Time to change P.U. jazz bass, any inputs?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by TubeMaker, Apr 10, 2012.

  1. TubeMaker

    TubeMaker Guest

    Jan 30, 2011
    Hello masters, I want to change Fender Jazz highway one P.U.
    How sound the lindy fralin?

    I'm looking for a deep open modern sound. I don't want too much vintage or muddy.

    Are Lindy Fralin that way?
    I'd like to get a real improvement :p

    Thank you!
  2. jwj1701


    Nov 17, 2011
    Lexington KY
    A lot of folks on TB like the fralin pups. I have no experience with them but just thought I'd caution you to double check and see if they're compatible with the fender grease bucket electronics. You might possibly need to change more than the pups.
  3. BassBob1


    Dec 21, 2010
    The grease bucket is just the an extra capacitor, no need to worry about compatibility.
  4. otherclef

    otherclef Guest

    Aug 10, 2011
    SD antiquity 2 pups are bad ass..
  5. M.Mannix3


    Jun 12, 2010
    If it sounds funny with the greasebucket, you can always "de-grease" your circuit. It's just a few capacitors and maybe a resistor or two.

    I've heard great things about Fralins but have no personal experience. I thought they were supposed to be vintage style though, so you might not like them.
  6. people seem to think going from one single coil to another is going to make some huge drastic improvement in tone.

    a pickups is just a microphone to your bass, yielding its own slight coloration to the overall picture.

    the stock pickups are fine for modern as they are pretty darn bright. Lindy's are all about vintage.

    If you want a modern tone, you have the wrong bass.
  7. funkingroovin

    funkingroovin Conquering A-D-D,and all the other notes as well!

    Apr 19, 2009
    I have Fralins in 6 basses-P,J,and P/J..They're my favorite because(to my ears)they offer the best passive coverage of tones ranging from vintage to modern. They're also quite responsive to how much or little you "dig in" when playing. The J p'ups are all single coil,and I've never had an issue with static hiss or the dreaded 60 cycle hum.

    I also have SeyDunc 1/4lb'rs(split-P's)[hot],Kent Armstrong single coil J's[very hot],and Luther Lee P/J's[very similar to the Fralins],all of which are great p'ups,but not quite as versatile as the Fralins IMO..

    But if you're looking for the modern tone/attack of a Stingray,just get the Stingray...
  8. TubeMaker

    TubeMaker Guest

    Jan 30, 2011
    Ok I go for fralin on jazz and then I wil get a stingray for the modern story.
    I will give the bass to a luthier so can you tell me other mods to do?
    What's the capacitor mod?

    Thank you
  9. depalm


    Apr 22, 2004
    São Paulo
    Modern? J-Retro preamp.