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What are the fattest J bass pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Ryan Mohr, Sep 28, 2009.


  1. Ryan Mohr

    Ryan Mohr

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    I'm looking for a set of super fat, thick, warm, dark, mellow, smooth, organic, and deep J bass pickups to put in my SX J bass. I'm not looking for grind or aggression, sizzle or shine. Here are some pickups I think might get me there:

    DiMarzio Ultra Jazz
    DiMarzio Model J
    Seymour Duncan SJB-2
    Bartolini 9J1

    Thanks!
     
  2. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    The fattest I've heard are Nordstrand Fat Stacks, but obviously they aren't drop in replacements for standard Jazz pickups.

    That said, I would add the Nordy NJ4's to your list.

    I'd also think the SD Antiquity would be better than the SJB-2s.

    I haven't tried them myself, but Lindy Fralins get a lot of love too.
     
  3. Stereo Joe

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    I think the Model J's would be what you're looking for. I had them in a jazz bass for a short while and they are the deepest, thickest sounding 'J' pickups I've ever used. I was not too thrilled because I like the more classic jazz sound, but based on what you're looking for, they would probably be perfect for you!
     
  4. Demon_Hunter

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    How would you describe this tone?

    I love it and want it.

     
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  6. newbold

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    Wish they made the model J in a 5 string version.
     
  7. Jared Lash

    Jared Lash Casting out the nines Supporting Member

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    That is the epitome of the active jazz/modern jazz/super jazz or whatever you want to call it. There are quite a few pickups that would work (Sadowsky, Nordstrand etc), generally active with a preamp and using SS roundwounds.

    It's also a tone that I would guess is on the other side of jazz tones relative to what the OP is looking for.
     
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    Seymour Duncan Antiquity IIs are ridiculously fat, it's like putting a pair of truck nuts on your bass.
     
  10. JonesKY

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    Ditto! Tough to go wrong with the Dimarzio Model J for fat. Great price, too, and humbucking! Everyone ought to have at least one 'fat' bass.
     
  11. Lackey

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    LOVE the Model J's - phenomenal pickup, sounds great solo and is amazing for cutting through a mix. Really a bargain too, especially now with a lot of these warmed over boutique pickups going for (IMO) ridiculous prices. I know they sound good, but so do a lot of other non boutique pickups as well.
     
  12. fullrangebass

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    You have just described Villex pickups. They offer that and whole lot more

    www.villex.com
     
  13. fuNKmaster83

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    the fattest in my oppinion are aero as far as single coils go... but dimarzio and schaller make humbucking js so the y should sound fatter than normal single col j
     
  14. Ryan Mohr

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    Thanks for the opinions guys! But no love for the ultra jazz or barts?

    I have a set of NJ4s and I'm definitely looking for more fatness and thickness.
    The Model Js are definitely a top contender! Bonus: those sweet cream covers.
    Those look awesome but I'm not looking to spend more than $100-120.
     
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  16. The Shredbaron

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    I have Ultra J's in my '07 Highway One, along with an Audere JZ-3 preamp.

    Had it out to a jam last week, everyone was freaking out about how great it sounded (in all three "Z-modes").

    Between being able to blend the pickups in any ratio, have complete hum-cancelling if you go 100% one way or the other, and change the capacitance with the "Z-switch" you can go from earth-shattering low end to bright slap tone - and that's without even getting into the High/Mid/Low EQ cut/boost.

    I'm super-thrilled with this bass and the tone, just love the pickups. My buddy has Model Js in his bass, they sound awesome too.

    Personally I think the DiMarzios will get you there and do it inexpensively.
     
  17. noahw1

    noahw1 Supporting Member

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    Doesn't the bassist for Jamiriquai use a P-Bass on some songs? The Live From Abbey Road videos show him using a P for one tune and a J for slapping.
    Also, Ben Kenney for Incubus uses flatwounds.
    Have you tried using flatwounds to find that fat sound you're looking for?
     
  18. rdwoody1

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    I agree with the Antiquity IIs. I have a set of those in my Jazz bass and I love them. I never knew a pickup change could make that big of a difference in my bass tone. Absolutely awesome!
     
  19. Bassamatic

    Bassamatic keepin' the beat since the 60's Supporting Member

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    I put some of the SCN Noiseless Fender Pups in my jazz, and they sound great, quiet and very fat compared with the stock Pups.
     
  20. pickles

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    In my 5 string testing the fralins were the fattest, though I didn't have any dimarzios to test since they don't make them the right size.

    Overall though, swapping J pickups doesn't change your final tone all that much. It is really fine tuning.
     
  21. Jim C

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    I've tried Lawrence, Lace Sensor, and Model J's

    Model J's were the fatest and record very well; they aren't as articulate or detailed although not so sure that super warm and fat can be all things.
     

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