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Noiseless Jazz Bass pickups - Help me pick a set

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by stringthrough, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. Low Down Brown

    Low Down Brown Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2018
    Bartolini B-axis jazz set....great sounding set of pups.
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  2. Bodeeni

    Bodeeni Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    I am using the Delano JC4s and am really happy with them. Punch of a single coil but quiet.
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  3. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone. Supporting Member

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    The Seymour Duncan Apollo set is the next set of Jazz pickups I am going to get. :bassist:
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  4. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Dimarzio Area J is the correct answer
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  5. wmmj

    wmmj Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2009
    Tokyo, Japan
    I second the Delano. I use the 5 string version of the pickup. One benefit for me was that I’m more likely to use “bridge only” more than before. I didn’t like it before, but I’m starting to dig it now.
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  6. pbassnut

    pbassnut Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2004
    Falls Church, VA
    DiMarzio Area J pickups are humbucking and sound very similar to traditional single coil Fender J type pickups. In addition, they have raised A and D pole pieces for improved string to string balance and are relatively inexpensive (@ roughly $130 a pair last I checked).
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  7. InhumanResource


    Dec 28, 2012
    I say just deal with it. Nothing sounds like real single coils, you'll never be happy with a replacement if that's the sound you really want. You can get noiseless but it comes at the expense of all the bite that makes a jazz bass a jazz bass.
  8. I say don't deal with it.

    Both Model J & Ultra Jazz can be wired to be both humbucking & single coil, you should choose one of these and wire it that way. Between series/parallel, single & hb for each pup, you will have the widest range of tones in a single bass that can be had without power tools. Between the two the Ultra Jazz have a wider frequency range (a bit brighter) but I prefer the model J.
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  9. InhumanResource


    Dec 28, 2012
    I hear you, but I used to have those ultra jazzes. They remind me of a million years ago when I switched to quarter pounders - a great big pillow of sound. Once I brought them to rehearsal I had nothing but bottom and top. Great big scoop. Maybe the model J's are better, but if you are looking for your j bass to sound like a j bass the ultra's aren't it.
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  10. you're right about that, but in single coil mode they do sound like single coils which was the requirement here. I don't think the current J's that Fender makes sound anything like either 60's or 70's J's, and it's disappointing they discontinued the super 55's because that would have been my first suggestion. I absolutely hate how scooped a lot of J's sound; the early J's weren't as scooped but as we got closer to 1980 we got more and more scooped.

    For a humbucking J set, the Model J's sound the best to me. Not 100% vintage, but a pleasant combination of J style punch/bite/growl (which is inherently at least a bit scoopy), silence-ness, and vintage-ness.
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  11. InhumanResource


    Dec 28, 2012
    You're right about the new ones, man. Ever since those N3 things came out they have had absolutely no balls. Though I did just hear one of those new Elite V's at a bar and it sounded damn good, but I don't know what else the player had set up with it. I want to go try one out for research.
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  12. craigie


    Nov 11, 2015
    Pretty sure you’re mistaken there. They can be wired in series or parallel but either way they are still two coils and they sound different than a single coil.

    They do sound great though. Just depends what you want.
  13. You can coil split each individual pup, and you can wire the bass to have the two pups wired in series or parallel to each other. We aren't talking about an individual HB wired with its own coils wired in series or parallel, but the two volume pots (parallel) or a single (series), so two different sets of options.


    plus essentially this, for each pup
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  14. svtb15

    svtb15 Banned

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig. Q+
    Seymour Duncan APOLLO ... ive played many and I think these are very very close to the single coil thing
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  15. Lesfunk

    Lesfunk Supporting Member

    Lindy Fralin. /thread
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  16. NOVAX


    Feb 7, 2009
    Joe Barden's blade if you have the dough. Larry D's Area J is nice. So is ultrajazz if you're on a budget.
    If you consider Nordstrand, Fralin or Lollar, listen hard to Barden.
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  17. saabfender

    saabfender Banned

    Jan 10, 2018
    Fender Noiseless Jazz for me. Two sets so far. They sound like the stock single coils. Pretty impressive if you think about it.
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  18. Stranger Danger

    Stranger Danger Feel Like A Stranger Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    Yep. They are really close to singles. Cheap and sound great plus you can wire them series/parallel.
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  19. I've used Lollars on an American Fender J bass with a rosewood fretboard, very beautiful sound. Better than the Fender Pickups, IMO.
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