Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by funkythumb, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. funkythumb

    funkythumb Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2005

    Let me rephrase the question or questions to be more accurate..
    Please on chime in with on either of these.
    What bass and/or bass pickup in the bridge pickup position, delivers the fattest and punchiest Jaco-like tone?
    I'm not actually looking for an exact Jaco tone. I want something that's fatter and fuller and yet punchy in a bridge pickup.
    Of the many basses I've played, the G&L L2500 has the closest sound with the rear pickup soloed.
    Also any opinions on any overall bass combo that would deliver this tone...i.e. Delano humbucker on a basswood body???
  2. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    Fender jazz bass pickup in a 60s jazz bass.
  3. funkythumb

    funkythumb Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2005
    k, thanks,
    I kinda had a bigger sound in mind than a traditional jazz. Any other ideas??
  4. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    louder amp? ;)
  5. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    I'm just messing with ya! ;)
    I hear good things about the Dimarzio Model J for a "like a jazz but super fat" sound
  6. Mike Shevlin

    Mike Shevlin

    Feb 16, 2005
    Las Vegas
    Hmmm- the Bartolini MM style at the bridge position of my Lakland 55-94 sounds fatter than my old G&L L2000, but I usually boost the eq to arrive at this fatness.
  7. Mushroo

    Mushroo Guest

    Apr 2, 2007
    also an active preamp like sadowsky that can give you a little bass boost
  8. steve21

    steve21 Inactive

    How about the Nordstrand signature pickups? Kinda like J-basses but they're bigger and sound bigger as well from what I've heard.
  9. funkythumb

    funkythumb Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2005
    I've got a Sadowsky J and it sounds wonderful but still doesn't have the sound I'm talking about.
    Like I said, it's akin to the bridge pickup on a G&L, if that helps describe what I'm hearing.
    Tom Kennedy's sound on his custom Fodera is pretty much along those lines. Something like two soaps in the back. It's not a Roscoe sound either.
    I think it's a combo of body wood and pickups. That and probably a great studio pre-amp.
    I'm hearing recorded music here and there in the jazz genre with that sound. Unfortunately, I've been unable to get the name of the artist.
    thanks for the help
  10. funkythumb

    funkythumb Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2005
    I need to get my hands on a bass with those Nordy j's and lisen to that rear pickup.
    NAMM 2009 here I come!! :)
  11. The Bartolini xxM45c quad coil pickup was one of the fattest and fullest sounding pickup I've ever heard. I had a Tobias Toby Pro Deluxe and stuck a pair of those bad boys in there and BOOM!!! Nothing but morbid obesity. I ran them with all coils on. Never tapped them, and the output was huge.
  12. slowburnaz

    slowburnaz Commercial User

    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    Owner, Turner Pickups
    Looks like you play some ERBs, but one the fatter bridge pickups I've heard is a DarkStar in the bridge position... FWIW.
  13. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Closest thing I've ever heard to my L-2000 was the EMG 35DC.
  14. fullrangebass


    May 7, 2005
    For deeper and bigger my vote goes to Villex pickups

  15. Fred Hammon

    Fred Hammon

    May 13, 2005
    For Jaco tone you don't need fat.
    People too often confuse gear with a particular artist's sound.
    Jaco used a vintage bass with vintage pickups. He would have been able to get the same sound with modern reproductions. Much of that transparent recorded sound he got was through some minimal electronic processing and EQing available at that time in the studio. The bulk of his sound came from his fingers - with fresh Rotosound round-wound strings - soloing the the bridge pickup.
    This sound can come from a whole variety of basses and pickups - given the right player and amp settings etc.
  16. This'll give you fat:



    Old Vantage Double P defretted - don't know its model - maybe somebody here knows?

    I bought it as a derelict.
  17. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    G&L L1000 gets my vote.
  18. phunku


    Jan 9, 2008
    London, England

    ive got model J/s in my Jazz, and man does that Bridge pickup do fat!!!! i often either have it favoured or soloed!, but of course thru a 15" cab!
  19. Maybe the delano J pickup with the large poles. It has huge punch and bottom on my jazz bass.
  20. phxlbrmpf


    Dec 27, 2002
    I know they're pretty rare but try a Twin Jazz pickup like the Roscoe Beck pickups or the bridge pickup of the old Am. Deluxe P basses, I had great luck with adding one to my SX P fretless. It has plenty of output so it works really well with the SD Quarter Pounder I installed in the neck position.

    Mine is custom-made by a German luthier, though.


    This has got to be the best name for a bass pickup, ever. :D