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I want to upgrade the pickups in my Mexican Fender jazz- which ones should I get?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Sean775, Dec 19, 2017.


  1. Sean775

    Sean775

    Mar 19, 2015
    New Jersey, USA
    Some of the ones I was looking at are Fender Gen 4 Noiseless Jazz Pups, DiMarzio DP249 Area J, DiMarzio DP149 Ultra, and Bartolini BRP9J1 LS Original J Bass.

    I'm just looking for a versatile, middle of the road kind of sound, nothing too bright.
    Also, my bass is passive
     
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  2. eJake

    eJake

    May 22, 2011
    New Orleans
  3. PawleeP

    PawleeP

    Oct 8, 2012
    Tubefreeks
    jazz all way
    like the higher value pots on the blonde MIJ jazz
    too bad it's blonde
     
  4. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Lindy Fralin
    Fender Custom shop 60s are good too
     
  5. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    Great choice! Same as in the new Fender Elites. If you want your Fender to continue to sound like a Fender, use Fender pickups.
     
  6. Yahboy

    Yahboy

    May 21, 2008
    Been use the Dimarzio DP149 Ultra jazz on my MIM J , thick tone with some Scoop voice. Good pickups.
     
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  7. Sean775

    Sean775

    Mar 19, 2015
    New Jersey, USA
    How's the instillation work, you just have the old ones removed and screw in the old ones?
    I'm going to a nearby reputable instrument tech, but I'm just curious how it works.
     
  8. Yahboy

    Yahboy

    May 21, 2008
    The pup come with wiring diagram, just follow the step for installation.
     
  9. Sean775

    Sean775

    Mar 19, 2015
    New Jersey, USA
    How are the high notes with the Ultras? I like to have clear high notes, although the main selling point for me are the thick lower notes
     
  10. Yahboy

    Yahboy

    May 21, 2008
    The hi note is solid and clear. With SS roundwound you could get nice growl tone.
     
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  11. hsp-sandiego

    hsp-sandiego

    Oct 22, 2014
    San Diego
    DiMarzio Ultra Jazz 5's with Aguilar OBP 3 clip here:
    Sound-Check and warm-up / Corp. party.

     
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  12. Steve88

    Steve88

    Mar 27, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    I put Fralin single coils in mine and it sounded really great with no other upgrades. I got the ones with the raised middle poles.
     
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  13. RodBR

    RodBR

    Mar 1, 2012
    Belo Horizonte
    I put a DP149 Set in my American Deluxe 99.
    Just Killer sound:
     
  14. PawleeP

    PawleeP

    Oct 8, 2012
    have you tried the other dimarzios?
    Am trying to find out more about the ultra J's i saw somewhere that they were dark-ish.. thanx, p
     

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