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Best passive P/J set?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by topo morto, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. DiMarzio DP126

    22 vote(s)

    12 vote(s)
  3. Lace Sensor Man O' War

    3 vote(s)
  4. Bartolini P/J Set

    19 vote(s)
  5. Seymour Duncan SJB-3b Quarter Pound for Jazz Bass and the SPB-3 Quarter Pound for P-Bass

    30 vote(s)
  6. Something else (please state)

    15 vote(s)
  1. topo morto

    topo morto

    Mar 22, 2010
    Looking for a P/J set to replace the stock pickups in a Jaguar SS.

    Especially looking for bassy tone and a hot Bridge J.

  2. Fit4pain

    Fit4pain Gold Supporting Member

    May 30, 2012
    San Antonio Texas
  3. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    North DFW, TX
    On a budget? DiMarzio PJ Set for about $90 is great!
  4. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Brace Audio; Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings
    I really like the mix of STK-J2 + SPB-1 ...smooth and tight with some punch when needed. just my 1-1/2 cents
  5. birminghambass

    birminghambass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Birmingham, AL
    I've tried almost a dozen sets, I settled on the Nordstrand P+ jazz SE set. Couldn't be happier.
  6. topo morto

    topo morto

    Mar 22, 2010
    Thanks. interesting that the SD's get so much love but from the jag ss thread seems there may be issues with the poles lining up, etc. with that particular bass.

    Am I right in thinking the Bartolinis are 'rails' internally so no such issues with pole / string alignment?
  7. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    I'd go Bassculture, Delano or Häussel.
  8. Kmonk


    Oct 18, 2012
    South Shore, Massachusetts
    Endorsing Artist: Fender, Spector, Ampeg, Curt Mangan Strings, Nordstrand Pickups, Korg Keyboards
    Lindy Fralin
  9. BassBuzzRS


    Oct 18, 2005
    P-46 + J-45?
  10. aRandomAggie


    Apr 5, 2011
  11. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    That would be correct.
  12. acebase62


    Jun 29, 2010
    X2, I get great results with 500k volume pots and Fender TBX tone control.

    I bet Dimarzio Area J + a vintage style P would be great as well, maybe more vintage overall.
  13. iiipopes


    May 4, 2009
    A slightly overwound P pickup and a split-coil J pickup so you don't lose the noise reduction.

    I would recommend Fralins, but they are expensive compared to the cost of your bass.
  14. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX

    These sound great in my VM Jag.
  15. +1 I have an old Ibanez that I was considering getting rid of. After replacing its pickups and preamp with an npj4sv set, and 3B-5b preamp, I have done a complete 180° turn. This bass is now my go-to bass for pretty much everything. Most of the time, I don't even use the preamp - the pickups sound that good passive. Nordstrands are definitely worth considering, in my opinion.
  16. topo morto

    topo morto

    Mar 22, 2010
    Thanks for all the ideas, have looked into all. Would be happy to spend to get a big improvement, though the bridge J really needs a big boost.

    I'm a bit confused about Bill Lawrence - the designs seem to have been made by a few different mfrs? Is wildepickups as 'official' a source as it gets?

    The 9 pole pieces are interesting - I guess as with the bartolinis I wouldn't have to worry about things lining up.
  17. Dimarzio are awesome, love 'em.
  18. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    Yes, wildepickups is the real one.