1960-62 jazz bass pickups??

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Bassdude15, Mar 27, 2014.

  1. Bassdude15


    Feb 26, 2013
    I'm just thinking of potential modding here, but I love the sound of early 60s jazz basses; they sound a bit different than those from subsequent years.
    I remember reading an article awhile ago, (can't find it, inconveniently enough) stating that from 1960 to 1962, and possibly part of '63, that Fender used much thicker wire in their pickups, but under-wound them.
    I also read that in the original design the neck pickup had alnico III magnets, while the bridge pickup used alnico V.

    Can anyone verify whether this is true, and if so, could you recommend anyone that could make me custom pickups to spec??
  2. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    Can't say for sure when they're coming out, but the next set of passive pickups that EMG is doing will be a J set based on the pickups in Bobby Vega's 61 Jazz. Of course, that does you not much good right at this moment but it's something to look forward to.
  3. Low Class

    Low Class Supporting Member

    Jul 4, 2005
    Orange Park, Florida
    I have yet to find a J set that sounds like my '62 Jazz, and I've tried them all. I'm anxious to see what EMG comes up with.
  4. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
    TB'er narud has a couple of threads about the subject. You might do a search for threads he's started.