Can you recommend me some new pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by grumpy_dog666, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Fender MIM Deluxe Active Jazz. 4 String.

    Came with stock Fender Roundwound and tried some GHS Bass Boomers, which is what I use on all my other basses, and never liked the sound. sounded bright and twangy and the E string totally lacked any sound because of it. I have to run flatwound or groundwound. This also means the slaps sound muddy and dull.

    Stock sits with 2 Dual-Coil Ceramic Noiseless™ Jazz Bass Pickups.

    Looking for something to add a bit more low end growl and punch and allow me to play rounds again.

    Otherwise, do i need to change the pre?
  2. i'm currently thinking Seymour Duncan Pro-Active™ for Jazz Bass® AJJ-1

    or some Fender Custom Shop

    what do you guys think? will it help cure my lack of bass?
  3. What kind of amplification are you playing through?
  4. UglyBassPlayer4

    UglyBassPlayer4 Guest

    Jan 4, 2009
    Holland, MI
    You shouldn't need to use an active p/u because the active jazz's have an active preamp not an totally active system. I have the same bass that I ripped the frets outta and put a Duncan 1/4lb jazz in the bridge and a Duncan 1/4lb '51 P-bass p/u in the neck (SCPB-3). Sounds great for slap n pop, or heavier rock and funk too. Technically the p/u's arent noiseless but the hum from the neck isnt noticeable.
  5. running a Mark Bass Little Mark 2 and a Mark Bass 104HF.

    might look at the 1/4lb. just kinda travelled through the SD page looking for the pickups that matched my music style. Much trouble fitting the SCPB-3 into the neck position. any alterations?
  6. DonovanBankhead

    DonovanBankhead Inactive Commercial User

    Aug 25, 2001
    Springfield, MO
    Owner -; Vice President - Springfield Music
    I've got some Nordstrands in my Jazz V and they sound terrific. Big and beefy. I also have some Amalfitanos in my other Jazz, and they sound like a great, classic jazz. I'd recommend one of those to anyone looking at a pickup upgrade.
  7. Kael


    Dec 26, 2004
    Oklahoma City
    Nordstrands are indeed wonderful but they are pretty pricey. Might not make sense to drop topshelf pickups into a MIM instrument. Heck, it gave me pause to stick nordies in my MIA. :eyebrow: Was worth it though.

    Are you working within a specific budget?
  8. i got some Dimarzio on the way......