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How can I get more punch from my Jazz bass?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Georgejad, Jan 4, 2013.

  1. Georgejad


    Jan 4, 2013
    I've had a Squier Jazz bass for a year and half now and I replaced the stock pick-ups with EMG J bass pick-ups, as much as I like these pickups, I can't seem to get much Punch and low-end from the Bridge pick-up. Anybody know how to get this to change?
  2. abemo


    Feb 27, 2012
    Arvada, co
    I would add a series/parallel switch, tons more punch.
  3. Waldo19


    Jul 9, 2011
    Use the neck pickup. Due to its placement and design it is intended to give you more low end.
  4. bongostealth

    bongostealth Supporting Member

    Jun 3, 2011
    Atlanta, GA
    I would suggest installing an Aguilar OBP-3 preamp. TONS of punch to back up the J bass tone!
  5. Georgejad


    Jan 4, 2013
    I have tried using the neck pick-up, I do enjoy the sound but one issue I have is that I struggle to play on the Neck pickup it's self, whether I'm using a pick or my fingers I always play down at the bridge, it's just what I've gotten most comfortable with, so if I do use the neck pick-up I don't get it's best quality.
  6. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    The EMG jazz bridge pickup is notoriously thin sounding. You should make sure the pickup is very close to the strings but an active EQ is the only true solution IMO.
  7. Munjibunga

    Munjibunga Total Hyper-Elite Member Gold Supporting Member

    May 6, 2000
    San Diego (when not at Groom Lake)
    Independent Contractor to Bass San Diego
    What is your amp?
  8. Georgejad


    Jan 4, 2013
    I've tried putting the pick-up closer but every time I do I can't get the screws tight enough without the pick-up getting farther away.
  9. Georgejad


    Jan 4, 2013
    It is a Line 6 lowdown. Which I know can produce great sounding bass
  10. Lee Bruton

    Lee Bruton Guest

    May 11, 2012
    I find punch not to be a problem
    75 J
    Very hotrodded
    You need to get off that bridge
    Somewhere between the two works for me
    Try useing one of the pu's for an anchor
  11. testing1two

    testing1two Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    Sounds like you need to add a little extra foam under the pickup. Or are you saying the screws themselves aren't long enough?
  12. Epitaph04

    Epitaph04 Bajo Supporting Member

    Jul 5, 2010
    Which Line 6 Lowdown amp? I had the studio 110 and it was a decent amp at best....
  13. Georgejad


    Jan 4, 2013
    Screws are fine. I'll try the foam, thanks
  14. Georgejad


    Jan 4, 2013
    Just the 15 Lowdown. I find it good for all the size of it, it's all I need too, not gigging or anything
  15. Lee Bruton

    Lee Bruton Guest

    May 11, 2012
    People here seem a bit power crazy, I've gotton along with a GK amps w/only 100/150 watts into a single 15 for well over 40 years
  16. abemo


    Feb 27, 2012
    Arvada, co
    Where you pluck the string does make a difference in tone, but I think the point was to favor the neck pup in terms of volume, not in terms of right hand placement. Turn the bridge pup down to half volume and leave the neck pup dimed, and see what that does, you can refine the balance between them from there. The neck pup will be dominant no matter where you pluck the string if its st to a higher volume level.

    As far as where you pluck the string is concerned, pluckinf by the neck produces a louder but smoother tone, plucking near the bridge is slightly quieter, but punchier, IMO.
  17. klaus486


    Jun 27, 2009
    portland or
    sales geek Portland Music co.
    Are you scooping the mids? That'll kill any bridge pickup tone.
  18. Cadfael


    Jan 4, 2013
    Germany, EU
    Pickup selection has nothing to do with the position of your fingers/picking!

    A neck J normally has no punch ...
    I prefer Volumes 10/10, 10/7 and 7/10 ...
    Still a bit hum cancelling and punch with more or less brightness.

    I don't think that a series wiring might help. Surely more output - but you should first try the 10/7 and 7/10 volume know settings ...
  19. Toptube

    Toptube Supporting Member

    Feb 9, 2009
    "Punch" seems to vary from bass to bass. Something about the physical properties of each individual specimen. My Crafted in Japan Jaguar is the punchiest bass I have ever layed hands on. Its has spoiled me and made me unhappy with a lot of other basses.

    Strings can help pretty noticeably, though. Punch seems to come more from warmer strings. I actually find Web Strings nickels to be quite punchy. as far as pickups, most of the punch is going to come from the neck. raise it up more, if you have some room. The Bridge is mostly for that hoss sounding detail/growl, when using both pickups. Its also adds some tightness to the lows and low mids.
  20. datsaxguy


    Oct 28, 2008
    I get different tones on my bass from burpy, punchy, sizzly, depending on how I EQ my bass and where I pluck the string. If I want the burpy jaco thing I boost mids and play on or close to the bridge pick up. If I want punch I boost low mids and bass and play closer to the bridge. I use my balance knob to get more or less of each pup.

    You can't play in one spot on your bass and want the tones to come to u, play the bass to get the tones. My 2 cents.