Upgrading Pickups!

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by creeping_deth, May 14, 2001.

  1. Hey ya'll,

    I was lookin to upgrade my pickups on my MIM J-Bass to something better. I have to oridginal factory pickups and I want to upgrade to something with better tone, that I don't have to hack apart my body and add new holes or anything. So What are some good pickup systems that you'd recommen, what kinda price range. Have any of you guys done the a pickup up grade on a J bass, if so tell me about it, the more info the better, lata!
  2. rickbass

    rickbass Supporting Member

    creeping - Check out www.bassplayer.com , click on the Gear link at the top of the page and look on the right hand, shaded area for "J Replacement Pickup Shootout." It compares lots of them.

    Note: I cannot recommend the Carvin J pickup over the others.
  3. notduane


    Nov 24, 2000
    ...:rolleyes: shootout

    I ain't upgraded my MIM fretless J (yet ;) ). I was
    thinkin' of gettin' those lipstick tube, Kent Armstrong ones.
    Just to be different :p. They got favorable reviews for tone
    in the current BP. Regardless of what I get, after it's all
    apart I'm gonna' shield the bee-jeebers outta' it :D.
  4. NJXT


    Jan 9, 2001
    Lyon, FRANCE
    creeping_deth : let us know what you choose.
    I'm also looking into pup upgrade on my MIM J.
  5. td1368


    Jan 9, 2001
    I upgraded to Dimarzio Ultra Jazz. I think they were pretty close to what was in my MIJ Jazz Bass. I dunno they didn't knock me out. Although I can play with the neck pickup soloed and can get more tonal variety.