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Replacement Pups for Aerodyne Jazz Basses

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by rob_barbour, Mar 10, 2014.

  1. rob_barbour


    Mar 11, 2013
    Hi All

    Firstly apologies for what is a rather rambling post. I know very little about pickups & electronics, and this post is going to display that ignorance in abundance.

    I've scoured these forums & found some (old) threads about replacement pups for AJB's, but I have a specialised query that I'm guessing the experts here could answer in their sleep.

    As of today, I have 2 AJB's - the standard export model & a non-export model. I'm assuming the pups/cavities/electronics on both are identical - is this correct?


    I play in two bands: a country-folk-punk-fusion band and a more straightforward 'drop D heavy emo' band. With the former, I can occasionally dial in a perfect tone by blending the JB & PB pickups but as anyone who's ever played a stock AJB knows, the stock J-Bass pickup is NOISY AS ALL HELL.

    When playing in the heavier band, I just put the JB pup on 0 and the PB on full. Now I have two to play with my plan was to get a hum-cancelling JB pup for the non-export model and use that in Band 1, then totally overhaul the pups on the export model & use that as my 'RAWK' bass.

    Can you swap out just the J-bass pup, or should all the pups be replaced simultaneously? Assuming the former, can anyone recommend a hum-cancelling JB pup for the non-export and/or a set of complimentary JB/PB pups for the export?

    assuming the latter, I guess I'll be happy to stick with the stock pups on the export & just use the PB on its own, in which case I'm just looking for a decent (and modestly-priced) set of pups for the export. Looking forward to restarting the debate....
  2. rob_barbour


    Mar 11, 2013
    P.S sorry for the terrible pic. Music, I can do. Photography, not so much.
  3. acebase62


    Jun 29, 2010
    My 1985 Jazz Bass Special (PJ bass) came stock with a a single coil jazz pickup that hummed a lot at some places I played or if the tone control was open much.

    I later changed the pickups to a Seymour Duncan SPB-1 vintage P and a STK-J2 hum cancelling J.

    I get a variety of good tones with 500 k volume pots and a Fender TBX tone control.

    Other options you might consider would be a Fender vintage 62 P with a Fender Super 55 J pickup, or Dimarzio Area P and Area J combo.

    I've heard good reports on the Fender Super 55 J as well as the Dimarzio Area J pickups (both hum cancelling).

    I bought a set of the Dimarzio Area Js for a Warmoth JJ project, and hope to have them installed soon.
  4. rob_barbour


    Mar 11, 2013
    I've heard nothing but great things about. Dimarzio; my concern is whether they'll pop straight into the cavities on this thing due to it's sheer wafer-thinness. Or are the pickups kist he same as on any other j-bass?

    I've also heard reports that if you replace one, you have to replace the others to avoid inconsistency of output. I'm having a tech look them over tomorrow and just wanted to arm myself with the collective knowledge of the talkbass hivemind :)