DiMarzio vs. Basslines and The Rest

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Mara, Jan 11, 2001.

  1. Mara


    Jan 11, 2001
    Everybody talks about DiMarzio. I'm thinking about replacing both J-pickups on my Peavey Milestone III 4-string passive Fender Jazzbass -copy and I don't know what to go for. Can anybody help me? Are DiMarzio DP123's any good or should I go for Fender, Basslines or what? Should I replace my cheap wires and other electrics as well? I want a solid and powerfull sound for rokkin'...
  2. I put these on both of my cheap Jazzes and am very pleased with the sound. I did not change any wires or pots. I really don't know any other pickups, so they may be better or worse. I dig mine, though.

  3. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    Choice of replacement pickups is a very personal thing. It all depends on what kind of sound you like.

    I have used DiMarzio pickups for years and like them OK, others think they sound awful. I also have used EMGs, Bartolini, hey guess what they sound great too but they all sound DIFFERENT.

    The only real answer is to buy a set of pickups, install them see if you like them, If you don't, you take them out, sell them (at a loss) and try a different set. Good luck.
  4. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    Hey Mara. Welcome to TalkBass! :D Helsinki huh? Suomi Siilta! (spelling?)

    If you're goin' for a strong rock tone with passive pups,
    a good choice would be the Seymour Duncan ¼ Pounders.
    These are usually available at Mars or Guitar Center.
    There are some online places that may carry them as well ~
    http://www.marsmusic.com , http://www.musiciansfriend.com

    Peavey is usually pretty good about their wiring QC. But if you notice
    excessive buzz and/or the pots feel "wimpy", you can get a new wiring harness
    from Stewart MacDonald ~ http://www.stewmac.com .
    (you would get the one for the Jazz Bass)
  5. Mara


    Jan 11, 2001
    Thanks guys for the good tips! Treb - that bassplayer article really helpfull to narrow down my choices. I've decided to go for the DiMarzio (Model J or the Ultra Jazz). Could anyone suggest which one to go for? I want a punchy sound with depth and clarity...
    I'll post a new thread on the subject too - just to catch more ideas :)
  6. Ultrajazz, or Basslines 1/4 pounders if you're a rocker.