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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 Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    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!
     
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  3. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    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.
     
  4. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    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...
     
  5. Bobster

    Bobster

    Mar 27, 2006
    Austin, TX
    How about a used MiM Jazz ;-)
     
  6. tjh

    tjh Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Minnesota
    .. or, pick up a Squier Affinity body for cheap .. they are alder
     
  7. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    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.
     
  8. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    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.
     
  9. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Well, that sucks.
     
  10. kohntarkosz

    kohntarkosz Banned

    Oct 29, 2013
    Edinburgh - Scotland
    Tell me about it! This forum makes me want to move to the States some times. :ninja:
     
  11. stoo

    stoo

    Nov 10, 2003
    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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