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Dimarzio ultra jazz pups in a USA Fender Dlx Jazz?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by TimBosby, Aug 18, 2007.

  1. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    I am thinking about replacing the stock Cobalt Samarium "Noiseless" pickups in my American Deluxe Jazz with DiMarzio Ultra Jazz pickups. I've always liked the sound of DiMarzio pickups and I dig that they come in cream/white color. Any thoughts on this? I like the Noisless pickups but they're almost a little too thin sounding, particularly the E string (the A string sounds a little too big in contrast). I know, it's a Jazz, it's supposed to be thin. How would the DiMarzios change my tone? I only have experience with old DiMarzios (on my 81 Ibanez Roadster) in a PJ configuration.
  2. SuperSnake2012

    SuperSnake2012 floppy b strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    Bronx, NY
    Fender noiseless pups have less output than standard single coil pickups so they should help fatten out your tone a bit.
  3. datsgora

    datsgora Guest

    May 23, 2007
    N. Ca. Martinez
    might I suggest the DiMarzio Model J's....they have adjustable pole pieces and you can really dial in an even string volume...I have both sets in different basses.....and i love them both. The ultras are very clean, deep and extremely good in the studio. The model J's just have more of a growl to them....I like them a little better that the ultras. Good luck on the install.....whichever you choose!
  4. afroman


    Aug 31, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I tried both Dimarzio UJ and Model Js on the Geddy Lee I used to own.

    Ultra Jazz: cleaner, brighter, more bass, more treble, a little mid-scooped. Great for slapping or cleaner playing styles.

    Model Js: more mids, aggressive, better for pick, rock and cutting through loud guitars and drums.

    Both were great. I would've loved to have to jazz basses one with each of these pickups. I kept the Model Js in the end for my tastes.
  5. TimBosby

    TimBosby Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Omaha, NE, USA
    This entire time when I said "Ultra Jazz" I meant "Model J". I got them confused. I am not so big on the "modern" sound so I would prefer the Model Js..that's what I meant all along.

    Glad both are getting good reviews though. I also think the creme-colored pickups would look sweet in my transparent amber with red tort pickguard jazz.

    Mine looks like this only with a maple board:

  6. groove pump

    groove pump

    Oct 24, 2006
    D'oh indeed!!!

    Why didn't I think of DiMarzios back when I had a Jazz Dlx? Well I have a set of Ultra J's in my franken-jazz now and score it a big check plus. I'm not a heavy slapper - actually play more blues and classic rock - and I also haven't done a Pepsi challenge between these pu's and the other J's from DiMarzio, but I've never even wondered about a preamp for this bass. For me, it's big, round, warm, and clear like I want it to be and I'd recommend any of their stuff without reservation - especially as an improvement for your Fender.

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