I need a jazz pickup for my pj bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by STANSHEMI, Jan 2, 2015.

  1. Hi guys I need some advice, I have a squier pj bass and I installed a Duncan design PB-105 in the p position but the stock j pickup is not adding anything to the mix. On the Seymour Duncan site the PB-105 is based on the SPB-3 pickup any suggestions on a J pickup that will add to the sound . I play mostly hard rock and metal Songs with half round strings and I use a pick. This is my first swap so any help will be great.
  2. JimmyM

    JimmyM Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Yamaha, Ampeg, Line 6, EMG
    Could use an SPB-3 J.
  3. joelb79


    Mar 22, 2006
    Lansing, Michigan
    Try a Dimarzio Ultra J too for a hum cancelling option with as much output as the SJB-3b
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  4. Clark Dark

    Clark Dark

    Mar 3, 2005
    Since we're just suggesting you might look at the Wilde J-45. Bill's P-46 gets a lot of love from the P-Bass set and his J-45 is noiseless and also gets good reviews. Happy Prosperous New Years guys!
  5. BlueTalon

    BlueTalon Happy Cynic Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Inland Northwest
    Endorsing Artist: Turnstyle Switch
    I second the DiMarzio Ultra J suggestion. You don't want to use a SD quarter pounder in a PJ unless you don't care about hum.
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  6. Hey thanks for the advice I think I'm going to check out the DiMarzio I want out put but I don't like when pickups make any hum.
  7. BlueTalon

    BlueTalon Happy Cynic Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2011
    Inland Northwest
    Endorsing Artist: Turnstyle Switch
    It's just the nature of the PJ arrangement. Matching any single coil J pickup with a split-coil P pickup is just an invitation for noise whenever you use the J pickup at all. The SD quarter pound J pickups work fine as a matched set of two J pickups. But for a PJ bass, if you don't want any extra noise, you need a hum canceling J pickup to go with the P pickup.
  8. Arvin

    Arvin Underwound Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    On the bench
  9. Gully Foyle

    Gully Foyle

    Sep 28, 2014
    Near Boston
    In my p/j I used the Duncan hot jazz stack alongside the quarter pounder p, and I like the combo. Plenty of teeth in the jazz, soloed or as some snarl mixed into the p
  10. Gorn

    Gorn Supporting Member

    Dec 15, 2011
    Queens, NY
    I just put the dimarzio ultrajazz in my pj with a stock p pickup. Sounds great. Very crisp and clean sounding and dead quiet. The stock setup was noisy with the J on at all but this one doesn't make a peep.
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