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Squier VM Jag bass

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by Natman, Jan 13, 2014.

  1. Natman


    Oct 22, 2013
    Hey guys,

    Newbie here with a VM Jaguar looking to upgrade pickups. I have had lots of experience swapping pickups in guitars over the years but this is my first bass. I generally find high(er) end pickups are well worth the investment. While the stock Duncan Designed are ok (especially the P which is not half bad) I'm sure I can do better.

    First off, I HATE the J hum. Somehow the 60 Hz background seems more acceptable in a guitar. I like the J tone but I'm not a purist, so what's out there?

    I already bought a Sentell Jazz Blade off ebay, mainly because it looks cool. It has an alnico 3 bar magnet, but it still a single coil. Tone is fine (better than the stock ceramic DD), but output is too low for the hot P in the neck. Which brings me to my second point:

    Is there a good P/J set with a silent J with balanced output?

    I (briefly) considered Alumitones because I think chrome would look boss and they're totally silent, but reviews are mixed and they're getting hard to find, not to mention pricey.

    This is a low end bass obviously and my chops are nothing to write home about yet, but I love modding and I hear the improvements even if no one else does. What do you recommend? I'm not ready to drop big money on Fralins for example. The pickups would equal what I paid for the bass!
  2. Cadfael


    Jan 4, 2013
    Germany, EU
    Mearsure the J Pu!!!
    Squier sometimes uses neck sized Js for the bridge position!
    You find the inch measurements of neck and bridge on the SD website and other sites.
    Check your J PU! Does it have neck or bridge size?

    Well ...
    The DiMarzio PJ set has been a classic set for nearly 40 years ...
    Maybe you need to take the P plus a neck J to fit your Squier bass ...
  3. h2otorched


    Jun 21, 2014
    I installed EMG's P/J set into a 78 MusicMan Sabre Bass, and I loved the sound.
    Preferred it to the original MM pups. Dead quiet, balanced between pups. Hifi!
  4. Hopkins

    Hopkins Supporting Member Commercial User

    Nov 17, 2010
    Houston Tx
    Owner/Builder @Hopkins Guitars
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  5. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    I put a P/J set from Bill Lawrence in my VM Jaguar. The pickups have great tone, well balanced between P and J, quiet (no hum on either pickup), and an incredible bargain, IMHO. FWIW, the J pickup routing is for a bridge sized pickup, not neck sized, so P/J set will work (unlike other Squier models). My bass is the one with two stacked knobs (V/T V/T).

    The set is a P46 and J45 Bridge.

    I have gotten a lot of compliments on the tone of this bass with these pups. Highly recommended.

  6. parsons


    Feb 22, 2008
    For the money, you can NOT beat the Dimarzio Model P/J matched set. Split coil J to eliminate the hum. Sounds awesome.
  7. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    +1 on the DiMarzios. I wouldn't say you can't do better, but they are well worth the price.
  8. INTP


    Nov 28, 2003
    Dallas, TX
    The Bill Lawrence set is only a few dollars more, FWIW. Also well worth the price.