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Jazz pickups with kick?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Nomadic Herder, Dec 1, 2001.

  1. Well, I have come into some money today. ($101.57 to be exact) And now I think I'm going to take the plunge and upgrade my basses. I want to upgrade the pickups on my MIM Jazz. I like the tone of the stock pickups, but I want something with a little more kick to it. Something a bit more agressive maybe? I play punk, and I will only use passive pickups. Can I be helped?
  2. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    I think there are a few choices close to your budget.

    Seymour Duncan "Hot" or "¼-Pounder". They're $53
    each ($106/set) at dguitarparts.com.

    There's also DiMarzio DP123's. If I'm readin' it right,
    they're $89/set at M/F. What's nice about these
    is that each pup is a humbucker.

    Is your MIM Jazz a recent model? I heard somewheres
    that they started using dissimilar-sized pups like the
    American series. The three models above all have different-
    sized bridge and neck models.
  3. Oh, the budget doesn't much matter. By the time I'm going to be able to get the stuff, I'll have between $250 and $325. My Jazz is a 2000...the last year for the same sized pickups. Which means I'll have to do some routing or something.

    As for the 1/4 pounder SD's...the lack of midrange on the tone chart kind of concerned me. Would I still get all the good cutting power as if I had the hot?
  4. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    uhhh...good question? I've only tried the DP123 - and very
    briefly at that :(. I know several other TBr's have used both
    S/D's and could give ya' a better answer regardin' cutting through.

    FWIW, here's the BP mag J pup shoot-out...click.
  5. Basslines Hot SJB-2 might be a good choice. SD's literature says they have a midrange emphasis. A friend of mine put some in his mexi-Jazz a while ago and the thing came alive. Real meaty, in your face jazz tone. They're still single coils so you don't lose that Jazz bass characteristic sound. I mixed sound for his band and they cut through 2 guitars very nicely. Much better than with his stock pickups. I think he just installed them straight so the originals must have been different sizes. I liked what they did so much that I've ordered a set for my US Jazz.... They appear to be in short supply these days. Mine are back ordered until January...and the distributor's rep is a friend of mine who did a fairly exhaustive search. D'oh.

    edit: bloody typos.:D
  6. jwymore


    Jul 26, 2001
    Portland, OR

    If you need a set of "Hots" e-mail me .....
  7. Funkster

    Funkster Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    What about Fenders Custom Shop 60's pups? I have them in my 77 Jazz and they sound killer!
    Tons of mids and a pretty hot output,
    I got mine for around 115.00 for the set..
  8. Thanks for the confirmation, I ordered a set today, and was hoping it had the mids that I want. I got a pretty good deal too, $109 at angela's.
  9. lo-end


    Jun 15, 2001
    I would also recommend the Hot for J Bass pickups. Dont worry, they arent active. Dont let the word "hot" fool you, it certainly fooled me :p
  10. Funkster

    Funkster Supporting Member

    Apr 6, 2000
    Wormtown, MA
    EXCELLENT CHOICE! I hope you like them... They should make that MIM come alive....
  11. notduane said...

    FWIW, here's the BP mag J pup shoot-out... click.

    I read the shootout earlier this week and bought a set of Bartolini 9W4s for my MIM Deluxe. I should have them on Monday. I'll keepya posted.

  12. Well a few minutes ago I placed my order for a set of SD Hot Jazz pickups. Ill know what theyre like in about 2 weeks. :D
  13. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    I just ordered a set of DiMarzio DP-123s today from MF. There was a posting over on the FDP about a $25 discount coupon code, so I took advantage of it and got a set for $68 shipped.
  14. Old Blue

    Old Blue

    Mar 18, 2000
    I also have a MIM Jazz and I agree that the pickups are the weakest link. I replaced them with a set of Fender American Std pups and it made a HUGE difference.
  15. Dolan


    May 23, 2000
    Vienna Md

    Where did you see the post on the FDP about the coupon code for the DiMarzio DP-123's? I'd like to buy a replacement set of pup's a Carvin U have. Thanks.

  16. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL

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