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Replacing my MIM Jazz Pick-Ups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Albini_Fan, Jan 29, 2003.

  1. Albini_Fan

    Albini_Fan Banned

    Jan 26, 2003
    Beneath Below
    I really hate the pick ups in this thing, the tone knob dosn't work at all and I'm not sure the volume knobs do either. Not only that, but the pubs sound like ****. They have no tone at all, and if they did the only word that would describe it would be "Bland". I want to replace them, but I have no know-how or knowledge of pick ups. I have about $100 to spend, and all I really know is that I want kind of a gritty scary tone. Kind of like Big Black's bassist has, maybe I should just sell the Fender and get a T-40.. :\
  2. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Uh, first off, it would be nice to figure out what your "Knobs" do. before you go bashing a perfectly fine bass.
  3. Albini_Fan

    Albini_Fan Banned

    Jan 26, 2003
    Beneath Below
    Well, maybe. I'm not bashing it, I love the bass. Yeah, I just have no idea why the "knobs" (what are they called? They look like knobs, dude. Round turney things? :p) do. But they say Volume and Tone, and they don't raise the volume or change the tone. I'm sorry I have come to such horrible, ignorant conclusions such as that the "VOLUME" knob would do something as farfetched as alter the volume.
  4. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    Um, on Jazz Basses, the volume knob means the output of one pickup.
  5. Albini_Fan

    Albini_Fan Banned

    Jan 26, 2003
    Beneath Below
    Okay, that's nice to know. :oops: Now, do you have anything productive to add? :(
  6. If your volume and tone pots aren't working you should get them fixed before you consider upgrading your pickups.

    There are a world of sounds that you can get out of a Jazz bass with two working pickups, volume pots, tone pot and your hands.
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I think he's being very productive. Their are 2 volume knobs, one for each pick up. If they are both on & you lower one, the overall volume of the bass isn't going to go down, you're shutting off one p/u while leaving one on. If you lover the 2nd one, then the volume of the bass will go down.

    What kind of bass amp are you playing it through?

    Also, some of the MIM jazz basses have different pickup sizes then traditional Jazz pickup's. If both pickups are the same lenght, you will need to do some modification to the pickup hole before adding a new pickup. If this is a newer MIM Jazz, & the p/u that is closer to the bridge is slightly longer than the p/u closest to the neck, any standard Jazz replacement set will fir fine.

    I'd recomend Sadowsky Humcancelling J's. You could get them from www.sadowsky.com & they cost $120.
  8. I know of what you speak, my brother.

    Although you may have to replace the pots, Jazz pickups are kind of bland and weak sounding anyhow, especially in the Mexican Fenders.

    I'm in the process of building myself a custom Jazz right now, and the pickups I'm using are Rio Grande "Muy Grandes". I've had great luck with them in the past. They will definitely put some balls and grit into your tone.

    However, remember that your amp matters in a big way tone-wise, too......
  9. two jazz pickups on together give phase cancellation and although the tone is jazz
    the vol is lower
    it sounds like the pots issue needs to be addressed first and perhaps at the same time as the pickups?
    as stated above mim pickups are not the same size as mia
    but certain pup specialists can accomodate this in their available range.
    has any rewiring or work been done to your bass prior to you buying it.:)
  10. Albini_Fan

    Albini_Fan Banned

    Jan 26, 2003
    Beneath Below
    The pots most have been my other amp, because I got a new amp today and they are working fine. No re-wiring has been done. I got a nice Ampeg combo, which is a step up from what I was using. It wasn't even mine, just some ugly crate thing :(

    I really have no idea what Pups to try.. And I really don't know how i'd go about testing them :(
  11. Darth_Linux


    Oct 12, 2002
    Spokane, WA
    you can get the Fender Original 60's PUPs for about $100 from Angela Music www.angela.com

    they sound nice in a MIM.