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Microphonic 66' Jazz

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by James Simonson, Oct 31, 2010.


  1. James Simonson

    James Simonson

    Feb 2, 2008
    Detroit, MI
    Endorsing Artist : Ernie Ball and Ampeg
    The rear pickup on my 66' Jazz is starting to become microphonic. I know potting them is the answer. That's not the question.

    The bass is so alive right know. I have owed several Jazz basses and this one is by far the best Jazz I've ever played. I don't want to change it. It is useable if I don't boost the highs like crazy and avoid facing the amp in loud situations.

    The question:

    Will potting the pickups kill the special character that I've got happening? Right now, if I tap the wood or even rotate the strap you hear it through the amp. It brings a special acoustic feel to the instrument as if I was dealing with my upright.

    Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.
     
  2. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    IMO, potting them will change the microphonic character that you mentioned.
     
  3. My 66 became really microphonic, i potted the pickups and it has sounded different ever since, not sure its a bad different, but different...
     
  4. johnk_10

    johnk_10 vintage bass nut Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 16, 2008
    Thousand Oaks, CA
    John K Custom Basses
    i have very lightly potted pickups before and it didn't change them much, if at all. as a matter of fact, i think it made them sound the way that there are supposed to sound (as in 'non-microphonic'). however, if you've grown to love the way that a microphonic vintage pickup sounds, i wouldn't pot it at all unless it became unuseable.

    2 cents.........
     
  5. James Simonson

    James Simonson

    Feb 2, 2008
    Detroit, MI
    Endorsing Artist : Ernie Ball and Ampeg
    bump
     

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