Removing the j on a P/J bass

Discussion in 'Hardware, Setup & Repair [BG]' started by Eilif, Nov 11, 2001.

  1. Eilif

    Eilif Grooving under the MDW runway.

    Oct 1, 2001
    I have heard alot of people removing/turning off/disconecting the j pickup on squire and MIM P/J basses. Is the J pickup that useless? I was curious about this, because I hate the look of a P/J, and was wondering if their is a logical reason to hate it besides my asthetic point of view.
  2. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    On most "budget" basses (like MIM Fenders & Squiers) with P/J pickups, the P and J pickups aren't matched-up very well. The J pickup is usually much weaker, which causes a very noticeable difference in output when switching between the P and J pickups. Also, when the wimpy J pickup is blended with the P pickup, it seems like the J pickup sucks the tone away from the P pickup, and you get an odd out-of-phase sound from the blended pickups.

    I had the problems mentioned above with a Squier Pro-Tone 4-string. I replaced both pickups with a matched P/J set of (active) Seymour Duncan Lightnin' Rods, which cured all of the pickup problems.