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Single coil Tele bass vs. neck pup on Jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jim C, Jan 15, 2014.

  1. Jim C

    Jim C

    Nov 29, 2008
    I have become obsessed with Ron Wood's bass playing on the early Jeff Beck, Rod Stewart, and Faces projects.
    As I understand it, most of these tracks were played on a Tele bass.

    I've tried two Tele basses years ago and the baseball neck does not fit my hand well.
    I have not had much luck getting close to this sound with the neck pup only with a J bass and assume the pickup design (and possibly placement) are the reasons.

    Does anyone make a single coil Tele bass copy with a J neck (1 1/2" nut)? Looking for a cheaper instrument to try before dropping major coin.
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  4. rumblinbass


    Aug 22, 2003
    Wimberley, TX
    I think placement has just as much do with tone as much as pickup design. That said, would you consider installing a Tele pickup on your Jazz? If there is not any clearance issues you could have all 3 pickups. Just a thought.
  5. jnewmark

    jnewmark Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Play guitar.
    I love the tone he gets on " Gasoline Alley " LP, especially, " You're My Girl ".
  6. The pics I've seen show Wood playing what looks like the original looking Pbass, single coil near what you would call the "sweet spot" position.
  7. headband


    Oct 18, 2013
    Ron Wood played sn early Tele single coil bass. My 69 sounds just like those recordings. You can get it with a single coil pbass-look for a used mij.
  8. jnewmark

    jnewmark Supporting Member

    Aug 31, 2006
    Stax 1966
    Play guitar.
    Same one Sting plays ?
  9. Jim C

    Jim C

    Nov 29, 2008
    Looks like I found the answer to my own post
    I assume this will accept a tele pup without major work
    1 1 /2" nut; lightweight
    Might need a setup; cheap!

    I have had 3 SX's, how does the Douglas compare?

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