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Jazz pickup that is closest to a MM Humbucker

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by russpurdy, Feb 2, 2014.

  1. russpurdy


    Apr 16, 2013
    So I had a sub ray4 and liked the musicman style pickup but didn't play it enough so it's gone. What could I put in the bridge of my jazz to get closer to that sound. I was thinking a model J?
  2. jonathanhughes

    jonathanhughes Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    The Model J has a very subdued top end, so i don't think it would be a good pick. I think a lot of the MM sound has to do with the placement (a bit closer to the neck than a Jaz bass bridge pickup), so without routing a new hole, you may be out of luck.
  3. Funkinthetrunk

    Funkinthetrunk Registered User Supporting Member

    Without the wide aperture of the MM style humbucking pickups, you can't really replicate it with a Jazz pickup...no matter where the rout is.
  4. yup.

    but, the pickup placement is a big part of it too.

    just get the fattest sounding j pickup you can... youll never be exact.. but it's as close as itll get.
  5. russpurdy


    Apr 16, 2013
    Thanks....sorta haha. Would putting a series parallel switch help fatten things up a bit?
  6. Isotonic

    Isotonic Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Round Rock TX
    Someone in another thread suggested that one of the Delano models with the huge magnets had a very beefy tone not unlike the MM. This video captures the sound pretty well. Beefy mids with plenty of top end. Not unlike a MM at all.

  7. Without placing it at the same position as the M.M. pickup, it will not sound anything like a M.M. Position is a huge factor in the sound.
  8. Sounds good, but not very M.M...
  9. Isotonic

    Isotonic Supporting Member

    Oct 19, 2011
    Round Rock TX
    I am not a MM specialist, I have never had one, but we have all heard them. I suppose the Delano is as close as you are going to get. The OP was looking for a J set that would get him closer to an MM. I agree that a J could probably never nail it, but the Delano is certainly closer than the vast majority of J sets out there.

    In the end, there are many variables. I remember a story about Tommy Tedesco. He was asked to play a banjo on a tune. He didn't have one, so he taped a something made out of paper on the top of his acoustic, carefully hiding the instrument behind a gobo, he adjusted his picking technique and played the part. The producers response: Exactly! I Knew a banjo would fit there perfectly.
  10. Funkinthetrunk

    Funkinthetrunk Registered User Supporting Member

    Name I haven't heard in many years.

    I always thought that the perfect Jazz bass may be the ones that has a splitable MM pickup in the bridge. May not be in the same location, but close enough.