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Model J stock pic.jpg

Dimarzio Model J PIckups set

4.5/5, 4.5 from 4 reviews
DP 123
Model J stock pic.jpg
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Overall Rating:
4.5/5,
Sound:
4.5/5,
Features:
4.5/5,
Build Quality:
5/5,
Feel:
5/5,
Value:
4.5/5,
  1. Willy-D
    Compliments a P middle well
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Jul 19, 2020
    Sound:
    4.00/5,
    Build Quality:
    5.00/5,
    Features:
    4.00/5,
    Feel:
    5.00/5,
    Value:
    5.00/5,
    Pros
    • + More powerful than stock Js
    Cons
    • - Doesnt do traditional Mwah, but it's own type is food
    If you are looking for a traditional J sound, don't look here. These pickups are thicker sounding, but no less expressive (to me a good thing). I've used the bridge pickup forever in a variety of P deluxe type basses, and as in the title, it works really well for that, particularly as it is more powerful than the traditional single coil (balances better). Only recently did I install a full set into a fretless J and was impressed with how heavy the neck pickup sounds by itself. Allows the full Jamerson grind if you lay into it, yet it can blend to add just a little bottom to the bridge p'up for a thickened type of mwah.
    Price Paid:
    Various
  2. staccatogrowl
    Noiseless design with decent mids and all-around tone
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Jul 19, 2020
    Sound:
    5.00/5,
    Build Quality:
    5.00/5,
    Features:
    5.00/5,
    Feel:
    5.00/5,
    Value:
    5.00/5,
    Dimarzio Model Js are my favorite aftermarket J pickup. They have a flexible tone profile and offer good midrange response. They are definitely not a scooped-mid pickup. Good overall output is welcome, as is the affordable price. My only disappointment with these pickups is that they are not available for 5-string bass.
    Price Paid:
    $129.99 US
  3. jamro217
    Unique pickups.
    4/5, 4 out of 5, reviewed Aug 22, 2016
    Sound:
    4/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros
    • + loud, humbucking
    Cons
    • - Unusual sound
    These Jazz Bass replacement pickups are humbuckers that feature two coils side by side, similar to a split P bass pickup. They are loud and powerful with a different tone than single coils. Not a bad sound, but not what you'd expect from a typical Jazz bass.
    Price Paid:
    $70 used for the pair
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  4. Eilif
    A time-tested J set and still a great option.
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed Oct 21, 2015
    Sound:
    5/5,
    Build Quality:
    5/5,
    Value:
    4/5,
    Pros
    • + Well made, dead silent and very thick and even sounding.
    Cons
    • - May not have the brightness that many modern and slap players prefer.
    Dimarzio Model J pups have been sold for well over 30 years and their continued sales show the utility of the design. Fundamentally, they improve/modify 4 aspects of the classic Fender Jazz pickup design.
    -Due to a split-coil humbucking design (much like a P-bass pickup) they are noiseless when soloed or in combination.
    -Individually adjustable poles allow for more even string to string response.
    -Generally stronger output than stock pickups
    -Puts in a bit of the mids and lows that a traditional Jazz set lacks in certain settings.

    I installed them in a parts bass that had formerly worn a set of Fender "Noiseless" pickups until one of them died. I found that the Model J's did all the things mentioned above well. The tone is balanced and thick and there is no hum in any position. I found it to be notably warmer, thicker and less "zingy" than a traditional J pickup which was just what I was hoping for.
    I'm generally a P-bass fan so while Iand prefer a thicker sound I really don't want to loose clarity and these were perfect. It is also great to be able to solo either pickup in any situation and not have to worry about single-coil buzz. Some folks have compared model J pickups to having a pair of P-pickups. I wouldn't go that far, but there are some P'ish characteristics in a model J.

    It must be noted that Folks looking for a very lively bright set of pickups will probably not find these to their liking. The less-emphasized highs of the model J means that such a player would probably be better served by the Dimarzio "UltraJazz" set which has much stronger highs and a brighter voicing. The Dimarzio model J would be fine for finger style and pick players, but slap players would probably benefit from a brighter pickup as well.

    As an aside, I installed these with a series-paralell switch and I can report that despite not being single coil pickups, switching to "Series" still brings the thick humbucker'ish tone that one would expect. The differences between the two settings aren't quite as pronounced as would be with a true single coil set, but they are definitely different enough that a series parallel switch is a worthwhile addition to a bass with these pickups.

    In conclusion, I've had these pickups for about 4 years and can confidently say that, if you're looking for a bright and modern pickup this set not for you. However if you want a J pickup set that is a bit thicker and rounder than a traditional J with even response and a strong (but not overdriven) output, this could be exactly what you're looking for. It's a time tested design with a great tone that is entirely worthy of consideration.
    Price Paid:
    $150
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    Artman, btmpancake, waynobass and 4 others like this.
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