Fender J-Bass Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BrainOfJA, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. Hey y’all, I have a question hopefully someone out there can answer.

    I picked up a MIA sunset orange Fender Jazz Bass this weekend. When I was looking at it a little closer, I noticed that the pickups weren’t stock, but were a pair of Sadowsky Jazz pups. I also noticed that the volume switch for the neck pickup didn’t look the same and realized it had a push switch built into it.

    I pulled off the pickguard to replace it since it wasn’t stock, and decided to pull out the plate and look at the knobs/pots. I’ve never seen a pot like this one on the basses I’ve owned.

    Does anyone have any input to what the deal is with this pickup/pot combination? Any suggestions on whether to keep em in or swap back to a more stock setup?


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  2. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    From like late 90's thru '07 Fender had the S-1 switch. It puts the pickups in Series. Yes that was stock.

    When Fender revamped the AM Std line around '08 they stopped putting the switch in.
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  3. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    A Fender shell, with Sadowsky innards?

    This has to be a first! It's like stuffing your turkey with caviar, instead of traditional dressing...
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  4. Ha! I’m not sold on them yet. They seem a bit quieter than my MIM J that I upgraded with Delano pups. Definitely not as much growl but a smooth sound for sure
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  5. Ahhh, makes sense then, since it’s an ‘03.
  6. Stumbo

    Stumbo Guest

    Feb 11, 2008
    What rig are you using?
  7. Right now, an Ampeg SVT-100 into an Ampeg 410 cabinet.

    As far as heads, I also have an Ampeg SVT-3PRO (our for repair) and a GK MB500 at my disposal. Cabs, I’ve also got a Fender 610Neo, an Avatar 210 and 212, and somewhere in the garage I have an old Hartke 410 and a Hartke 115 (more of a project cabinet...the only thing original left on it is the box/carpet and the jack, and the jack is getting ready to be replaced)
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2019