Fender Jazz pickup question

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by georgestrings, Jul 23, 2013.

  1. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    What aftermarket pups would be closest to the originals in my '08 American Standard Jazz??? - I'm thinking DiMarzio Model Js, but would like some other opinions, please...

    - georgestrings
  2. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Bring Back Edit/Delete

    Nov 30, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    Are you looking to match for a second bass because you love the way the 08 sounds? I don't think the Dizmarzio's have the same character as the factory Fenders, but I haven't compared those two specifically.

    If you can't simply get Fender replacements then I'd consider reaching out to Tom Brantley (formerly of mojotone and a Fralin understudy). He can probably make you some dead ringers for about the same price as the Dizmarzio's. Google Tom Brantley Pickup Rewind for a link.
  3. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    Yeah, I'm looking to set up my other Jazz as closely as possible to my '08 - sound-wise, that is... Thanks for your post - I'll look into it...

    - georgestrings
  4. xroads


    Nov 6, 2012
    Can you buy original Fender PUs? They sell pretty much all of their PUs as separate sets.
    My simple mind would be thinking this should be possible....
  5. A 2008 Fender American Standard Jazz has the Custom Shop '60s Single-Coil Jazz Bass pickups installed in them, you can do a google and find them in a lot of places.
  6. throughmylens87


    Oct 9, 2011
    A 2008 American Standard Jazz does NOT have the CS '60's pickups, these were added starting with the 2012 and newer American Standard models. I own an '08 American Standard Jazz and I too was looking for a set of pickups that have a similar sound to the stock set. I was able to find a used set of the stock '08-'11 pickups on eBay for around $50. I also own a Highway 1 Jazz that has Dimarzio Model J's and they definitely have a different sound than the pickups in my '08.
  7. georgestrings

    georgestrings Inactive

    Nov 5, 2005
    Thanks for the input - that's the kind of info I was looking for... How would you say the volume levels are between your '08 Am St Jazz and your Model J loaded Highway One??? Can you describe the tonal differences, please???

    - georgestrings