Which are the better jazz bass pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by cfick, Mar 11, 2014.


  1. cfick

    cfick

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    I recently purchased an American Special Jazz bass, which comes with the "standard vintage alnico magnet single coil" pickups. I also have some pickups from an '89 american jazz bass. Wondering if those old 80's pickups are better than the ones that come stock in the new american special? Assuming they cut some costs on those american special pickups and maybe the older ones would give better tone?
  2. Erik Turkman

    Erik Turkman Supporting Member

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    Going to give this thread a bump as I'm also curious about what people think about the pickups in an Am. Special Jazz.
  3. spanndrew

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  4. jwsturgis

    jwsturgis Supporting Member

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    The 80's pup's should be a little hotter, than the newer ones. By the 90's most of the big companies started cashing in on the vintage pickup ohm output.
    Last edited: Apr 18, 2014
  5. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

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    Why don't you install them and decide which you like best?

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