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Please, help with pickup replacement decision.

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Tigerclaw_x, May 27, 2020.

  1. Tigerclaw_x


    Apr 25, 2016
    I got myself a jazz bass without pickup. At this point I am considering opening up cavities, and, instead of jazz pickups, getting humbuckers. I found two sets of humbuckers, both for about 65 bucks. Which one do you think I should pick:\
    1. MEC Warwick vintage humbuckers (they are on Warwick streamer) OR
    2. YGD H5. Those are from Yamaha TRBX504 bass.

    Both cost the same, any suggestions as to which one is overall a better pickup? The bass will be set up as PASSIVE. MEC Vintage humbuckers are passive, so are YHD h5s.
    Thank you.
  2. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    If you want humbuckers, especially split coil humbuckers, there are plenty of J-pickups that fit the existing routs, saving much time and effort. For example:

    DiMarzio Model J
    DiMarzio Ultra Jazz
    Seymour Duncan Apollo
    Lindy Fralin "split" J's
    Bartolini (certain models)

    And several others whose names escape me right now.

    In addition, there are several "stacked" models out there that have decent tone, including:
    Seymour Duncan regular and hot stacks

    And there are some other designs that are designed to be reduced noise, including

    Lace Sensors
    DiMarzio Area J's

    It's all up to the tone you want, from "polite" stacks, to very close to vintage in the Apollo and Fralins, to scoop tone monster Ultra J's, to rockin' Model J's, to so little noise you forget you're plugged in, with the Kinmans and Barts. And it beats the hell out of risking ruining your bass by cutting on it.
    Last edited: May 28, 2020
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  3. Tigerclaw_x


    Apr 25, 2016

    Thank you for the reply, Sir. If you noticed I specifically said the price $65 for a SET of those. There is no way I can get DiMarzio, Lace, Barts or Duncan, a SET for $65. Besides I specifically got this bass so I can play with it and experiment with it. So, between MEC vintage humbuckers and Yamaha YDG HH5, which ones would be better?
  4. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

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  5. testing1two

    testing1two Supporting Member

    Feb 25, 2009
    Southern California
    I love jazz basses so take my advice with a grain of salt...I would patiently scour the TalkBass classifieds until I found a deal on some proper Jazz pickups. Right now there is a set of Aguilar 60's and Aguilar 70's jazz sets for around $100.
  6. robert43


    Jun 5, 2007
    If you want to go for humbuckers I would look on evil bay or Ali etc for MM pickups or even a seen on evil bay a J bass pickup that looks like 2 j bass pickups joined together
  7. robert43


    Jun 5, 2007
  8. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    Sorry, I am not familiar with either of those. And sometimes, used J-pickups come up for sale in the classifieds section in your budget.
  9. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Lindy Fralin or Jason Lollar.
  10. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    CALIG humbuckers on eBay are dirt cheap but pretty much won my recent humbucking-J noise shootout ( second only to Bart's...)

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  11. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    I appreciate the work you did on that, but I'm skeptical about the timbre of those super-quiet humbucking pickups.
    Aren't they lacking in "character" or top-end?

    Once upon a time I was an all-humbuckers ALL the time person, but have since discovered I love the top-end bite of single-coils.
    Split-Coils are a happy medium, but I'd draw the line at "stacked" humbuckers.
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  12. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    I find the bartolini dual-coils are just a little bit down on "zing" - except their B-Axis, which sound more like single-coils than any other humbucking J that I have tried. Still completely likable though, I play a set of 9CBJS1 every day, and enjoy them very much. But actually, as far as I can tell, none of the other brands of split-coil humbucking J I tested were lacking anything notable in the character or bite departments. (someday I will get the sound clips up...). I did avoid the "stacked" J humbies (like Fender noiseless, et al) just because of their reputation for sounding dull.
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  13. Killed_by_Death

    Killed_by_Death Snaggletooth Inactive

    That "dead" coil in there (stacked) just soaks up the responsiveness & dynamics, IME.
  14. fourstringburn

    fourstringburn Supporting Member

    Jun 30, 2009
    New Mexico
    I tried stacked humbuckers then went to side by side humbuckers.

    Both give you hum free tone which is important if you play only 1 pickup or both with one backed down some.

    Seems to me the stacked with 2 thinner coils didn't have as much meat like the 2 larger side by side coils.

    Side by side coils are similar to a P-Bass pickup where basically 1 pickup is split in half and housed into a single pickup.

    Stacked coils are 2 thin coil strips lengthwise housed together.

    One thing I noticed with humbuckers is the tone will seem a bit darker than stock single coils. I compensated some by changing the stock 250k pots to 500k which humbuckers usually need just for that reason.

    EMG, Seymour Duncan, and others make side by side humbuckers and some offer both type.

    Just something to consider.
  15. JeezyMcNuggles

    JeezyMcNuggles Inactive

    Feb 23, 2018
    Santa Maria, CA
    I suck, but nobody notices
  16. jallenbass

    jallenbass Supporting Member Commercial User

    May 17, 2005
    Bend, Oregon
    I do enjoy the sound of a Warwick.
  17. iiipopes

    iiipopes Supporting Member

    May 4, 2009
    These are currently in the forum. I have played, and had friends that played, Carvin pickups. They are decent pickups for the price. The P2 is a standard size, so if you don't like these, there are many manufacturers, from boutique expensive to ebay cheap, to choose from:
    For Sale - Carvin SP2 Soapbar Humbucking Pickups P2
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