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Converting a Jazz bass to a PJ Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Fat K, Aug 13, 2009.

  1. Fat K

    Fat K

    Mar 7, 2008
    Hong Kong SAR
    My apologies if this sounds like a silly question.:D

    Anyone has experience in converting a Jazz Bass to a PJ Bass? Would the neck pickup (centre line) position be close enough to that "sweet spot" to create a "proper-ish" P Bass sound, of course soloing the neck pickup.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. I'm in the proccess of doing that right now.:D
    (Mockup of my bass)

    Get a Warmoth JBass pickguard with the PBass routing on it.
    The pickguard is actually a bit wider at the bottom to properly accommodate the P pickup in the traditional location without it going outside of the pickguard.

    This tracing i did shows the difference in shape.
  3. Fat K

    Fat K

    Mar 7, 2008
    Hong Kong SAR
    Excellent, great stuff!
  4. phunku


    Jan 9, 2008
    London, England
    i might have to do this myself to save money on buying another bass!
  5. Anonymous Guy

    Anonymous Guy

    Jul 28, 2008
    Personally, I prefer the "Hoppus" spacing on the P pickup - it's slightly closer to the neck than a regular P, making it sound a bit warmer. Warmoth's P on a J is spaced lower, and aesthetically doesn't look quite as nice.

  6. kasbrey


    Aug 23, 2002
    Northampton UK
    The Delano split coil J pickup on my Sandberg California JM sounds remarkably "P like" soloed.

    I've previously tried a Di Marzio Model J on one of my Jazzes to achieve the same thing but without success.

    This would save any irreversible modifications.
  7. Fat K

    Fat K

    Mar 7, 2008
    Hong Kong SAR

    Oh dear!

    Just checked out the the Delanos with the large pole pieces on YOUTUBE, I think they are the ones you are referring to. You are right it does sound like a Precision Pickup this could be a could be an alternative solution! Besides, the large pole pieces IMO look DEAD COOL!
  8. jonpaulbassist


    Oct 17, 2010
    Just curious, has anyone ever changed a jaguar to a P-J bass?
  9. fhm555

    fhm555 So FOS my eyes are brown Supporting Member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Funny you would mention the warmoth pick guard. I got one to use as a guide to convert a j to a p/j, but before I got very far I ran up on a killer deal for a deluxe p. Not a j body I know, but it's got the p/j pup config and a rather nice pre so the project to convert a j to p/j kind of lost steam.

    I do however have a nice j body and a new warmoth p cut pick guard if anyone is interested in giving it a whirl.
  10. chuck norriss

    chuck norriss Banned

    Jan 20, 2011
    I think you can cheat death with this bass--jb fretless p/j
  11. IIRC, Warmoth puts the P pickup in the same location that it would be on a regular P, and that it makes it a little closer to the bridge J pickup.

    I agree, though...it doesn't look as nice. I think the Hoppus sig and Aerodynes have a nicer pickup spacing, even if the pickup isn't in the same space as a standard P.

  12. jonpaulbassist


    Oct 17, 2010
    Has anyone ever P-bass pickups in a Jag?
  13. levis76

    levis76 Seconds from getting ba...

    Apr 14, 2007
    Metro Detroit
    Ask again, I don't think anyone heard you. :rolleyes:
  14. JoeyZ


    May 9, 2005
    I just got back from playing a show with my Vintage Modified Jaguar which is a P/J setup. Sounded amazing!
  15. Since this is an OLD thread, here is what the bass looks like now.
    Oldschool94 likes this.
  16. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    is it too late to suggest that when the OP orders his P/J pickguard from Warmoth that he request they reverse the P pup and move it an inch or two closer to the neck?
  17. Nice. I'm digging those covers.

    And yes, we necro'd the thread, but it was worth it.
  18. winterburn69


    Jan 27, 2008
    You could always get a Hoppus and add a Jazz pickup, or get a Hoppus pickguard and rout in a cavity for a P pickup.
  19. winterburn69


    Jan 27, 2008
    My suggestion would be to get a Hoppus and add a Jazz pickup, or get a Hoppus pickguard and rout in a cavity for a P pickup in a regular Jazz.
  20. I've done this, there's a thead that I made about it somewhere but I'm on my phone so can't find it, I took the diy route and made my own pickguard from 3mm black acrylic using the old J guard as a template and a saw, files and sanders to cut the routes and shape. the P pup almost lines up perfectly with the trad placing but not quite.
    It's a nice tonal change from J to P muuch rounder but I eventually swapped it back (gotta love pickguards, they make mods so reversable) to get a more balanced and slightly more aggressive set of tones from the J pickups.

    i encourage you to make your own pickguad then you have full control and with time and patience it can look spotlessly done, just cur wide and sand down to the right shape and go through a lot of grades to get a clean finish on the edges