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Jazz Pickup Size Database

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by PilbaraBass, Oct 9, 2009.


  1. Jazz bass pickups are a minefield of different sizes and manufacturers don't seem to publish enough size information about them, so I want to collect the sizes and get them into a spread sheet that's easy to follow....

    What I'd like is the make and model (if it's a stock, from what bass it came from make and model)...the length of the neck pickup and the length of the bridge pickup...

    I will begin...
    Squier Jazz Deluxe Active V...both neck and bridge pickups are 93mm long...

    Please get out your ruler and contribute...thanks...
     
  2. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    93mm? That's an odd size. Stock Jazz pickups are about 91.5mm & 94mm.
     
  3. greenboy

    greenboy

    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    Fender themselves subverted the standards some years back - with the American STANDARDS as I recall. Ironic. Which broke with decades of two sizes that they and everybody else used. And with their downlines they've changed things around at least once, having nothing in common with either period for the upline instruments.
     
  4. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Philadelphia
    Yes, and this is annoying when looking for replacements for Fender basses, because many aftermarket pickups don't fit, including DiMarzio and Seymour Duncan. And if one wants to go noiseless on a Fender five, the selection is even thinner.
     
  5. greenboy

    greenboy

    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    I don't think I've ever had a problem with an after-market J pickup fitting into either length of classic J-bass routes/cavity - and I've swapped a fair number of Js in and out. So I'd say it's the routes in some basses which are the real problem.
     
  6. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Philadelphia
    Sorry, I should have been clearer that I was referring to five string pickups only. The OP mentioned a fiver, so I assumed he was interested in those measurements. On fours, I've only heard about pickup size issues with MIM Fenders, which I believe at times have had different sizing for their bridge pickups.
     
  7. I'm talking 4 and 5 strings alike...

    4's are easier...but the 5'er waters are really muddy...

    BUMP...please contribute...

    when the data starts coming in, the results may be surprising...
     
  8. they may be 94mm, David...interesting for a 5-string however, isn't it?
     
  9. greenboy

    greenboy

    Dec 18, 2000
    remote mountain cabin Montana
    greenboy designs: fEARful, bassic, dually, crazy88 etc
    Well, the majority of the J swapping I've done in the past decade or so has been on Fives. The routed cavities have accommodated the two lengths (and widths and ears) in use for decades.
     
  10. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    My Ibanez 5 string uses two 94mm bridge size Js. That is on the narrow end of a 5 string. My own J pickups work up to a 75mm string spacing.
     
  11. can you give me the model of the Ibanez for my database?
     
  12. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    '87 SR-885LE
     

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  13. Rano Bass

    Rano Bass

    Sep 9, 2006
    Tijuana Mex.
    Sadowsky 5's and Warwick 5's also use that same size of pickups.
     
  14. good info...keep it coming...

    what size do the MIA Fender 5's use? I know they're larger and differ from neck to bridge
     
  15. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    All Carvin (now Kiesel) basses with the jazz pickup routing are all sized for the bridge (long) pickup in both slots.

    Bridge pickup length = 94mm or 3.70"
     
  16. Thrillhouse

    Thrillhouse Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Good info but I'm not sure if anyone is keeping up with this database 9 years later.
     
  17. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    This is from the website for Lindy Fralin Jazz set upgrade:

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  18. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois

    LOL! I found this thread from a search for Jazz pickup dimensions. Didn't check the date.
     

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