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Weird pickups on a supposed '64 jazz

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Levin S, Mar 22, 2013.

  1. Levin S

    Levin S

    Apr 21, 2007
    Charlotte N.C.

    A local music store put this photo up of a bass they had just acquired and my curiosity peaked. They claim it to be a 1964 Jazz. It is obviously a refin with a Badass bridge, but check out the pickups!! I'm counting 9 poles lol

    Anyone know what type of pickups these are?
  2. Levin S

    Levin S

    Apr 21, 2007
    Charlotte N.C.
    Here's the only other photo posted...

  3. ruifgalmeida


    Jul 29, 2012
    dont think the body is a american Fender or fender at all. how much does we wants for the bass?
  4. Levin S

    Levin S

    Apr 21, 2007
    Charlotte N.C.
    I thought the same thing man lol! He hasn't posted a price, so I can't say for certain, but I'll update if I hear.
  5. tink9975


    Aug 10, 2006
    MoCo, MD
    They look like Wilde (Bill Lawrence) J-45 PUs to me
  6. Levin S

    Levin S

    Apr 21, 2007
    Charlotte N.C.
    By George I think you've got it!!

    I love this site!
  7. Brams77


    Jun 30, 2009
    My god those are 5 string jazz pickups, who would do such a thing!!!!
    That is infact a 60s jazz but the pickups and routs are f€&@&€ with prolly the pots and controle cavity will be mangled with aswell.
    Then again if it sounds real Nice it might be worth restoring...
  8. tink9975


    Aug 10, 2006
    MoCo, MD
    these are standard jazz size pickups (4 string) but due to the pole arrangement they can be used on 5s and some narrow 6s
    (assuming they are the J45 PUs)
  9. pickguard isn't original either, it's too "specky" and dark, that's from the late sixties, early seventies.
  10. Rip Topaz

    Rip Topaz

    Aug 12, 2005
    Willow Street, PA
    Beta tester for Positive Grid
    It looks like the neck at least is intact, or at least doesn't look like a mismatched pile of parts.

    On the other hand, if someone took the time to mod it this much, it's a player.
  11. Dragan


    Oct 5, 2009
    never seen something like that. 9 poles?
  12. tink9975


    Aug 10, 2006
    MoCo, MD
    I don't think I am wrong, if they were standard 5 string PUs, they would have 10 poles (2 per string) not the 9 that these PUs have.

    assuming these are the J-45 pick-ups (and I'm not aware of any other equally spaced 9 pole Jazz pu, correct me if I am wrong) the website that I linked above lists the dimensions as:

    Neck: Bridge:
    Width: 0.73" Width: 0.73"
    Length: 3.55" Length: 3.71"
    Depth: 0.83" Depth: 0.83"

    Which are pretty close to the standard 4 string Jazz PU size.

    Also from the site:
    The J-45 set offers Bill's multi-pole piece system for 4 string, 5 and some narrow 6 string Jazz Bass instruments. His airgap noisefree design for the jazz bass replacement comes standard with pole pieces at a slight stagger to accommodate most neck radius. Flush pole pieces are available per request which may require additional wait time.
  13. Levin S

    Levin S

    Apr 21, 2007
    Charlotte N.C.
    I'm with ya Tink, I think they are the Lawrence pickups for sure,
  14. JBFLA

    JBFLA Roscoe FANatic

    Apr 8, 2003
    Jupiter FLA
    I don't think so either. Here's my Hoyt:


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