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MusicMan Pickups on a Jazz bass?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by JChurch_Bass, Jan 12, 2012.

  1. JChurch_Bass


    Oct 23, 2011
    I was wondering if it is possible to install a musicman pickup in the bridge position on a jazz bass. I know if i attempted i would have to cut out room for one of these pickups and routing and stuff but i want to know is, has it been done before? What does it sound like? Is it easy?
    I may sound stupid but ive always wanted to play with one of these pickups but cant afford the amazing musicman basses.
  2. JChurch_Bass


    Oct 23, 2011
    Aside from th musicman pickup is it possible to add any soap bar pickup into a jazz bass bridge or neck position?
  3. thombo


    Aug 25, 2006
    Denver, CO
    no, the musicman body is the ONLY body that can handle the musicman pickpup. the body was specially designed to handle the resonant frequencies of the humbucker. using a different body will result in explosions... or at least splinters.

  4. Lakland has been doing the MM/J pup conf. since their inception. As a matter of fact,there's few companies that don't offer that option.
  5. Basso54


    Jul 22, 2003
    Dalhart, TX
    Anything is possible with a router and sufficient testicular fortitude.
  6. saxnbass


    Mar 9, 2006
    Nashville, TN
    I'd be more interested in hearing what it would be like if you put the MM pickup in the neck position and left the J pickup at the bridge.
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  7. JavierFarias


    Feb 9, 2011
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  8. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather

    Man, that must sound sweet! Those large pole Delano pickups have some serious booty!
  9. JChurch_Bass


    Oct 23, 2011

    Thats what i had in mind
  10. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
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  11. JChurch_Bass


    Oct 23, 2011
    Holy crap, how do those sound?
  12. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    They had ceramic Basslines MM pickups, and the Basslines preamps. They were very bright sounding. Reminded me of a G&L.

    The same guy had me do all those, and a few others too, like these. Most of them were Squires.

  13. kasbrey


    Aug 23, 2002
    Northampton UK
    As that's my bass I feel qualified to comment :D

    It does sound good but the problem you may encounter is the width of the existing jazz pickup rout. The MM pickup is not as wide so there would be a gap around it. You could minimize this by careful placement but personally I feel this could have a negative effect on the sound.
  14. JChurch_Bass


    Oct 23, 2011
    I dont mean to sound like im complaining but whenever i come here for help or advice i always end feeling lesser of a bassists. You guys know way too much, im jealous.
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  15. Just saw this old thread. Here's a question: Anybody ever tried to add a MM pickup to a P-bass? That way, you's be able to have a P-bass sound, and then switch over to the punchy MM sound (or anything in between). You also would be able to make a nice clean rout, since there's no pickup there. I've been thinking about doing this for some time now.

  16. droppedurpocket


    Nov 11, 2011
    Plano, TX
    Yep, there is one for sale in the classifieds here. I believe Masterbass! Is selling it. I'm sure he would answer any questions about how it sounds.
  17. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism Supporting Member

    Yup, tons, here the first of many results from google, this one is from TB.

  18. SGD Lutherie

    SGD Lutherie Banned Commercial User

    Aug 21, 2008
    Bloomfield, NJ
    Owner, SGD Music Products
    A gap around the pickup will not affect the tone. Why would it?

    All you really have is a small gap between the two screw tabs on the bass side.

    If you look at some basses with the pickguards removed, you can see a big rectangular rout around the pickup that you don't see with the pickguard on. The size of the pickup rout has nothing to do with how the pickup works.
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  19. Cougmeister


    Oct 1, 2012
    Man, after reading this thread I kinda want to buy a cheap project bass to try this out.
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