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Is there anything else similar to the DiMarzio Model J?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by JimmyThunder, Mar 30, 2014.

  1. JimmyThunder

    JimmyThunder Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    New Hampshire
    I have run DiMarzio Model J's in my #1 for years and absolutely love the sound. It's atypical fatness is perfection, to me.

    My #2 "backup bass" slot is ever-rotating, a combination of G.A.S. lust and never finding anything I like nearly as much as my #1. I have recently come to the conclusion that even though I TELL MYSELF I want the tonal variety of having a slightly different setup for #2, any traditional j-bass pickup I have used just sounds weak and shallow to my ear. I guess the best of the bunch was the SD Quarter Pounder but.....not quite fat enough.

    I am almost at the point where I will break down and just buy another set of Model J's...but before I admit defeat, I am looking to y'all for help. Is there anything else PASSIVE out there with the fat bottom and low-mid bump that the Model J's offer?
  2. Jim C

    Jim C Spector#496:More curves than Sophia + better sound Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Probably but why mess with something you like?
    You can also get into the debate of wood species, density, and fretboard of the #2 bass vs. the #1 :meh:
  3. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    If there is another pickup like the Model J, I haven't found it.
  4. staccatogrowl

    staccatogrowl Supporting Member

    I have 2 regrets regarding DiMarzio Js:

    1) DiMarzio does not make a 5-string version

    2) When I did use DiMarzio Js playing 4-string electric bass, I used them in series wiring configuration. In hind sight, I would have wired them in parallel, with series activation switches, much like a Ken Smith setup. My intuition is that this would be an absolute killer combo, paired with a decent 3-band preamp. Sadly, I won't be able to test my theory, because I do not forsee going back to 4 strings (just lovin' that low B string for many years).

    I tried several aftermarket pickup setups before using Dimarzio Js. In that experience there was nothing else like them.
  5. I admittedly am more of a p guy , but I have 3 Js , all set up differently . One of my fret less has Js and a Retro j preamp and is probably one of the best sounding basses I own . They are hard to beat .
  6. Arthur U. Poon

    Arthur U. Poon

    Jan 30, 2004
    SLC, Utah -USA-
    Endorsing Artist: Mike Lull Custom Basses
    Me neither. IMO DiMarzio's Model-J is a great pickup; it gives the J-Bass sound a bit more 'Meat'. Kind of halfway between a Jazz and a Precision. -And it's priced right, IMO.
  7. JimmyThunder

    JimmyThunder Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Guess I'm outta luck then. Perhaps I can try putting a Model J in the neck (which I heavily favor) and something different in the bridge for just a 'spice' of....whatever it is I am hoping for
  8. xroads


    Nov 6, 2012
    Yes to this. Pretty sad...
  9. What about the DiMarzio Ultra Jazz pickups?

    Delano pickups are meant to be big sounding too.

    (I haven't used either, though I do love my Model P+J setup ;) )
  10. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I haven't tried the model J, but what you are describing sounds alot like the Rio Grande, Muy Grandes.
  11. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    They don't sound like Model J's at all.
  12. staccatogrowl

    staccatogrowl Supporting Member

    Ultra Jazz: U represents EQ mid scoop, the opposite of Model J's mid-enhanced tonality
  13. the baint

    the baint

    Jan 1, 2010
    Greenville, SC
    Techtronic Industries, North America employee. Opinions are my own.
    I was about to start a thread, but since 5 strings were mentioned I thought I would just tag along here (OP, ask me to move to another thread if you want).

    Model Js don’t come in 5 string, unfortunately. What sounds similar, still hum-cancels, and in 5?
  14. xroads


    Nov 6, 2012
    Good question...Aguilar and Nordstrand make some split coils for a 5-string Jazz.
    Otherwise...no idea.
  15. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    I'm not sure how close they are to the Model J, but the Barden rails humbuckers definitely added thickness and punch to my MIA Jazz V, so they might be a good choice. Despite the humbucker configuration, they produce lots of treble -- I turn my tone control down about as much as I did with other pickups. They're very expensive, but also very good IMO.