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I want to "Activate" my MIM Jazzbass!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by TJBass, Sep 17, 2001.


  1. Is it possible to make a MIM Jazz bass active without replacing the pickups? Do you just install a pre-amp? Not sure how this really works, thanks in advance....

    Jay
     
  2. Suburban

    Suburban

    Jan 15, 2001
    lower mid Sweden
    Yes.



    Oh, how to do? Well, basically, you exchange your passive tone pot with a preamp.
    Installation consists of wiring according to the manufacturers plan, perhaps some routing, and placing some more pots.
    Nothing much...
     
  3. MJB

    MJB

    Mar 17, 2000
  4. CS

    CS

    Dec 11, 1999
    UK
  5. CS

    CS

    Dec 11, 1999
    UK
    Whoah MJB look at the times, great minds do think alike :D
     
  6. MJB

    MJB

    Mar 17, 2000
    :D I was wondering why my handle wasn't the last listed.

    I've heard nothing but praise for the J-retro, give the Dude at vintagebass a call.
     
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    You could install the J-Retro which I've heard nothing but good things about. You could install an Aguilar OBP-1 which I have installed in a bass & it sounds KILLER. But you need to do some mods to make the pre-amp fit under the pick guard. You could also install an EMG BTC control. This is just the bass & trebble cut & boost & it can be used w/passive pick-ups. From personal experience, the pick-up's in an MIM bass are pretty crappy. You might wanna change those also.
    <a href="http://www.theoremnyc.cjb.net"><img width=385 height=70 src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=41535909&Sequence=0&res=high" border=0></a>
     
  8. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    check out the bassplayer.com J pup replacement shootout.

    http://www.bassplayer.com/z1999/9903/pickups.shtml

    I am using Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound for P Bass pups right now and I love them. I would assume the QP for J bass ones are good too, but then again, Ive heard good things about Bartolini, Lane Poor, EMG, etc.

    Just check out the shootout and all will be revealed. :D
     
  9. How about an EMG btc control? It's a 2 band concentric eq. I put one in my old funky yamaha, and it can help alot.
     
  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Hey, I said that already.:) :D :p
     
  11. lo-end

    lo-end

    Jun 15, 2001
    PA
    :eek: ack!!!! look at the poles!!!!

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    hey, I was bored and I wanted to share the awesome power of the Quarter Pounder with the world. you can't blame me! :D
     
  12. Pacman

    Pacman Layin' Down Time Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 1, 2000
    Omaha, Nebraska
    Endorsing Artist: Roscoe Guitars, DR Strings, Aguilar Amplification
    I've used the Aguilar and the J-Retro. I've got one of each in a few basses. I don't say this lightly: the j-retro is by far the best preamp available right now.

    as you can see, I'm really happy with it.
     
  13. jwymore

    jwymore

    Jul 26, 2001
    Portland, OR
    J-Retro .... nuff said!!
     
  14. ;) yes, another vote for the j-retro, received mine this week and installed it in my mim jazz. They say this is the best preamp for a jazz bass, and i believe it. Drops right in. You can get one from bass northwest (www.bassnw.com).
    :cool: eddie
     
  15. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Well if you want the final word, Send it to 1600 Broadway & have Roger install a Sadowsky pre-amp & pick-ups & you'll wanna do it to every bass.

    J-Retro, puffffff. :p