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Pickup/Preamp replacements for Jaguar Bass?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by ChordMelody, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. Hey there! I have a CIJ Jaguar bass.

    I've had it for a long time, but I finally pinpointed that there's just some underlying characteristics with the preamp and pickups that I can't make up for.

    I've decided to replace them, and I've come down to the Dimarzio model Js and the Nordstrand NJ4s (But I'm unsure if I should go for the SV or SE Split coils?)

    I also am looking at the 2B Nordstrand preamp as a replacement.

    Anyone have any other suggestions? Maybe in particular the preamp as I have not as much experience with different preamps and such!

    Also, I'm unsure if I'd need the splitcoils and if it will affect the series/parallel wiring options in the Jaguar bass.

  2. basspedaler

    basspedaler Supporting Member

    Feb 18, 2013
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  3. Thanks for the reply :)!!! I will check it out! Should have seen those sooner!
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    i re-did one of these with dimarzio area J pickups (very close to straight vintage sound) and an EMG BTS preamp.

    it was a little tricky to wire it up, but worth it. the pickups themselves sound much better and are of course noiseless, while the preamp has actual boost and cut controls, with a center detent on those thumbwheels.

    the other big improvement was had from a set of gotoh res-o-lite keys, because the JAG body is inherently more neck-heavy on a strap.
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  5. Hey there! Second time hearing of the EMG BTS preamp now! I'm actually really debating between an Aguilar preamp and that one now! I am still doing more demo listens of different pickups but I like the darker bass heavy sound of the model Js atm!

    I really want to get better tuning machinese (lighter ones) but I can't stand drilling new holes in it. I am thinking of a hipshot kickass bridge and hopefully it will be less neck heavy!

    Thanks for the tips and suggestion!