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Reed James RJ Neo Vintage Vibe Jazz pickups review

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by shrigg, Dec 5, 2013.


  1. shrigg

    shrigg Beta Tester for AudioKinesis Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Traverse City, MI
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    These are the best Jazz pickups I've ever heard. Great articulation and punch and totally noiseless. I've never found a true noiseless pickup that did not have some sort of tonal sacrifice until these came along. Check out the video for soundclips and my full review.

    One thing to note is that the current production models are not oversize like mine are. So fitting into a vintage pickguard will not be tight like it was for me. Anyway here they are:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lje1jWUkAeU

    Enjoy!

    :bassist:
     
  2. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Would love to compare these to DiMarzio Area J's, which are noiseless singles that sacrifice nothing. I love Neo pickups though...mainly SGD :)

    What DID you directly compare these to?
     
  3. shrigg

    shrigg Beta Tester for AudioKinesis Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Traverse City, MI
    I had Area J's with 500K pots and it's no comparison. In fact the Area J's are the very noiseless pickups I was referring to when I mentioned tone sacrifice. To my ear they lost the true singlecoil sweetness. The RJ Neo's retain the sweet organic character of the original gray bottom Fender single coils but add a hi fi dimension that is amazing. They are much more dynamic with nicely extended highs. I'm sure they would really impress with a preamp.
     
  4. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    Great review I was not familiar with the brand.
     
  5. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
    I have nothing but positive experiences with Reed James. Great products and customer service.
     
  6. Grissle

    Grissle

    May 17, 2009
    So these are $450-$500 for the set?
     
  7. shrigg

    shrigg Beta Tester for AudioKinesis Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2007
    Traverse City, MI
    They are a LOT less expensive than that... Pricing info is here on the Reed James site: http://reedjamescustom.com/id46.html

    In my opinion they are a steal. These pickups are really something special!
     
  8. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    They do sound good! $225 a set. Not cheap, but I've seen worse :)
     
  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I love the sound of these pups I was thinking about some SDG's but these are really nice and quiet love it.
     
  10. MarkA

    MarkA *** Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Very interested in these pups.
     
  11. MarkA

    MarkA *** Supporting Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    Talked with James Reed on the phone. Got a set of these -- sort of -- coming in. By "sort of" I mean that my bass is a P/J, not a J/J. It's my beloved main player and these will be auditioning to replace the EMGs that have been there ever since I've had the bass (when I was 15!). Will post up my impressions here or in another thread when they're installed.
     
  12. atom1962

    atom1962 Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    Indianapolis. indiana
    i put Reed James RJ Neo Vintage Vibe Jazz pickups in my jazz , and my bass sound fantastic.......paid 180 for a set, i have tried other pickups, his is absolutely the BEST...
    so i ordered a set for my a custom J/J for my Fodera..fantastic upgrade.
    now i am waiting to replace pup in my p bass.....
     
  13. Well, I finally got my pickups... Haven't had a chance to try them yet. I will not be ordering from him again, even if they sound incredible. I like a more respectful and honest way to deal with customers.
     
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  14. gospel jazz

    gospel jazz Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2011
    Endorsements: LoPhat bass cabs, Regenerate Guitar Works, Honeybadger Pickups, Darkhorse strings, Ergo Straps and Intex cables.
    image. image. I've dealt with James a very long time. While there is a wait sometimes, he is a one man shop. I currently own seven sets, of different configurations, and had to wait for about two of them. One, was when he was hospitalized. His pups are nothing short of amazing. If you haven't heard them, you need to. He has a new set of splitblades that are phenomenal. Keep an eye out for release dates. Oh yeah, they have an option of coming in wood covers :) Pictured are:
    Walnut/Birch and Walnut/Birch/Walnut
    The bottom is a J/MM (splitblade/humbucker)
     
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  15. devo1

    devo1

    May 6, 2010
    I wouldn't know how these sound... I bought a pair of VVN pickups 13 months ago. They still haven't arrived. The lead time was originally quoted to me as two weeks. I've talked to James many times every which way, every time we chatted he doesn't know anything about my order but promises he will send them next week. He even created a shipping label to make my grievance to Paypal go away. Unfortunately, six months after that, I still don't have my pickups. Finally asked for a return and Jim has gone dead silent.

    Please buy form a more reputable business!
     
  16. mmbongo

    mmbongo Chicken Pot Pie. My three favorite things!! Supporting Member

    Yes Reed James seems to have taken a nose dive straight into a crash & burn. Is he even still in business?? Don't see how he can be at this point.
     
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  17. wcriley

    wcriley

    Apr 5, 2010
    Western PA
    Moderators: It's time for a sticky warning people about this guy!
     
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  18. gospel jazz

    gospel jazz Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2011
    Endorsements: LoPhat bass cabs, Regenerate Guitar Works, Honeybadger Pickups, Darkhorse strings, Ergo Straps and Intex cables.
    He's done that to me several times. Paypal even ruled in his favor, smh!!
     
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