American Jazz "Noiseless" pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Gabu, Oct 21, 2001.

  1. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Went back to Guitar Center again in my continuing quest for my next bass. I have now heard that the noiseless pickups in the American Jazz have a "dummy" second coil that somehow squishes the hum that single coil pickups can produce. I like the tone better from a Mexican Jazz bass. These are not the "noiseless" type. Am I going to regret not having a noiseless pickup when I turn up my rig? My amp does have a noise gate if I should choose to use it (The Carvin R600)... Would that accomplish the same thing as the noiseless pickups?

  2. Oysterman


    Mar 30, 2000
    No, the noise gate won't do the same thing - a noise gate silences the signal when the volume is below a certain threshold, a threshold set high enough to eliminate buzz and humming when you don't play, and let through the notes you pluck (which hopefully will be louder than the noise). A humcancelling pickup cancels noise all the time, and not only when you rest.

    Also, rumour has it that the Carvin noise gate is pure poo. A humcancelling pickup you could take into consideration instead of the Fender noiseless ones is the DiMarzio DP149 Ultra Jazz - recieved praise in Bass Player's shootout and has an overall good reputation AFAIK.

    And I don't think the humming will be overbearing when you turn up your rig, it's worse if it's not grounded and/or shielded (like my bass - not humcancelling, not shielded, not grounded... gotta do something about that! :eek: ).
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    IMO The Fender Noisless P/u's sound like CRAP!!!!! No matter how silent they are, they sound like CRAP!!!!! Go for the MIM DLX!!!!! IMO much better sounding bass then the new MIA DXL w/Noisless.
  4. Gabu


    Jan 2, 2001
    Lake Elsinore, CA
    Okay... That's enough for me. In the weeks I have been hunting for a bass I have not found anyone to say anything positive about those pups except for a salesman in hollywood. The best he could come up with was, "Umm yeah... I am buying a pair of those to put on my bass today too."

    MIM Jazz Deluxe it is. :D But Now I have to decide where to buy it. Next debate coming soon to a thread near you.
  5. I'm currently trying a pair of Di Marzio DP149's in my V series Jazz, and so far I'm liking them. They are quiet as, and have a stronger low mid voice than the Fender 60's pups.