MusicMan/Jazz Bass name?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by madjazzbass, May 6, 2018.

  1. madjazzbass


    Jan 5, 2014
    What is? or Is there a proper name for a Jazz Bass that has a Musicman pickup in the bridge position? Is it considered an M/J? (like a P Bass with a J pup in the bridge position is called a P/J Bass) or would it be a MMJ? or What? I happen to own a (SX) Bass like this, it sounds fantastic! The MM pup in the bridge position sounds So much fuller, warmer and has a lot more growl than the standard J pup; My next purchase/build will most definitely be another one with this configuration. Anyone else experience this at all?
  2. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    It's hard to say.

    I have seem "J/MM" before.

    There is no formula per say. Because an HS bass or an HSS guitar goes from bridge to necl in order. But a PJ is from neck to bridge.

    Interesting. I honestly don't know.
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  3. Bassist Jay

    Bassist Jay

    Dec 28, 2009
    Sterling, CO.
    Endorsed by K.B. Guitars, Nordstrand Audio Pickups, Von York Strings and Gallien-Krueger Amps.
    Him bucket in the bridge and a jazz near the neck. A jazz body with a H/J configuration. Plenty of builders not just Music Man, use a humbucker style pickup on their basses.
  4. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Isn't HS what music man calls it? I've got a Warwick with that configuration and I love it :thumbsup:
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  5. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Warwick calls it a JazzMan.

    Nordstrand is a RayJay.
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  6. madjazzbass


    Jan 5, 2014
    Just came across this Beauty and I'm in Love :woot: b5e25081a91c7f3994f6adeadab64a10--bass-guitars-for-sale-fender-bass.jpg
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  7. 2cooltoolz

    2cooltoolz i support licensing Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Lake Conroe, TX
    EBMM calls it HS.
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  8. bigtone23


    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    I would lean towards MM/J or J/MM.
    My 99 US P Dlx is a P/JJ since it's a dual J for a bridge PU.
  9. andruca


    Mar 31, 2004
    Madrid (Spain)
    This guy (apparently does such mods a lot, both on Ps and Js) calls them "Fenderman".

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  10. madjazzbass


    Jan 5, 2014
    This is my SX "MMJ", it sounds fantastic 20180507_104746.jpg
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  11. bigtone23


    Dec 10, 2014
    Denver, CO
    I do love those Lakland 55-02/55-94. I have a 55-01 fretless, but would love to have a black 55-02 someday. My catch is the MM PU looks slightly shifted to the bridge from the traditional Stingray sweet spot. Can anyone confirm?
    I really want a 5 string Stingray, but gotta have the wide spacing and properly located PU.

    EDIT: Did some digging and found out that the MM PU on a 02/94 is a touch more bridge side vs a SR. Seems they are favoring a 60s/70s Jazz bridge tone with the coil selects.
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  12. BobKos

    BobKos Supporting Member

    Apr 13, 2007
    I would call it with neck pup first then all others moving towards bridge. True that EBMM calls them backwards, and coil numbering on their basses runs bridge coil #1 & higher towards the neck. Kinda backwards IMO.
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  13. tomersg


    Aug 6, 2007
    warwick call this JAZZMAN. seems legit.
  14. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Musicman calls it the HS.

    Before that, like when Lakland came out it was JMM or MMJ
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  15. Reedt2000

    Reedt2000 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Central New Jersey
    Yup, the FNA Jazzman (the plain FNA model is just the bucker). I like being able to blend the J pickup in, it mellows the aggressive tone of the MM PU.
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  16. tb4sbp


    May 9, 2017
    North East
    That is a nice looking bass
    Nicely done!
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  17. Manticore


    Feb 27, 2016
    SoCal and PNW
    Henceforth it shall be known solely as "Phred."
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  18. I would think that J/MM would create the least confusion with people.
  19. Bassist4Eris

    Bassist4Eris Frat-Pack Sympathizer

    I always called it J/MM. But "RayJay" is the coolest name to pop up in the thread so far. I may have to start using that.

    Here's my main player:

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  20. twinjet

    twinjet Powered by GE90s; fueled with coffee. Staff Member Supporting Member

    Sep 23, 2008
    The hairsplitter in me despises the "P/J/MM" colloquialisms, because the pickups are not sold or actually labeled by those names.

    I use them occasionally because folks know what they mean. However, what EBMM calls them -- Humbucker/Single -- would be the most technically accurate label.

    However, I do realize nobody else really cares. Except @Killed_by_Death ... maybe. ;)
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