Squier Vintage Modified Jazz w Microphonic Pickups

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Quadzilla, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member


    Recently bought one of these (and gave it a mini review here ---> http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?t=444520 ). I really like the bass, but sadly, the factory pickups are microphonic. It's a shame because they have good tone otherwise. In any case, I wanted to see if others out there have the same issue with thier Squire VM Jazz.

    Is this just a problem with mine or are all the VM Jazz pickups like this?
  2. Please explain what you mean. I am a n00b and do not understand this jargon, but I do have a VM Jazz so...
  3. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Take your bare finger and tap it on the plastic pickup cover (don't touch the strings or metal poles on the pickup). Can you hear anything? Is it loud and sound almost like you are tapping a microphone? If so, the pickups are microphonic....
  4. I will check to be certain when I get home, but I believe that when I tap on the pickups with my finger it does sound like tapping a microphone. I just assumed that was normal, is it not?
  5. Buskman


    Apr 13, 2007
    Jersey Shore, USA
    Haven't had any problems with mine... in fact, I thought the Duncan Designed pickups were pretty nice on mine, especially considering the pricepoint.

    I'd see if you can swap the bass out for a different one. It definitely sounds like you got a (rare) lemon there.

    Good luck, Quad!
  6. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    I'd hate to get rid of the whole bass, as the rest of the bass is fine (quite good actually). I just need new pickups. I'm going to take her to my local Fender Service Center and have them swap the pickups for new ones. I won't bother doing this if all of you VM owners out there say that their pickups are also microphonic and do the same thing as that means that even new replacements won't help the issue.

    In that case, I'll just buy a set of aftermarket pups and call it a day ;)
  7. wdinc01


    Nov 19, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    Pardon my ignorance, but what problem does a microphonic pick up pose?

    If any thing, you could turn up lots of distortion and talk into your pick ups! Try it, its fun!
  8. Hansel


    Jan 20, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario

  9. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    So anyone else with one of these basses with microphonic pickups?
  10. Bjazzman


    Dec 7, 2004
    Madison WI
    i tried tapping on the pickups and i noticed a little noise but not when i tap on the body. i checked the same thing with my 1/4 pounder pickups on my p-bass and it was about the same maybe a little quiter. I noticed it was louder on the bridge pickup on the vm. but cool bass none the less.
  11. The only big problem a microphonic pickup poses is feedback. Really. Bad. Feedback. I have an old Teisco guitar with 4 single coil pickups, all un-waxed. If I play it distorted at any significant volume, I have to be at least 15 feet from the amp, facing away.
  12. The Duncan Designed pups on my Squier FVM Fretless compared to my '08' MIA Fender Jazz have little less output, but as far as punchiness goes they deliver pretty close to the '08''s; I have to turn up my amp a little when using the Squier. At the volume my band plays, you really can't tell any difference.;)
  13. ProfGumby


    Jan 15, 2007
    Michigan's U.P.
    It is not hard to wax/pot pickups......or swap em.....

    As to the VM Jazz, I must have played a rare one because that bass kicked the snot out of an Active Ibanez on the same amp, same day, same store.

    Both had the volume rolled all the way up and the tone in the basement on the bass, same settings on the amp, and the shop owner fiddled with the EQ to see if the Ibby could be louder....

    The VM won hands down and was the same as one Areodyne and one MIA Fender....
  14. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Others with a VM Jazz, please chime in and let us know if your pickups are microphonic or not. ;)
  15. Roadman


    Mar 26, 2008
    My vm jazz is scheduled to arrive on July 8. I'll check it out and let you know.

    I didn't notice it on the two I played in the store, but I spent most of the time test driving them unplugged. Are you having feedback issues or something, or is it just bugging you in general?
  16. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Bueller, Bueller, Bueller......anyone????? :smug:
  17. SpaceYourBass


    Aug 28, 2007
    I just tried it on my VMJ, and yes, if I tap the pups it makes a thud sound. I never noticed this before this thread though, so its never been a problem.

    Someone said the problem with these pickups is the feedback. I've never had that problem, but then again my amp is not that nice/loud compared to what most have.

    I might change the pups after I get a new amp, but I'm going to wait to see if there's any feedback of course. I'd bet that there won't be.

    Has anyone put any new pups on their VMJ that improved the quality of sound? What were the new ones?
  18. I have a feeling my bridge PUP on my VM Fretless is :(

    Its WAY noisier (is that how you spell it?) than the bridge pup when it's tapped and it does sound like a mic being tapped...

    Though I don't get any feedback from my amp...Hmm.
  19. Falkner


    Mar 5, 2008
    My VMJ pickups don't make any noise at all when I tap them
  20. DougD

    DougD Bassman7654

    Sep 19, 2002
    North Las Vegas NV
    Mine are a little micro phonic too, but it has not caused me ANY problems. I have had the bass for a while now and it sounds and plays great :) I put in a Audere pre, neck pickup cover, and have a Hipshot D-tuner on the way:) I've got less than $500 in it and I would put it up against ANY jazz bass out there :) Right now I have it strung up as a tenor bass, but when the d-tuner gets here I'm slappin on a set of Fatbeams:) Literally :)

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