Squier VM Jazz 70's - What pick ups did you mod up to?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chinjazz, Dec 31, 2014.

  1. Hey Fellow Bass players!

    I just got a very cool Squier VM Jazz 70's bass (3 Tone Sunburst, Maple board, with black blocks & bindings).

    It's got stock everything (Duncan Designed PUs)....

    I'm digging it very much but am so used to 60's jazz pick ups (Fender, and Aguilar).

    These Duncans are louder and different in ways that are hard to describe. I'm liking them but
    think I'll experiment with other pickups. Ones that may be more "natural" or like the 60's era

    Q: What pick ups did you mod up (or sideways) to ?

    Thanks, and hope you all have a great New Year and 2015!!

    Last edited: Jan 1, 2015
  2. inate_hex


    Apr 4, 2010
    Manchester, England
    I occasionally wet the bed.
    I've just upgraded the pickups in my MIM Jazz bass to the cs 60's pickups. I'm happy with them. Sound exactly how I like a jazz to sound.
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  3. Sounds like we might have similar tastes in Jazz basses. I got a MIM 60's Jazz last year that has become my measuring stick in a way.

    This Squire is so fun to play though!

    I might get a set of CS 60's or drop in a set of the AG 4J 60s since I already have a set in my franken Jazz.
  4. nerkoids


    Jan 3, 2014
    I have the post 2013 version of the VM 70s Jazz (with Fender designed pups, not the DDs), and I'm not sure if I'm really missing anything. Just changing the control plate and pots have really opened up my sound. Those mini 250k Alphas seem to sap a bit of their power.
  5. I hadn't heard those pickups/pots and don't know what's in my bass yet, but loudness or power isn't lacking on mine. I'm under the impression that the DD's on my bass are the dominant factor in the combination of things, but I could try out some 250 CTS and an orange drop cap.
  6. nerkoids


    Jan 3, 2014
    You could simply replace them with full size Alpha pots, like I did, and it would make a difference.

    I did try both a DD and a Fender Designed 70s VM Jazz. The Fender ones are hotter. Way deeper bass response to them as well.
  7. Cool! I hadn't heard the Fenders were deeper, but knowing my AG's are basically 60's PUs they are deeper.
    I'll definitely consider the full size Alphas, thanks!

    This neck is so comfortable, however the protective coating is thin (not the glossy one).
    Knowing me I'll tweak that also (hehe).
  8. nerkoids


    Jan 3, 2014
    Here's a sound demo of the stock pups on my VM:
    https://www.dropbox.com/s/y9d8osyj9xjhmy1/vapour lock.mp3?dl=0
  9. vmabus


    Nov 1, 2013
    Just ordered Wilkinson Alnico Vs for my Standard ($60!!).
  10. What are they like?
  11. nerkoids


    Jan 3, 2014
    Yep, GHS Precisions. A little bit of foam at the bridge.
  12. vmabus


    Nov 1, 2013
    Don't know yet, but they are well reviewed. For the price, I'll take the risk to see.
  13. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    Recently, I put a set of Classic Vibe pickups into an older Squier Standard Jazz. I wanted to recapture the surprisingly excellent sound I got from a CV-J I had earlier this year. (Wait! It's after midnight! Make that…last year! :woot:) It does sound a little bit better, so maybe I should take a page out of nerkoids book and upgrade to pots to match.
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  14. JPeeBass


    Dec 14, 2014
    San Diego
    Greetings Y'all.
    I'm new to the world of Jazz basses. I recently acquired a Squier Classic Vibe 70's Jazz bass and I must say I wasn't impressed with the sound/tone I was getting. I replaced the stock pickups with Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Jazz pickups (both bridge and neck) and I am still not impressed with the sound/tone.
  15. Hey Folks,

    I did some more searching on the TB bass forms and found other threads that were relevant.

    Search for "Tricked out Squier Club"

    Other Squires are in the threads but you can find VM jazzes also.
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  16. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL
    Not meaning to be a spelling troll, but if you search on "squier" vs "squire" you may get better results.

    I picked up a VM Jaguar fiver off Craigslist last week and love it. The J pup sounds great but not the P, and will replace it soon.
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  17. marko138


    May 24, 2013
    Perry County PA
    My VM Jazz with the DD pups had 500k mini pots. I just swapped them out a few days ago for 250k CTS pots. Took off some of the high end zing the bass had with the stockers. Honestly I liked the zing it had, I threw these in b/c I had them laying around and wanted to see if there was a difference.

    There was, albeit slight. The bass sounds very good as is. And sounded good before.

    In fact, I did a quick time lapse of the work:


  18. Thanks for the spelling help.. I can't seem to spell it right.. Correcting now... :)
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  19. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL
    I bet if you did a word count on Talkbass of Squier and Squire, Squire would win.