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Hotter stock pickups in fretless Jazz bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 64jazz, Dec 21, 2011.

  1. 64jazz


    Nov 29, 2011
    Louisville, KY USA
    So I've got two Fender Jazz basses of similar model and vintage (mid-90's MIM), one with frets and one without. Both are, to the best of my knowledge, stock in every respect. Both are strung with flats, although the fretless has a lighter gauge and this is the only known difference in setup aside from the fret situation. In side by side comparison using the same amp, the fretted model sounds thick and rich and buttery smooth. The fretless version seems to be pushing MUCH more power, easily popping the speaker on my RB6 Laney as each note sounds.

    Anyone have input on this?
  2. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Only real way to tell is with a multimeter. Measure all the pickup outputs of both basses and you'll have your answer.

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