Thinking aloud - Can a MIM Jazz body fit a P pickup?

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by kohntarkosz, Nov 11, 2013.


  1. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz

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    Hello all,

    I've seen pictures of parted-out MIM Jazz basses. The neck pickup route appears to be wider than a standard J pickup. However, I cannot find out if a P pickup fits in there without issue. Presumably all you need is a custom pickguard if the route is big enough...

    Thanks in advance!
  2. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

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    It's not quite big enough, at least in an MIM body, but it's very close. Takes just a small amount of trimming to get a P pup in the neck spot of an MIM j.
  3. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz

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    Thanks for the reply. I'm not up for 'trimming' a new MIM bass. I think the next best bet is to stick in a Dimarzio Model J pickup...
  4. Bobster

    Bobster

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    How about a used MiM Jazz ;-)
  5. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

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    .. or, pick up a Squier Affinity body for cheap .. they are alder
  6. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

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    I tried the model J set first. It brought the thunder no doubt, but it didn't sound like a P bass. It sounded like a jacked up jazz bass with a ton of low range, but it didn't sound like a P. If you are going to stick to the straight pup config, try the Area J pups. They'll give you a more well rounded, classic J sound than the model J's. Oh and compared to the stock MIM pups, they will deliver more volume and no single coil hum.

    If you want to go the P pup in the neck route, take it to your friendly neighborhood tech and get them to do it for you. My guy had a template and router, took him all of 10 minutes start to finish and he charged me a whopping $15.00.

    I bought a J pick guard from Warmoth with a P cutout and used that to get the position just right before I took it to the guitar doctor.
  7. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz

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    Getting Warmoth stuff into the UK is an exercise in futility, sadly. The cheapest shipping option is $47, onto a $32 pickguard. Then the helpful UK Border Agency will want 20% of the value as well has a handling fee....

    Even friendly backyard luthiers are impossible to find here.
  8. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

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    Well, that sucks.
  9. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz

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    Tell me about it! This forum makes me want to move to the States some times. :ninja:
  10. stoo

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    Depends where in the UK you are. If you're anywhere near Salisbury, Wilts then I'd happily recommend Nick Marchant - http://www.guitarrepairsuk.com/index.htm


    Instead of Warmoth - try ebay for pickguards for a Blacktop Jazz or Reggie Hamilton sig or Vintage Hot Rod 70s Jazz - maybe even a Mark Hoppus sig, although they've got the coils reversed and the PG extends to also replace the bellplate, and only has 2 holes for a single pot config

    Here's one - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/E01-3-Ply...041?pt=Guitar_Accessories&hash=item4ac8f48951

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