What Jazz pickups am I *really* after?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by tonymcbony, Dec 15, 2012.

  1. tonymcbony


    Mar 21, 2006
    I'm looking for a set of J pups that have a solid punchy low end, grindy upper mids and clarity up the top.

    What would you recommend for that?
    Single Coil is better for me, more likely to get that snarly quality.

    I'm putting them in a 2011 USA Am Std Jazz Bass.

    I've read the big thread and have gotten caught between
    Antiquity II's, NJ4's and NJ4SV's, and the bass currently has Dimarzio Model J's.
  2. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

    Apr 19, 2009
    Sounds like the reason I prefer Fralin's..
  3. Marton


    Sep 20, 2005
    My Fender CS 60s Jazz pickup are totally like that. Awesome pickup for the price.
  4. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
    whatever Sadowsky uses. Those things are @#$ nice!
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  6. My Di Marzio Js are like that. Maybe the John East Retro J helps.
  7. Danno1985


    Aug 27, 2012
    Milwaukee, WI
    Not to further confuse things, but I have the Antiquity IIs and they have all the great snarly, growly classic Jazz sounds you could ever ask for.
  8. awamori


    Dec 10, 2009
    Delano JMVC 4 FE/M2's have that tone that you're looking for but they're quite expensive if you're on a tight budget. The cheaper option is the DiMarzio Model J's you'll get them quicker than the Delano's though.
  9. pattyløve


    Apr 7, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: Ashdown Engineering, D'addario
    His 2011 Am St Jazz would already have those as standard. I have them in my Am Jazz and even though I love them, I would describe them more as dark and articulate (rather than the grindy and clear tone that the OP is looking for).
  10. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    Rio Grande Vintage sounds exactly like what you are looking for.
  11. tonymcbony


    Mar 21, 2006
    I missed the cut off for those; mine still has the older pickups stock. It's currently got Model J's in but I'm looking for more snarl and bite in the top end.
  12. Stone Soup

    Stone Soup

    Dec 3, 2012
    Fralin single coils. Beautiful open sound.
  13. Cutty


    Jun 25, 2006
    +1 ;)
  14. tonymcbony


    Mar 21, 2006
    Thanks folks, took your advice on the Fralins; you weren't wrong, they were exactly what I was after!

    Crazily crunchy!

    GODSBASSMAN Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2005
    S. Carolina
  16. SigiZ58


    Aug 23, 2012
    Switzerland, Bern
    As far as I Know, they started 2012 with the CS 60th PUs...