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Installing P'ups and J Retro: how hard?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bass87, May 28, 2003.

  1. Having just bought a set of Fender Classic 60s pickups and a J Retro for my MIM Jazz Deluxe, I was just wondering how hard people have found it to install them?

    I've done a GCSE in DT, so I know how to solder, but would you recommend doing it myself, or getting some one else to do it for me? I'm a bit wary about going in to a retailer and saying 'can you install these things I haven't actually bought from you.'


  2. Bumpity bump

  3. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    I haven't installed a J-Retro, but have installed a U-Retro (same preamp without control plate) on a Warwick Thumb.

    It wasn't difficult at all - unsolder the pickup and bridge ground wires. Resolder the pickup hot/cold wires (usually white/black) to the J-Retro input, join the bridge ground wire to the jack ground and you're off.

  4. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    Pioneer CA. 95666
    My only word of caution, sometimes routing is required to fit the J Retro and the battery. At least I heard about this with the earlier models. Just be sure everything fits before you start.
  5. xyllion

    xyllion Commercial User

    Jan 14, 2003
    San Jose, CA, USA
    Owner, Looperlative Audio Products
    Usually J Retros fit without routing, but there are a few bass cavities that aren't deep enough.

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