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need recommendation for vintage jazz bass pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by drewphishes, Feb 20, 2017.

  1. drewphishes

    drewphishes Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2017
    want to upgrade my VM 70s Jazz Squire Pickups...

    Looking for that vintage j bass sound..

    not schooled on pickups

    It does sound pretty good to begin with so maybe another upgrade that will be better than pickups?

  2. Snaxster


    Nov 29, 2008
    Hello. Which vintage Jazz Bass sound? Pre-CBS? 1960s CBS? 1970s? Marcus Miller? Flatwound? Roundwound?

    Trying a different type of strings (for example switching to flatwound from roundwound) is a minimally invasive change that will let you narrow your historical/sonic focus to within a 15-year span. Then take it from there, continuing to home in on your target sound by more invasive measures (changing pickups, nut, bridge, etc.)

    If you do decide to try different pickups, knowing which era or type of "vintage" sound you want will help you either choose from among the hundreds of stock pickup models (even most hand wound pickups are a standard offering by the maker) or work with a pickup maker to specify custom pickups.
  3. franklindayala


    Feb 8, 2015

    Aero Pickups
  4. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    expensive route - alleva coppolo
    more affordable - used custom shop 60s

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