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Has anyone used the Fender Custom Shop 60's J-Bass Pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Killens84, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. Killens84

    Killens84 Supporting Member

    Sep 3, 2008
    Does anyone have any experience with the Fender Custom 60's J-Bass Pickups? I just ordered a new '08 Fender AM Standard Jazz Bass, and am exploring options for upgraded pickups. I was curious if anyone has used the Custom Shop 60's J-Bass Pickups, and what you think about them.
    How do they compare in tone to the stock AM Standard pickups? What are the pros and cons of them?
  2. I had CS 60's p.u's in my '77 jazz (until it was stolen:crying:), and they're great.
    Compared to the stock p.u's they offered more clarity and punch.
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  3. pickles

    pickles Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2000
    Ventura, CA
    There are 3 single coil J-bass sets from fender: American Standard, American Vintage, and Custom Shop. I've played the first two a bunch of times. The Standard is a fairly modern sounding rock oriented pickup. A lot like a Duncan SJB-1 but with its own tone. The Vintage is clean and clear, fairly true to the '60s style sound, clearer and not quite as warm as some of the others out there like Fralins. From what I understand the Custom Shop set is an overwound version of the Vintage and should have less extension in the highs and more low mids, so it'll sound punchier and louder, but not as shiny. They're all good pickups.
  4. narud

    narud Supporting Member

    Mar 15, 2001
    santa maria,california
    they advertise them as overwound but arent. theyre still wound in the low 7k range. in the same bass the cs60's and originals didnt sound that different.
  5. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    I put a set in the 60's Classic Jazz that I owned, and the difference was immediate. Less shimmer in the high end, but much fatter sounding in the low mids and much more growl. I think they are a definite improvement. YMMV.

    There's a set for sale in classifieds for $65, btw.
  6. tumbaobab


    Sep 29, 2003
    I have seen this video, an SX with CS 60

    I have ordered an used an SX JB that I will receive soon, and I'm looking for good pickups, this one will be in my Top 3 list with the SJB-1.
  7. JMDT


    Jan 30, 2008
    Louisville, Ky
    My bass with CS 60's sounds brilliant.
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  8. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    What if you like the stock pickups, which are actually quite good?
  9. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    Then you rock 'em!
  10. tumbaobab


    Sep 29, 2003
    From "quite good" to "brillant" the step is huge...
  11. joelb79


    Mar 22, 2006
    Lansing, Michigan
    My bass with a goncalno alves / pau ferro neck and a swamp ash body with those pickups just blasts it out. Lots of growl and shimmer, no harshness. Tons of bark. Pickups sound great solo'd. I highly recommend them.
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  12. Great pickups! I put them on my '77 jazz bass. Clearer than stock, especially when digged in! Better string to string balance and lows are strong and stable!
  13. onzki


    Jul 11, 2011
    How important is the pickup if I'm also adding tone shaping stomb box? Right now, your recommendation (custom 60's jazz) is within my budget.. But I'm also curious to try Aero, however it's twice the price! I don't really mind spending once for sake of a good tone, but my question is does expensive pickups really sounds better or I can get away with custom 60's jazz pickup added with tone shapers such as Aguilat tone hammer or zoom B3. Thanks
  14. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    good pickups make everything sound better, stomp boxes included.
  15. DavC

    DavC Supporting Member

    May 17, 2005
    Trinity, FL
    had them for a while ... warm , punchy ...

    but i wanted hum cancelling ... split at neck , stacked at bridge ... there are many, many options that will fit ...

    just gotta pick how you want them to sound ... and act .. !

    luckily with sites like this ... we all can semi painlessly buy used , trade , and try different things without really breaking the bank ..
  16. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    why the mis-match?

    split would be stronger in both positions.
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  17. odarellmc


    Jul 8, 2012
    Funny I just purchased a new am std and don't hear much hum at all..and they are the cs60's warm nice low mids a little less output than I expected but other than that they are veru quiet..at least mine are..
  18. Custom Shop p'ups came standard in my 2012 MIA Jazz.

    I LOVE Them!

    They are the very best sounding Jazz pickups that I have ever heard. Ever. :cool:
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  19. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    they seemed very similar to the pickups in my 1984 mij bass, but with a tighter low end, which is weird, because those were also a modern era tribute to old school fender
  20. Aero pickups sound exactly as the 60's custom shop IMHO.
    The only advantage to the Aero is the construction quality.
    Also if you speak to Larry himself he will wind them to suit your personal taste.

    Id go with the CS. Out of the Fender pickups these will give the fattest bottom.

    The 75's are my favorite.
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