Jazz bass pickup suggestions

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by bassface771, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. bassface771


    Jul 25, 2013
    Sadly, I am now on the market for new pickups. I am looking for something with more boom than the fender jazz bass stocks. I own a 5-string American jazz bass if this helps. I’m looking for a really tight low end and some really tasty mids haha. I would like a crisp high end, but not a clank clank overbearing sound. I use steel strings and have already changed bridges to a hipshot A (which I love). I play jazz, blues, and a lot of funk. Playing style wise I mostly slap, but finger playing’s still part of the show. What kind of pickups would you guys suggest!
    I’m considering Lindy Fralin Pickups JAZZ BASS V 10% Overwind
  2. pbass888

    pbass888 Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    New York, NY
    if you want more thump i would suggest the sjb2 duncans. ( fat pbass like tone slightly overwound and not too harsh like the qps (imho)). if you want a more trad single coil jazz sound go for the fender originals or my favs the sjb1 by duncan.
  3. bassface771


    Jul 25, 2013
    pbass888 thanks for the suggestion, I'm researching them right now! Matt I've already read it up and down, and it wasn't as useful as you might think ;). Please consider that people research before asking questions!
  4. Matt R.

    Matt R.

    Jul 18, 2007
    Huntsville AL
    Um ok. Just trying to help out.
  5. Dan55


    Apr 26, 2006
    A set of DiMarzio Model Js did it for me. Bottom end punch.

  6. MDBass

    MDBass Supporting Member

    Nov 7, 2012
    Los Angeles, CA
    Endorsing Artist: Spector-Dingwall-Aguilar-DR-Tech 21-Darkglass
    Aguilar AG-70's or H/C's
  7. You'll get a hundred players with a hundred different preferences. that being said, i have had good luck with Sadowsky Hum canceling and DiMarzio Ultra Jazz. Fralins are great too
  8. I have Dimarzios in both my Jazz basses: Ultra Jazz and Area J. The Ultras are hot and scooped, the Area Js are more Mid-rangey. with a bit more 'punch' and clarity.

    The project Jazz will probably have Model Js - a friend has them in his Jazz and he's more of a thump/slap player (I'm pick/fingers). He's got a great defined sound for what he does.

    I love the Area Js, but YMMV, etc.
  9. pbass888

    pbass888 Supporting Member

    Jul 8, 2009
    New York, NY
    What kind of music do you play and who are bassists tones whom you admire? I think you will love the sjb 2 ..also call the custom shop at Duncan... Very helpful. A final suggestion might be a outboard sadowsky preamp for a big range of tones for all of your basses?
    Good luck!
  10. bassface771


    Jul 25, 2013
    Matt R. sorry haha I didn't read what I typed over, it was rude of me. pbass888 I really like victor w's jazzy tone and claypools harsh slap tone, I would like a sound thats somewhere in the middle. I've been making some calls and the duncans are tempting!
    Does any one know how the delanos sound?
  11. Dogghouse


    Jan 25, 2011
    Santa Barbara
    Bass Guy @ Seymour Duncan
    The SJB-2's can drive your amp pretty hard, especially the mids. The SJB-3's (Quarter Pounds) have a bit less output and a scoopier midrange. The quarter inch diameter poles increase the overall frequency range too. Good for those venues with lousy acoustics.