62 reissue pickup question

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by steve2, Oct 22, 2001.

  1. steve2


    Sep 23, 2001
    Piney Flats, TN
    I have a 2000 MIM J Bass and I was thinking of getting the Fender 62 reissue. I can get them around $80. Would these be a lot better than my stock pups. Thanks

  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    YES!!!! Either of these pickups would make your MIM Jazz sound MUCH MUCH BETTER. :)

    Taken from the Fender site:
    <b><u>Custom Shop '60 J bass</b></u>
    <img src="http://www.fender.com/spa/images/pickups/60jazzbass.jpg">
    The Real Deal! Custom Shop '60s Jazz Bass pickups recreate one of the tones sought after by bass players throughout the world. Made with Special Alnico 5 magnets, Formvar-coated wire, fiber bobbins, cloth wires and black covers. Slightly overwound for increased output and mid-range, these pickups deliver the punch and growl that made the Jazz Bass famous! OEM on many Custom Shop Basses.

    <font size=1>Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Bridge
    DC Resistance 7.4K
    Inductance 3.25Henries

    Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Neck
    DC Resistance 7.1K Inductance 3.18Henries

    Available in black only, sold as set of 2 or as each</font>
    These picks have a list price of $79.99 each or $159 a pair & would normally sell for about $55-60 each or $100-110 a pair.

    <b><u>Original Jazz Bass</b></u>
    <img src="http://www.fender.com/spa/images/pickups/jazzbass.jpg">
    To get an Original, we started with a classic! We carefully studied Jazz Bass pickups from the early '60s and duplicated the materials and construction to produce these modern classics. We've made everything as original as possible, from the flush-mounted Alnico 5 magnets and enamel- coated magnet wire to the fiber bobbin and cloth output wire. The result is a sound that's articulate, with plenty of definition and mid-range with tight low-end growl. OEM on American Vintage and Geddy Lee J-Basses.

    <font size=1>Original Jazz Bass Bridge
    DC Resistance 7.5K
    Inductance 3.35Henries

    Original Jazz Bass Neck
    DC Resistance 7.25K
    Inductance 3.2Henries

    Available in black only, sold as each.</font>
    These picks have a list price of $59.99 each & would normally sell for about $40-45 each.

    What confuses me is that they're both 60's pickups & cost so varied. The second set comes in the USA 75 RI basses. Why have 60's p/u's in a 70's bass? Kinda silly.
  3. steve2


    Sep 23, 2001
    Piney Flats, TN
    Thanks for all the replys. It was the original vintage I was thinking of getting to replace my 2000 MIM jazz with. I seen them for $40 each. If I can find the Custom Shop 60's for around 100 to 110. Imay just go with them. Thanks for all the imput. I am sure that either would be an improvement. Thanks again.

  4. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    I think that you would be very happy with the pickups that Fender puts in their '62 Reissues. I've had mine for about 10 years and love it. However, the pickups themselves might surprise someone who is expecting a "vitage" sound. I know that some others have talked about this on the forum before (do a search), but for what ever reason, the pickups on the '62 have more of a modern sound that one would expect of a vintage replacement pickup. That's not to say that they sound "moder". like Bartolinis or Lane Poors, but they have a lot more treble and presence than your average pickup. The reason why I think that you will like them is, regardless of what kind of style(s) you play, that treble presence is there if you want it. If you want more of a bluesy, classic rock, true vintage sound, just roll back the tone knob a couple of notches and you've got a pickup that sounds very punchy...great for fingerstyle playing. Overall, it is a well-balanced, quality, jack-of-all trades pickup....and they're even good for slapping!
  5. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    I've taken the pickups from my '92 MIM Jazz apart... I'm pretty sure anything would sound better. Musician's Friend has the 60s for $99.99... mine should be here any day

  6. pc


    Apr 4, 2000
    Montreal QC
    My Squier J fretless sound used to vanish on the mix... I've had to do the series/parallel mod to get some punch.

    I've just changed the original pickups with the 62's


    Man! What a difference!!! Now I CAN hear my bass!!! I agree with JPJ, Their versatility is amazing!

    Now the mwah factor looks more like a roar :D