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Choosing a Preamp and Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by pshep68, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. pshep68


    Sep 21, 2006
    I am removing the stock pickups from my American Fender Jazz and installing a preamp and a set of new pups. I would like to be able to do this for about $500-$600. Any suggestions? Please include why you chose your combination. Thanks.
  2. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    First and foremost, why? What don't you like about the stock pickups and what are you hoping to gain from an electronics swap? We need more info.
  3. pshep68


    Sep 21, 2006

    I guess I am looking for more life in my bass. It sounds very sterile. My Fender Jazz has the S1-Switching btw with not preamp. I have changed strings several times and have used serveral amps. I guess I am looking for a change. I like the bass physically. It has a great neck. I thought that by swapping out the pups and adding an onboard preamp I could achieve some versatility and a better tone without spending the price of a new bass. I've played other American Fender Jazz basses and they sound so much more full of life. I've tried a couple of outboard preamps (SansAmp BDDI & Eden WTDI) without too much success. I thought I'd ask you folks on TB for a little help.
  4. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    For your price range, I would suggest Seymour Duncan jazz pickups (in particular the Quarter Pounders) and either a J Retro preamp or an Audere JZ6 preamp.

    Either combination will be under $500 and will definitely bring your bass to life!
  5. In that price range, you can do anything.
  6. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    A few decisions will help narrow the field:
    • active (i.e. EMG, Basslines, etc) or passive pickups
    • if passive, single coil or hum canceling
    • 2, 3, or 4 band preamp
    • 9V or 18V (the size of the control cavity definitely comes into play)
    • vintage or modern/"jazz bass on steroids" tonality

    There are other considerations for sure but tackling this list will leave you with a reasonably short list of contenders.