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To get a J bass to sound like a MM?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Direct Box Rox, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Anyone have an opinion on what type of pu's would make a jazz bass sound close to a MM Sterling?

    Somebody once said that the Delano's with the giant pole pieces would do the trick.

    PS I'm not interested in your response if you live in NC.
  2. testing1two

    testing1two Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    Have you considered routing the bridge position for a MM or twinjazz pickup? If you're planning to swap out both pickups and add a preamp then the additional cost to route the cavity would seem negligible.

    There are several jazz pickups (including Delanos, Aero Type 4a, SGD Neo Jazzbuckers, Joe Barden J's, DiMarzio Ultra Jazz, etc.) that definitely deliver a bigger, more modern sound and certainly a 2-band preamp would add to the Sterling-style excitement, but nothing is going to transform a jazz sized pickup into an MM pickup IMO.

    That's not to say you wouldn't be happy with any of the suggestions above, but it's going to be a gamble based on how the pickups/preamp work together in your particular instrument and whether they deliver what your ears want to hear. The SGD's do have the advantage of being a true humbucker which means you can wire them series or parallel (or add a switch) depending on what sound you like.

    On another note, what's your objection to TB members from NC all about? Never mind, let's stay on topic.
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  4. TomCHunley


    Jun 12, 2011
    Bowling Green, KY
    I practice a lot but still suck.
    If you're after that MM Sterling sound, you could always trade your Jazz bass for a Sterling. :)
  5. Setting up your jazz bass in a way that the bridge pup sounds louder than the neck pup, with both pups on full you get closer to a MM sound...
  6. Thanks for the ideas & feedback, I appreciate it. I'm sure the Delano pickups will sound much different than the current Duncan Designed pickups.
  7. iunno


    Dec 16, 2010
    I find Jazzes sound similar to a Stingray with the neck at about 30% volume and the bridge at 100%.
  8. Why would any one trade their Sterling for a jazz bass?:D
  9. Red_Merkin


    Nov 12, 2012
    Well, to upgrade of course! :D
  10. Woofer


    Sep 24, 2008
    I know exactly how to do it, but I guess since I live in NC I'm not allowed to tell. Too bad.
  11. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    What's this part about?
  12. hdracer

    hdracer Supporting Member

    Feb 15, 2009
    Elk River, MN.
    Sell your Jazz to someone in NC and buy a MM
  13. scubaduba

    scubaduba Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2003
  14. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 EBMM Nut

    Jul 5, 2010
    Santa Barbara, CA
    Damn! :smug:
  15. LanEvo


    Mar 10, 2008
    Do a google search on the Jazz Bass "S1 mod" (or "Series-Parallel Swtch"). When you have both pickups at full volume and connected in series, they act as a giant humbucker. Doesn't sound exactly like a humbucker, but it's a little closer than a pair of J pickups wired in parallel. Careful EQ will get you the rest of the way there.
  16. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    It will never happen...instead of spending all that money on pickups, just buy a new SUB Sterling for $249, and you have your jazz and sterling.
  17. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    Except... Musicman pickups are wired in parallel. And since each coil is about 4k, compared to a Jazz which is about 7k to 8k, the Musicman reads 2k in parallel. Two Jazz pickups in series would be 14k+ and have a much darker tone.
  18. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    Damn video link didn't work....works below. He reviews both the sub stingray and sub sterling. Having owned both of the USA made versions, I couldn't believe how good the sub models played and sounded when I tried them out last week.
  19. VinKreepo


    Nov 13, 2009
    Yeah, it's an NC secret, but I live here, too, so.......
  20. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    Check out this video on YouTube:


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