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93-94 MIJ Jazz Pickups

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Vox Populi, Nov 19, 2005.

  1. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    I'm thinking about getting a used 1975 Reissue MIJ Jazz built in 1993-1994. I was looking at the pics of it when I noticed the pickups:

    (It's a big picture, so just click on the link to see it)

    The bridge pickup looks the same size as the neck pickup. It also looks like the routing on the bridge pickup is bigger than the pickup itself. Do you think these are aftermarket pickups put in here? Or a bad routing job on the part of Fender Japan?

    Should I ask the seller about it? I'm the current high bidder. If it's just an MIM size pickup in there, it's no big deal, I'll take it out and replace with CS 60s.
  2. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    I contacted the seller, and they said everything was stock... But it doesn't look right to me. It still looks like someone jammed the wrong pickup in here.

    Did Fender Japan used to use MIM style pickups, or have they always used USA style (i.e. larger bridge pickup)? Because they look the same size. :meh:
  3. chrisgp


    Jul 13, 2005
    I'm the owner of a 60's MIJ Jazz Bass made in 1993/94 (serial number : O 38140) and the bridge pickup is about 3mm larger than the neck pickup...
  4. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    Meh, it's not bothering me that much now. It still looks to me like someone jammed the wrong pickup in there. If I win I'll have to check it out.

    Thanks for the post.
  5. Pickebass

    Pickebass Supporting Member

    Jul 12, 2004
    San Antonio, TX
    I own a 94 jazz bass CIJ and it uses standard size jazz pickups. I was able to install standard (meaning bigger at the bridge) EMG pickups. Honestly, the pickups were very noisy. It actually looks like the pickup is a little smaller than standard at the bridge (look near the G-string). Looks like there is extra space near the end. This is why it looks stuffed at the other end. Should be a great bass