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How are SX stock pickups?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mulepods, Mar 11, 2006.


  1. mulepods

    mulepods Guest

    Feb 20, 2006
    USA
    I know I could comb through 300 pages of the SX Megathread for this, but I'm lazy. What do you guys think of the stock Jazz pickups on the SX basses? Is it necessary to upgrade them for good tone?
     
  2. cheezewiz

    cheezewiz

    Mar 27, 2002
    Ohio
    They are poopie/doodoo/caca.
     
  3. Sippy

    Sippy

    Aug 1, 2005
    Stuart,Florida
    Yea they aren't the best, but they are usable.
     
  4. I have 2 SX jazz basses and I think the stock pickups sound pretty good. In one SX I owned I had some Fender CS60s in it which sounded amazing, but even after hearing those and now hearing the stock ones I have, the stock still sound pretty damn good.
     
  5. IotaNet

    IotaNet Supporting Member

    In my experience they're "not bad." (Not bad at all!)

    They're not Fralins or Nordies but they are infinitely useable. When I bought my SX I expected to have to immediately replace the pups. When I got the bass, I was pleasantly surprised!

    My advice to anyone who buys an SX is to wait until you receive the bass then let your ears be the judge. More than one person on this board has swapped out SX pups only to put the originals back into the bass.
     
  6. SGT. Pepper

    SGT. Pepper Banned

    Nov 20, 2005
    Phila,Pa.
    The stock P-Bass pups are good, the J-Bass pups are too zingy and lack boom.
     
  7. The ones in the 5 string jazzes sound fine,thats the main thing I like about mine.I had some trouble with feedback when I got too close to my amp but I potted the pickups and that problem went away.I've got Dimarzio Ultra Jazz pickups in my Guild Pilot and the stock SX pickups compare pretty well with them.Haven't tried the 4 string pickups from SX but the fives are pretty good.
     
  8. Figjam

    Figjam

    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    The P bass i used to have sounded fine.
     
  9. Turock

    Turock Supporting Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Melnibone
    I bought my SX Jazz with the intention of replacing the pickups with some SD Basslines Lightning Rod pickups I have just gathering dust. I haven't because the stock ones sound pretty good.
     
  10. Minger

    Minger

    Mar 15, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    I've got Jazz pups on mine, and they soun pretty solid, but they are really hot...
     
  11. SBassman

    SBassman

    Jun 8, 2003
    Northeast, US
    My own experience was:

    They don't require an Immediate swap. They're decent.
    But, no doubt, you'll get more out of the bass with a swap.