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Installing P pickup into a Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by wtf_is_a_bass, Mar 12, 2009.


  1. wtf_is_a_bass

    wtf_is_a_bass Guest

    Aug 11, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: PiGLET picks
    Has anyone replaced the neck pickup of a jazz with a p pickup? How hard is the process, routing out the hole, finding a pickguard etc.

    Any experience?
     
  2. wtf_is_a_bass

    wtf_is_a_bass Guest

    Aug 11, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: PiGLET picks
    Anyone? :confused:
     
  3. mongo2

    mongo2

    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Though I personally never felt the need to install a P pickup in a J bass if I were to I'd obtain the pickguard first before routing the cavity to use the pickguard cutout as a reference for where to rout.

    The closet I've gotten to installing a P pickup in a J is the Bartolini 9J side-by-side dual coil humbucking J pickup. I currently use that in my #1 J bass. While it doesn't sound exactly like a P but it does have the humbucking feature with just the neck pickup selected and it has a bit more low mid than the stock J neck pickup. However, the 9J is lower output so I kicked up the gain a smidge on the amp.
     
  4. wtf_is_a_bass

    wtf_is_a_bass Guest

    Aug 11, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: PiGLET picks
    How could i get a pickguard with the P cutout?
    Would the warmoth one fit an older model MIM?
     
  5. Mrdak

    Mrdak uber bass geek baby!

    Feb 1, 2006
    Middle GA
    Try to find a Reggie Hamilton bass pickguard, or maybe an Aerodyne guard. Either one of those should work.
     
  6. herndonbassist

    herndonbassist Low Down Thumper Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2005
    Herndon, VA - NoVa
    Not too sure about the Aerodyne guard, but if you can get your hands on a Reggie Hamilton pickguard, and you've got yourself a MIM Jazz body already, you probably don't even need to do any routing. I've owned the Reggie (MIM), and several other MIM Jazz's and I can tell you first hand that they've got the same routing to them. The Jazz pickup route (the J normally just floats in there) is plenty big for the P pickup. I have a tracing of the RH pickguard. If you'd like, I can scan it and send it to you?
     
  7. Mr. Ray

    Mr. Ray

    Feb 20, 2009
    Canada
    Go to www.warmoth.com they have jazz pickguards with P pickup. Hope this helps.
     
  8. herndonbassist

    herndonbassist Low Down Thumper Supporting Member

    Apr 7, 2005
    Herndon, VA - NoVa
    The warmoth pickguard is probably a good choice, but with that one you'll definitely have to do some routing, as it's a bit farther back than what you'd find with the Reggie.
     
  9. wtf_is_a_bass

    wtf_is_a_bass Guest

    Aug 11, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: PiGLET picks
    When did you have the reggie? Because im pretty sure the newer models have the p pickup slightly closer to the bridge.

    But you reckon a p would fit into the hole thats already routed for the j? Also the warmoth pickguard said it may not fit an MIM, does anyone dealt with this before?
     
  10. wtf_is_a_bass

    wtf_is_a_bass Guest

    Aug 11, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    Endorsing Artist: PiGLET picks
    Oh and...

    Yes please, if its not too much of a hassle :)
     
  11. Thunderitter

    Thunderitter Bass - the final frontier! Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2007
    USA
    If you've not used a router before, I'd think twice before using it on a bass! Best find a local luthier who has a jig, etc. to do this for you.
     

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