's at some point... But for me, the strings I use make the biggest difference (Fodera SS are AWESOME!)
  4. PilbaraBass

    PilbaraBass

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    Also, for low mids, have you considered a series mod? I use mine a lot when I want the bass to have that extra "oomph"
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  6. jcburn

    jcburn

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    Hey man - how's things. I appreciate the help you've given me with these things.
    I guess I can only describe the difference as I think the stock Squier pickups sound Ok, but they sound like typical single coil jazz pickups - a little scooped, less output and lacking "balls" for want of a better term. Just running them passive and would like to keep them that way. I'm not a fan of onbaord EQ. The Dimarzios have strong mids with a definite low mid bump that doesn't get boomy but really delivers a thick, robust tone. Pretty hot output too.
    I use EB Power Slinkys for strings - I like the tone and tension. Have been thinking of Area J 5's as well, just wondering if there are any other choices out there to muscle up the tone a little from standard passive JJ. Nordies maybe? I dunno - biggest problem is finding pickups that will fit.
  7. PilbaraBass

    PilbaraBass

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    Send Nordstrand an email... They're really pretty good about answering queries...

    I find that running the stock pickups in series really brings some cajones to the tone... Darker and stronger but still articulate... Similar to the stock "slap switch" without the muddiness

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