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Fender Jazz Bass with S-1 switch

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MichaelVaughn, Jan 29, 2014.

  1. MichaelVaughn


    Jan 29, 2014
    Hi mates, I got a question for you.
    I used to play a Squier Jazz Bass on which a installed a S-1 switch.
    I liked the most the sound with the switch on, but I found it to be somehow weird, with some frequencies missing and messing, especially with Overdrive on. Not a proper sound to be recorded.
    I'm now buying a Fender Jazz Bass planning to install a S-1 switch. Models with S1 are not available anymore, so I can't hear it before buying and modding the bass.

    Has the same issue with S-1 on? Does the it sound weird or messing compared to parallel and one single coil at time?
    I really appreciate if you can help me.
    Thank you!
  2. Well, I like the S-1 on my USA Jazz. Kind of a split P tone to my ears. Nothing strange or "messing" as you would say.

    It seems to pick up some mids. I can remember a few occasions where I was having trouble with the stage mix, popped on the S-1, problem solved.
  3. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    To me, the S-1 on a Jazz bass adds depth, and sounds more like a P in the band mix
  4. The S1 just switched from parallel to series, right?
  5. MichaelVaughn


    Jan 29, 2014
    I'm glad to hear it, maybe it was due to the cheap Squier bass.
    Another question: with the switch engaged one vol knob acts as a master volume and the other has no effect?
    (I'm asking, since I found different wiring online.)
  6. MichaelVaughn


    Jan 29, 2014
    Yes, that's how it acts.
  7. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

    Apr 19, 2009
  8. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
  9. MichaelVaughn


    Jan 29, 2014
    Hard to describe, sounds beefier, with more mid range but there's something muddy or weird.
    It's more noticeble with overdrive on. In series mode sounds less distorted than single pickups.
    Even the tone knob dosen't darken the sound as well as with single pickups.
  10. bluesblaster


    Jan 2, 2008
    If we do a reggae tune I pop it into series mode and it works great (jazz w/ S-1)