Anyone use the Dimarzio P pup with Ultrajazz in your P/J Bass?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by gerryjazzman, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. gerryjazzman


    Dec 31, 2006
    New Jersey
    As the subject line says... Anyone use this combo? I want to replace the EMG Select PJ set in my early 70's Univox P copy (modded it some years ago to add the J pickup). I want to go full humbucking since the Select J is single coil and noisy and wanted to upgrade at the same time. I don't want to spend a lot and it looked to me from searching around the forum that DiMarzio's would probably fit my needs pretty well. I know they sell the DP122 and DP123 as a PJ set, but from searching, a lot of folks prefer the UltraJazz to the Model J. The DiMarzio site says that you can mate the DP122 Model P with a DP148 UltraJazz but was wondering if anyone had this setup and how it sounded.

    I play mostly jazz, funk, some rock and pop, but nothing really heavy. I want kind of a versatile sound (well as much as possible given cost constraints, and staying passive) from old school to modern, fingerstyle and some slap.
  2. I haven't used that setup, although I did just order a model PJ set for my Larrivee. If that doesn't work out, I'll try a ultra jazz bridge pickup instead, and will let you know!
  3. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Although I haven't had hands-on experience with it (yet), from everything I've gathered thus far (which is a lot), the Ultra Jazz is widely regarded as a very versatile pickup. Since your playing covers such a variety of genres, it would seem this could be a very good choice for you... :meh:

  4. cigi


    Aug 22, 2006
    I wouldn't use this combination. Dimarzio doesn't recomend this combo and with good reason.

    The p pickup is a far hotter pickup than the ultra jazz. I had both in a bass and the ultra jazz wasn't cutting it against the p pickup up. They have a twin blade p pickup that they suggest to use with the ultra jazz, but I don't have any experience with it.
  5. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    :meh: I disagree. I'm using this combo in an 85 Jazz bass
    special (Duff McKagan). I had a series/parallel switch put on the ultra and it makes for a versatile setup. They actually play
    nice together. The J rounds the P off to a purring growl. While the P solo is just gorgeous. It does the Jaco thing quite nice as well. You will never hurt for high end with this combo.
    I say try it. I think Larry is trying to move those duosplit coil P
    pickups. I cannot bite on the concept or the look. I scored the
    P and ultrajazz for just over a choke ($100)
    I like this combination.:cool:
  6. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    If the Ultrajazz is wired in parallel then, true It's output is less than the P, however I still find it a usable combo and for the $
    it offers a lot of bangzoom. Just my 2 cents, of course.
  7. Wademeister63


    Aug 30, 2004
    Denton Tx
    Not sure if this is exactly the combo you're asking about, but I'm using these in my Aerodyne Jazz:

    The P is a lot louder then the J, but they work great together. I just screwed my P pup way on down into the body to help balance the volume of the two pups a bit. The P pup just gets meaner and meaner sounding as I dig in more, and the J adds some sparkle or definition (which really isn't lacking anyway). The J soloed also does a nice Jaco tone like on Come On, Come Over.
    These replaced an EMG set that came in my bass and I couldn't be happier. The EMG's to me lacked character. That is no longer a problem!
  8. mgmadian


    Feb 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    I used to have a Model P + UltraJazz in a former PJ bass with an ash Fender body + maple Warmoth neck. Sounded outstanding! I would still have that bass if I cared more for the Warmoth neck.

    I also have UltraJazz in my '71 Jazz bass and love 'em. My '75 P-bass has a Model P pickup in it, at some point I'll likely add in a J-pup and will choose between the UltraJazz and Model J -- I doubt you can go wrong with either one.

    DiMarzio pickups rock!
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  9. Gubna


    Oct 21, 2006
    San Francisco
    I have not used that combo, but I do have Dimarzios in my jazz

    Model J Neck
    Ultrajazz Bridge

    Sounds real good!

    I also have some vintage 70's dimarzio's in my strat, and they are the best
  10. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    the ultra jazz is my go-to p-j bridge pickup, as it's decently loud and vintage-sounding as well as being hum-canceling.

    a great combo is a good vintage-style p pickup with the ultra j bridge. they balance just fine, and get "that" sound when blended. the combo also looks more "normal".

    dimarzio doesn't make a vintage p pickup, so anything like say, a duncan vintage p-bass or fender orig. p-bass will fit the bill, giving the bass a natural, versatile and hum-free sound.
  11. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    Walter- I heartily agree. The Model P should be classified as
    'overwound' or perhaps 'hot', while they should wind a mellower version, put silver looking pole pieces in it, and call
    it 'vintage'. I'd buy it in a heartbeat. I've gotten over the look
    as I figure other bassists will just think: hmmm, what's that?
    I highly recommend the series/parallel switching option, no
    matter how you end up installing them.:D