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Fender Deluxe Jazz Suhr (single pole) pickup question. Help!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by RBrownBass, Apr 10, 2014.

  1. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Need to know if the single-pole pickups that John Suhr designed for Fender's Deluxe Jazz Basses in the late 90s or so are the same on both the MIA and MIM models. I do know they look the same when installed.

    I'm talking about the pickups with one polepiece per string. Here's an image.


    I know from searching that the preamp in the MIAs was different somehow from the one in the MIM, but I'm interested only in the pickups. Did the MIM use the same pickups as the MIA or did the MIM have its own cheaper lookalike version?

    Thanks for any help anyone can offer!
  2. RBrownBass

    RBrownBass Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2004

    No one?
  3. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    i think they were the same, as the mexis kept these for a while when the USA ones went to the "noiseless" pickups (a step down IMO), then eventually they too went with the noiseless; my guess is fender used up the rest of the stock on the mexi basses.

    also, the preamps from that era sure looked and sounded the same to me.

    the key with these pickups is that the two coils are actually "out of phase" with each other! that means they won't mix with anything other than their matching pickup, and that you have to orient them both the same way in the bass.
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  4. CJT from NYC

    CJT from NYC

    Apr 29, 2015
    Brooklyn, NY
    I bought my MIM Fender Active Jazz Bass Deluxe (or whatever the word order) in 2000 when I first started playing and I was obsessed with the specs. I remember reading either in a Sam Ash or Musician's Friend catalog that the electronics were made in USA and the entire bass was assembled in Mexico, of course. Too bad the manual doesn't really do a good job listing more detailed specs on how special the bass is. I just recently gutting the preamp and making the bass fully passive - I love it more than ever.
  5. Hey, anyone know where I can get pickup covers for these? I am restoring 2001 model with these same pickups I bought on CL for cheap......