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Are MIM Jazz pickups the same length?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by soaf, Dec 24, 2013.

  1. soaf


    Jul 27, 2013
    Just bought a used set. Both have yellow and black wires and the pickups are exactly the same length. Is this a correct set?
  2. The pickups were the same length up to 2002. After that, the bridge pickup is longer just like US Jazzes
  3. deste


    Sep 14, 2009
    Bologna, Italy, Europe
    Endorsing Artist: GullanskyLab pickups
    On early models they were the same length (mine is a '92). To know when they became regular, you'd better ask some Fender expert here.

    (btw, I bought it used with Quarter Pounders on, but the original pups had same length and same wire colors)
  4. Around 2000ish Fender used the identical length pickups in the MIM jazz basses. I don't know why. I have a 2000 MIM jazz that is stock as far as the pickups are concerned and I bought it brand new in 2000. I also had a 2007 FSR Jazz that I bought brand new and its pickups were of different lengths like all other "normal" Jazz basses.

    If you install a "normal" set of jazz bass pickups in a 2000ish MIM jazz bass you will have to slightly enlarge the bridge position route for the install. It's only like a 1/16th of an inch or so.

    In your case it sounds like you installing a 2000ish MIM set of identical sized pickups on a "normal" Jazz bass on which the pickups or the routes are of different size. It should work mechanically, but you will have that slight gap.

    That's all I got. I'm interested in seeing the response from the more learned community for sure!