Fretless Jazz Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by dudi8, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. dudi8


    Apr 13, 2010
    i have a fretless jazz bass equipped with DiMarzio Noiseless pickups and i thought of upgrade the pickups to one of these:
    Nordstrand NJ4
    EMG JV-X
    Delano JMVC-4 FE M2

    im looking for the jaco growl
    what do you think???

  2. Lackey


    May 10, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I have the DiMarzio Model Js in my fretless, you cannot go wrong with them IMO. Growl and low mids for days..
  3. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    The EMG JVX are awesome based on this review from Ed Friedland and very versatile.

  4. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Check out my items for sale in the classifieds! Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
  5. Folks

    I'm in a similar mood.

    I have a MIJ Jaco Jazz and have had the neck epoxy'd.

    I have NJ4SE pickups and an Audere Pre-amp. Otherwise it's stock!!!! : )

    Anyways, I'm still getting a slight phased sound from this set-up, which I don't like and I really only ever use the bridge pickup so my Audere is a bit overkill (I wanted a blend).

    I want the purest Jaco tone possible, I'm thinking of ditching the Audere going back to passive and installing NJ4s or SD Antiquity IIs. I hear hand-wound and overwound give the best antique sounding PUs plus there's loads of boutique pickup makers out there and it's difficult to choose. I don't mind trying a few.

  6. I also have the js in my fretless, coupled with the John East Retro J preamp and tapewounds-wow.

    Perhaps consider the preamp-very versatile and passive selectable.