Jazz Bass, Alembic pickups, and history

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by sfbass, Jul 2, 2003.

  1. sfbass


    Jun 25, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    I'd love to hear if anyone has any thoughts on the following: I'm trying to decide between the original Fender pickups in my Jazz Bass or replacement Alembic pickups. Here's the background (sorry it's long) so you can see where I'm coming from.

    I have a 1970 or so Jazz Bass I bought around 1983. The previous owner had done quite a few mods -- Badass II bridge inset into body, 1 Schecter pickup, removed the pickguard and painted bass black -- so it's not like it was exactly a stock or "pure" Fender even when I got it.

    So...as the electronics were making lots of noise at that time (and possibly being young and foolish), I decided to put in a set of Alembic active pickups. Results then and now: Lots of tone control but incredible hissing from tone pot (already spoke to Alembic about it, they've changed things over the years to improve this).

    My main concern? I just look back sometimes and feel like I did the wrong thing putting these things in. As such, I'm currently considering putting the original pickups back in...and for that matter, I don't even remember if the original pickups sound good or not (anyone have any experience on that?).

    So...does anyone have any opinions on this? The bass has already been modified a good deal so it's not like I'm bringing it back to its original state; I guess it just seemed like the right thing to do and have respect for an old Fender bass.

    On a side note, I spoke with the owner/designer of Badass bridges on the phone around 4 years ago and we got off topic a bit when I was discussing repainting my bass and changing the pickups. I can't quite remember how he put it but he felt that the bass, in its current state, was my bass and a reflection of me...and thus he personally felt I should not change things.

    That's it. Thanks for your patience and any thoughts you can pass along.

  2. Taylor Livingston

    Taylor Livingston Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    Louisiana, US
    Owner, Iron Ether Electronics
    I'll take those Alembic pickups off your hands... :D