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Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by lowblues, Jun 16, 2002.
What is this groups feeling on the best J-bass passive PU? Just fishing for info.
Can't beat Bartolini, in my opinion. I put a set of 9J's in my MIM Jazz, and they're wonderful.
Bart's are great, but IMO they can be a bit weak in a passive bass. It seems like they were designed to be used with a preamp.
I've got passive barts in my fretless Curbow. It's a mahogany body witha rosewood neck and fretboard, and it sounds absolutely huge with flats. While Barts are usually paired with a preamp , they are still passive pickups. The Jeff Berlin signature bass comes with passive Barts.
That said, if youa re looking for the best Jazz pickup, check out Fralins. They are $160 for a set directly from him. I recently got a set for my MIA 75 reissue to go with my JRetro, and I have to say, the passive option sounds so good, I don't find myself using the preamp much. You can even have them wound to your specs. I had mine wound 5% hotter than Fender's vintage specs, and these things kick serious booty.
Dave Siff just recently picked up a custom Curbow Jazz bass with the first set of Fralin humbucking Jazz pickups in it. He also had his wound 5% hotter than Fenders, and it also sounds amazing, and no buzz when the bridge pickup is soloed. These were quite a bit more expensive than the single coils, though. And, I don't know if he is offering them as an option, or if they were an experiment.
Oh, I also tried a Van Zandt bridge pickup in my Jazz. It sounded great by itself, but I had a cheaper neck pickup paired with it, so I can't give a full report on how a matched set of Van Zandt's would have sounded. I sold it to help finance the Fralins, but if you can run across a pair, you probably wouldn't be disappointed.
Sorry for the long post.
Sadowsky single coil J's.
I was playing my sadowsky in passive mode today & it sounded great with out the pre amp!!!!!
I rather like my DiMarzio DP-123s (Model J). A lot of bang for the buc.
take a look at Bill Lawrence J-45's.
I have a Bart 9J in my Rick Turner, and Fender CS 60s in my Jazz. I tend to agree that Barts really need a preamp to shine. I am VERY pleased with Fender CS 60s - they sound great passive, and absolutely awesome with a J-Retro.
what is the Fralin website?
Bass Player did a J pickup shootout a while ago and, if I remember, Aero pickups were rated highly.
I am very happy with the Basslines STK-J1. These are stacked humbuckers, classic J-bass sound without the hum. Output is a bit low, would benefit from a preamp.