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Needing Recommendations for Bass/Mid heavy Jazz Pickups.

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by TjMetalhead, Feb 23, 2020.

  1. TjMetalhead


    Oct 19, 2011
    New Mexico
    I've recently purchased a Squier 60's vibe jazz bass (the black one with the tort pickguard) about a month ago. I like the feel of it but I've played it enough that I'm not digging most of the stock hardware and electronics. The stock pickups are nice and all but I'm looking for pups that are warmer, more mid-range, and have more bottom end. Any good recommendations? I've pondered on getting either a set of Seymour Duncan SJB-2's or a set of Bartolini 9SU L/S. I also play with a set of Rotosound 66's so there's quite a bit of top-end growl that I'm already working with. Let me know what you guys think.
  2. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    Do NOT buy new pickups, simply wire the ones you have in series:

    >> series wiring with independent volume controls <<
    BTW, this will only work well for more lows if you generally use both pickups turned up most of the way.
    If you want back the highs, you just roll back the volume on the neck pickup.
  3. Zoobiedood

    Zoobiedood Commercial User

    Sep 1, 2015
    Writer/Ambassador/Artist/Resident Bass Expert for Seymour Duncan
    I like the series wiring, but it doesn't work well if you solo either of the pickups regularly. The SJB-2s are a good choice for mids, but keep in mind, those mids come from overwinding the pickups, so the feel changes. A 3 band active preamp is another way to get your mids back.
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  4. The SJB-2 is a good choice (in my experience). DiMarzio J is also good.
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  5. TjMetalhead


    Oct 19, 2011
    New Mexico
    I tend to solo the neck or bridge pickup whenever necessary, especially the bridge for needed clarity. Idk if wiring in series will do what I need. I also don't want to put the labor into rewiring the pots, I'm not very good at soldering. I would like to stay in the passive realm so I'll give the Seymour Duncan SJB2 a go.
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  6. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    I've used a lot of different Fender Jazz pickups (Pure Vintage, CS, whatever is in a '64 AVRI, Lindy Frailin hum-cancelling, and Di Marzio Ultra Jazz (in a Nash Jazz relic).

    Must say the CS and DiMarzio are the best sounding to me, and I really like the DiMarzio Ultra Jazz set the best. They were all fine though, and I thought the pickups that came in the Fender Roadworn I have sounded a lot like the actual beat up Jazzes I played back in the late '60s, lol.
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  7. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    The DiMarzio Model J pair does what the OP describes in spades. These exact reasons, including being relatively inexpensive, especially compared to "boutique" pickups, is why I went back to them for the J-bass I play in my heavier band, having played them in various basses since they were a new pickup, and my first set in 1981 had "Patent Applied For" stickers on them.
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  8. TjMetalhead


    Oct 19, 2011
    New Mexico
    DiMarzio Model J™ | DiMarzio

    Are these the pickups? I like the specs I see and it's the same price as the SD's. I found a pretty good sound demo on yt and it sounds pretty great!
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  9. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Yes. And BTW, my current pair are installed on a Squier VM J-body.
  10. BLDavis

    BLDavis Master of Snarks. Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    May 21, 2009
    Ellenboro, NC
    All the choices mentioned above will probably be better than the stock Squire pups. I've tried most of them but I recently started using Nordstrand J Blades Warm and Wooly. And they are just that. More low mids and a little more output. Combine them with a series/parallel switch and you get the best of all worlds. There are plenty of wiring diagrams online but if your not comfortable doing it yourself, get a pre-wired set like the one from Starr Guitars.
    Last edited: Feb 27, 2020
  11. I have the Model J set in my Warwick Corvette Fretless. They're thick and fat, but still super clear. The tone knob is useful all the way down to 0, along with all positions on the blend knob. Super aggressive harmonics, too.

    Not yet mentioned, having adjustable pole pieces is pretty sweet, as well. I didn't think the stock MEC pickups sounded unbalanced from string to string, but you can really get it perfect with the Model Js. I'm going to swap my volume and tone knob for push/pulls to switch each pickup between series and parallel at some point.
  12. Evanforbass


    Feb 3, 2016
    Denver, CO
    What did OP go with?
  13. TjMetalhead


    Oct 19, 2011
    New Mexico
    None, I ended up selling that Squier Jazz. I just couldn't vibe with it.
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