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New Pups for my MIJ Jazz Bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by JimmyO, Dec 15, 2004.


  1. JimmyO

    JimmyO

    Dec 15, 2004
    Durham, NC
    Hey All, Long-time lurker, first-time poster here...

    I've got a 10-year old Japanese-made Fender Jazz. I love it to death, and don't plan on parting with it anytime in the near future.

    My pickups have been s#itting the bed slowly for a while, and the bridge pup even has a strange ring to it when it gets knocked. (As an aside: Any idea what causes that ring?)

    My main question:

    1.) What versatile pups would you recommend for my J-bass, given that I like to play a lot of slap and have good low and high presence, but also don't mind dialing in that mid-ish growl ever now and then.

    2.) I prefer to stay with passive electronics, but wonder how best to avoid humming.

    Thanks!

    -JimmyO
     
  2. Ívar Þórólfsson

    Ívar Þórólfsson Mmmmmm... Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2001
    Kopavogur, Iceland
  3. JimmyO

    JimmyO

    Dec 15, 2004
    Durham, NC
    Thanks for the link. Apologies for bringing up a topic that's already been addressed extensively...
     
  4. Trevorus

    Trevorus

    Oct 18, 2002
    Urbana, IL
    Aside from those threads, I reccomend duncan quarter punders...
     
  5. Beefbass

    Beefbass Guest

    Feb 4, 2001
    Since you are into slapping, I would suggest DiMarzio Ultra jazz pickups.

    They are hum cancelling, so there is no single coil noise.

    Get a diagram by emailing DiMarzio, on how you can wire those to push/pull volume pots. This will give you a series-parallel option. Lots of tonal variations, all while staying passive :bassist:

    I find IME that they are pretty versatile, so you can do a lot of different things with these.

    You'll get a good deal on the pickups and volume pots from Brian at www.bestbassgear.com :hyper:
     
  6. Beammeup

    Beammeup

    Oct 7, 2002
    Denmark
    Hi JimmyO

    I've just replaced the PU's in my Fender JB CIJ '62 RI. I didn't like the standards.

    I would suggest Seymour Duncan SJB3 N/B "QuarterPounder".
    Seymour Duncan SJB3 N/B "QuarterPounder" does not have a lot of Humming.

    Let me know what you end up with.
     
  7. JimmyO

    JimmyO

    Dec 15, 2004
    Durham, NC
    Thanks for the input, everyone!

    The Seymour Duncan SJB-3 and the Dimarzio Ultra Jazz seem to the two pups most suited to what I'm looking for, and appear to be similarly (and reasonably!) priced.

    I will look into both and let you know what I come up with.

    Thanks again for the input. You've made a new member feel very welcome.

    Take care,

    JimmyO