Standard vs Vintage J Pickups

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by lowendpurveyor, Nov 21, 2003.

  1. I'm just curious to know how you guys would describe the difference (in terms of tone and output) between the standard J bass pickups and the vintage J pickups that come with the new Fender standard J bass models. I'm also interested in how they actually differ including winding and the number of turns etc. I've got a MIM Jazz and was wondering whether it is worth replacing the pickups.
  2. The vintage are typically lower output, and less brazen in the mids.

    I replaced the stock 2001 MIM P-bass pickup with a Duncan Hot for P. Much louder, tone similar to turning the Mids control all the way up. Not for me, so I replaced it with a DiMarzio DP146. I still seem to have a lot of mids, but not as much as the Duncan. The DP146 is not as overwound as the Duncan.

    If you have a pre-2001 MIM, be sure to verify the pickup sizes before buying. The older MIM used a non-standard size pickup, and require routing out the body to accept a standard sized J pickup.