Passive Bass/Jazz Pickups/38mm Nut

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stan_da_man, May 29, 2020.

  1. Stan_da_man


    Aug 29, 2006
    With a body smaller than a Fender. What are my options?
  2. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Maybe Ibanez SR300? They have those coil tap pickups that operate in single or humbucker mode
  3. Stan_da_man


    Aug 29, 2006
    Aren't they active?
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  4. CallMeAl


    Dec 2, 2016
    Ithaca Ny
    Ah shoot. Yes it is. IIRC there’s an older SR with single coil Jazz style pickups, but can’t remember the model.

    What about a GL L2000? Not exactly J pickups, but might get you in the neighborhood
  5. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    G&L JB-2

  6. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    Fodera Emperor J Classic (not sure about the nut width)

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  7. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    Peavey Millennium 4

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  8. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    Sandberg California TT (not sure about the body size)

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  9. groove pump

    groove pump

    Oct 24, 2006

    I'm pretty sure that the Sandberg California has a 39.5mm nut width. I was expecting to get the same thing with one of their Electra TT's, but it came with a 37mm width (actually those listed widths are at their zero frets, not their nuts).

    The strange part of my story was that the Sandberg site actually changed the spec sheet for the Electra TT to the accurate nut width after I bought my bass. Bit of a bummer, but the bass I received is pretty darn nice and sounds terrific.

    The Schecter J-4 has a 38mm nut width - I have a soft spot for that label.

    The PRS Kestrel is listed as having a nut width of 1 19/32", but I don't know how that converts to metric.
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  10. Vinny_G


    Dec 1, 2011
    You're right, it is indeed indicated 39.5 mm on the website. I don't know why I assumed it had the same neck width as the Electra.
  11. groove pump

    groove pump

    Oct 24, 2006
    I could only geek out about them here because of the sort of switch-a-roo that happened with the Electra I bought. That width of 39.5mm is probably my very favorite under the sun - not too narrow and not too chunky-clunky. I though I was buying a nearly perfect (for me) J-bass with the Electra, which also weighs a super cozy 8.6 lbs.

    I bought the bass on a clearance sale, so I couldn't return it. After thinking I'd been served a bit of a crap sandwich with this relatively skinny neck, I put my favorite strings on it, dialed in the action... and we've got some mad lust going on. Looking forward to shredding a gig or two with it somewhere down the road :thumbsup:
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  12. Rabidhamster


    Jan 15, 2014
    The PRS is about 42mm, it’s just shy of 1 11/16 inch
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  13. _Obra_


    Feb 22, 2011
    Novi Sad
    Sandberg !
  14. kalle74


    Aug 27, 2004
    -Warmoth build with a DinkyJ body. Many necks to choose from.
    -Bacchus Jazz bass. Many models to choose from.
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  15. 1stchopper


    Jun 15, 2006
    Overwater Scott Devine Jazz bass.
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  16. Bodeeni

    Bodeeni Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2010
    Fender Deluxe Suhr era 1996-2001 . Smaller bodies with larger single pole pickups. USA and Mex models. I have two USA versions, a fretted and a fretless, both converted to passive. I love them.
  17. These specs are the exact thing I would be looking for if I was allowed to buy another bass....
  18. SteveCS


    Nov 19, 2014
    Hampshire, UK
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  19. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    • Lakland USA Series Darryl Jones DJ-4: 1.5" (38.1mm)
    • Lakland Skyline Series Darryl Jones DJ-4: 1.5" (38.1mm)
    Lakland borrowed the basic Fender Jazz® body shape – which is their 44-60 model – and then, in their own marketing parlance, applied "more curvaceous contours and dramatic cutaways."
  20. rmayer

    rmayer Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2008
    Boynton Beach, FL
    Since you didn’t specify a budget, passive mode. You can start with the new Metro Express line (under $1K) and go up from there. Also some nice pre-owned bargains out there.