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Best Pups for J-retro

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by RealBK, Jul 4, 2002.

  1. RealBK


    Feb 8, 2002
    Hi, What would be the best Passive Pickups to fit with My J-Retro Deluxe unit on my Fender Geddy Bass? They would have to be Humcancelling.

    I'm looking for the Marcus Miller slap sound, but at the same time have the ability to switch to a nice fat bottom heavy sound.

    What pickups does Mr Miller use on his famous Fender bass?

    There really are so many Pickups out there to choose from.
  2. Dude

    Dude Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2000
    Owner: The Dude Pit Forum (closed) Producer: School of Bass
    I always tell my customers to try the J-Retro with their existing pickups first before swapping out pickups.

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  3. The J-Retro will bring out the very best of whatever pickup you have installed. If yours are pre-2001 MIM Jazz types, it will bring out the very best of those crappy, humming pickups.


    The Retro uses a separate high-impedance channel to connect each of two pickups. This eliminates tone degradation in passive pickups that comes from volume and tone controls that lower the circuit impedance. Tone controls and blending are done "down stream" of the pickups, inside the preamp itself. The pickup sees no change in input impedance from operating the tone or volume controls.

    A pickup change is warranted when you don't like the tone of the existing pickups. A good shield job will work wonders and still let you retain your single coil tone.

    Link to Guitar Nuts Shielding Article
  4. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    im pretty sure the pickups in marcus' bass are stock. and ive said it before, but marcus' sound comes from that butt heavy northern ash body, not from any electronics.
  5. sobie18


    May 5, 2002
    Shaw AFB, SC
    Are the Fender Custom Shop 60's J-Bass set the good ones to use for replacement PUPS? Hum-cancelling?

    $89.99 from Musician's Friend...
  6. Aaron


    Jun 2, 2001
    Bellingham, WA
    i'm pretty sure the CS 60's j-bass pups are single coils, but $90 seems like a great price for them (how much are they regularly? $150?)
  7. jokerjkny


    Jan 19, 2002
    NY / NJ / PHL
    In my USA custom parts JB, I use Dimarzio Ultra Jazz & J-Retro preamp, and its the ultimate in that Marcus slap sound. you want bottom, my JB kicks it out like mortar fire.

    another good set is Bartolini's 9W4J. decent growl, but with nice top end, and a taut bottom end. good overall pickup. I have a set in my Elrick that's been slightly customized for Rob's specs.

    if you want a good jazz bass pickup shootout:


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