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installing SB-2 pickups in a Jazz bass ?

Discussion in 'G&L Bass Forum' started by DaveDeVille, Sep 22, 2008.

  1. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    i've been thinking about building a frankenstein G&L / Jazz bass .

    currently , i have :
    jazz bass body - black
    precision bass neck - maple /maple
    jazz bass control plate , bridge and tuners
    - also , i have a set of single coil SB-2 pickups .
    { like these , but new , never installed ...}

    i was wondering if anyone had ever attempted this ,
    and would the end result be worth the efforts of routing the body to accept the pickups ?

    i'm not planning on any re-sale , but i'd like some input for TalkBass members before i start the project ...
    { btw, i'm a fair hand with a router...}

    thanks in advance for any tips or opinions , and hopefully not slamming me about this :ninja:.
    peace ,
  2. Have at it!

    You'll need one of these and a template to guide it.


  3. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    thanks ... yeah , i already own one of those .


    anybody else have any opinions / suggestions ?
  4. Heh...

    Sorry, David.

    In all seriousness, it should sound pretty good, though a bit different from a G&L due to the bridge & pickup placement.

    It should be a good match physically because of the width of the "P" neck, which means the strings should center reasonably well over the poles. Note that the G&L pickups are the same width, as opposed to the differing widths of most Jazz pickups, so centering will be the name of the game.

    Do the wiring in simple Jazz fashion; V-V-T. Use 250K audio taper pots and a 0.047mfd cap.

    Don't forget the pickguard when doing the routing.

    Sounds like a fun project.


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