What pickups do i get???

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  1. Musicman041

    Musicman041

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    So I have a Fender Mexican J bass and I am looking to upgrade the pups. I am looking for passive pups because unless i make a hole somewhere in my bass there is no room for a battery. Also I do play out and already have an active bass so i guess im looking to expand my arsenal with my hopefully soon to be upgraded passive fender. Most pup sets i find aren't the same size. My bass has the two 3.6 inch length, all the pup sets i always find have a 3.75 and 3.6 size. Does a passive pup set even exist in the same size or do i have to buy two seperate ones??
  2. kenneffdupriest

    kenneffdupriest Supporting Member

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    Lindy Fralins
  3. BlueTalon

    BlueTalon Happy Cynic Supporting Member

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    Your best bet would be to contact BestBassGear and just ask them. (That's what I would do, anyway.)
  4. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    That does make it a little tough, but most companies that sell JJ sets will sell you two of the same size pickup as well. If they don't offer them separately on their websites already, no harm in emailing and asking them if they can help a brother out.
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  6. acebase62

    acebase62 Supporting Member

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    I've bought a single Seymour Duncan J pickup on a couple occasions (to use in a PJ bass) .

    I assume other makers would allow you 2 separate J pickups of the same size.
  7. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner at Mo's Shop - Tech at Nordstrand Supporting Member

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    nordstrand could make a custom set for ya….
  8. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner at Mo's Shop - Tech at Nordstrand Supporting Member

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    they would have to be made specifically as matching pair, using two necks pups would not humcan
  9. The_Phoenician

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    Dimarzio offers their pickups in matching sizes precisely for this problem. Also, I'm sure you could get Lindy Fralin to wind two neck pickups for hum-canceling. No harm in asking, at least.
  10. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

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    I'd just use humbuckers instead of single coils myself ;) Not very wiring savvy but always thought it was the way they were wired together that makes them humcan.
  11. acebase62

    acebase62 Supporting Member

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    X2.

    I should have said that the individual SD J pickups I bought were hum cancelling.

    There are some good hum cancelling J pickups out there, and you avoid some problems if using 2 of the same pickup.
  12. gary m

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    Carvin sells matching J size pickups also.
  13. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

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    DiMarzio Area J's. Just get two of the short size. They are hum cancelling so you don't have to worry about trying to find a pair of short J pickups with one being reverse wound.
  14. maurilio

    maurilio Musician - Owner at Mo's Shop - Tech at Nordstrand Supporting Member

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    the "only" problem I see is that since the neck pups are wound differently than the bridge ones, they will be respectively unbalanced sound and output wise…. but than again, it is all in the pudding and not the receipt :D

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