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J Bass Pickups, looking for clear sound?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Myrriad, Mar 21, 2013.

  1. Myrriad

    Myrriad Banned

    Oct 11, 2012
    Squier VM Jazz. Added black vintage stlye knobs, black control plate, a black Gotoh 201 Bridge, and I'll have some black Hipshot HB7s in soon, as well as some DR Black Beauties. I've got what I want aesthetically, but the sound isn't quite what I want. I'm looking for some J Bass pickups that will drop right in without any hassle, with a clear sound.
  2. JGBass06


    Dec 21, 2010
    DR Strings/GK Amps/Nordstrand Pickups/Igig Cases
    Nordstrand NJ4's
  3. lowendmafia

    lowendmafia Supporting Member

    Oct 11, 2007
    Sacramento, California
    Nordys are awesome, but if you are into a more vintage type tone I would recommend David Allen Pickups. I'll put them up against anything. He only makes one set, but they are a great set.
  4. -Nordstrand
    -Lindy Fralin
  5. Dave W

    Dave W Supporting Member

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
  6. awamori


    Dec 10, 2009
    Delano JMVC 4 FE/M2.
  7. The PUs that get most frequently recommended on average (if you distilled the last 100 PU posts) are (IMHO, AFAIK etc etc):

    Lindy Fralin
    Seymour Duncan - Antiquity II
    Fender Custom Shop '60s

    There are over 200 manufacturers of PUs. Everyone has a different opinion. I'm currently looking at 3 UK suppliers that you won't have heard of!

  8. An old tried and true standby - Di Marzio Model Js with adjustable black pole pieces.
  9. cocodrilo58


    Aug 19, 2008
    Get a set of reed james vintage correct jazz bass pickups
  10. cocodrilo58


    Aug 19, 2008
    Website. Reedjamescustompickups.com
  11. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    No need to spend for boutique pickups if you want clear, basic J-bass tone. Try Duncan SJB-1 if you want single coils, or DiMarzio Area J to go noiseless. They're safe bets and easy to find.
  12. 39-Bassist


    Jul 7, 2010
    Endorsing Artist for: Brace Audio; Duncan Pickups; Line6, Hipshot, GHS Strings, Somnium Guitars
    I replaced my J basses with the Duncan STK-J2's and have been VERY happy with them. I tried alot of others and those were what I settled on....IT just comes down to your taste...You will hear a lot of opinions here for sure.
    ANY quality brand pickups will do fine. Just check out their specs to see if they are what you want.
    I wanted a clear clean and punchy sound without and hum and that's why I chose the Duncans STK's
    Good luck.

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