Swapping neck and bridge pickups in a jazz?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by birminghambass, Oct 30, 2005.

  1. birminghambass

    birminghambass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2002
    Birmingham, AL
    Anyone ever tried this? I've got an off brand P+J and I want to relace the pickups. The bridge won't accomodate a normal sized j bridge, however a neck j pu fits perfect. Any experiences or comments on how this would sound? Thanks.
  2. As long as the strings line up fairly close w/the pole pieces you should be fine. I don't think jazz style bridge and neck pickups vary in design other than size and maybe a slight output difference. I believe it's the location of each pickup that gives it the majority of it's tonal character difference ie: bridge p/u is brighter and snappier than the neck p/u because of it's location closer to the bridge.
  3. 4Mal

    4Mal Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    J pickups as a set are generally Reverse Wound / Reverse Polarity. You might have to dink about flipping the leads from the bridge pickup but that's an easy thing to do if you;re handy with a soldering iron.