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Jazz bass sound... 60's or 70's??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by B String, Feb 27, 2006.

  1. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    First. Is the "70's" jazz bass sound do entirely to the
    pickup placement, or was there a change in the pickups too?

    Second. Which sound do you like more? 60's jazz or 70's?
  2. KJung

    KJung Supporting Member

    I am a 70's guy. While pickup placement is a significant part of it, the large, heavy ash body and maple board has a lot to do with getting that aggressive tone IMO.

    I just played a Sadowsky Metro UV with the 70's pickup placement and a lightweight body and rosewood board and... it sounded like a Sadowsky, not particularly 70's Jazz. Very nice though! I understand from other posts and PM's that the maple board versions with single coil pickups and bodies on the heavier side cop a more 70's vibe... so lot's of ingredients 'in the stew'.
  3. B String

    B String Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    I've got a 2005 Fender am dlx V with an Alder body and
    Maple neck. With the eq flat, it has a very 70's sound.
    This is a very light weight bass. Maybe less than 9lbs.
    It sounds similar to a Lakland DJ, but has more eq options.
    The bridge pickup is the same distance from the bridge as
    on my 64 jazz bass, but has more of a 70's sound. I'm
    thinking maybe its how they voice the pickups.
  4. dadodetres


    Dec 19, 2004
    What is the difference in the pickup placement between 60`s and 70`s? (and modern basses?)

    When did they change that?
  5. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY

    60's. Smooth!!!!!