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Single Coil P + Jazz Bridge?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by David2501, Feb 18, 2018.


  1. David2501

    David2501

    Aug 6, 2017
    I've poked around and didn't find a lot about this, but has anyone run a set up with an old school P pickup with a jazz pickup on the bridge? Basically like a PJ, but theoratically it would eliminate hum (not my primary concern honestly).
    Would the pickups be out of balance?
    Any thoughts/ideas on this?
     
  2. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    i suppose it could "work" in that they'd be reasonably balanced volume-wise and if wound right would hum-cancel together.

    i don't see the advantage over a regular jazz bass setup though.
     
  3. David2501

    David2501

    Aug 6, 2017
    Would it be able to retain it's P character?
     
  4. walterw

    walterw Supportive Fender Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 20, 2009
    alpha-music.com
    if you mean single-coil P, which is way different from a regular split-coil P, then sure, of course.

    to my ear the single coil P is mostly a barkier, more spiky neck J sound.
     
  5. David2501

    David2501

    Aug 6, 2017
    That's kind of what I'm going for, single coil P in the place of a jazz neck pickup. It'd give me some more edge to that sound I'd think
     
  6. reddog

    reddog Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Philly burbs
    often wondered - for looks reasons - about 2 single coils, with reversed whatever to combat hum. been done a couple times. not sure of the result.
     
  7. David2501

    David2501

    Aug 6, 2017
    The idea is primarily cosmetic, but having the old school P sound would definitely be a unique addition I'd think.
     
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  8. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie

    Mar 24, 2006
    NoVA
    That would be interesting, but I think that you should find either the P or bridge pickup reverse-wound of the other. The noise of both pickups will double and it will be unbrearable.
    You may have to get a custom wound set...or find a bridge-sized reverse wound jazz pickup...some companies, like Kiesel use the same size jazz pickup for neck and bridge position, and reverse-wind the neck pickup and label it so....you can still use it in the bridge position since the cover is the same size.
     
  9. David2501

    David2501

    Aug 6, 2017
    That's a smart reminder I wouldn't have thought of otherwise, thanks!
    Not sure when exactly I'll come through with this idea, but it's one that's been on my mind for a little while now.
     
  10. Of course several makers (Fralin and Seymour IIRC) offer humbucking pickups in the original single coil early Precision shape. I've always wondered what a Jazz setup using two of those old school P pickups would sound like.
     

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