What setting do you use on your jazz bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jackcrow, Jun 10, 2020.

  1. Both pickups all the way up

    156 vote(s)
  2. Neck pickup only

    20 vote(s)
  3. Bridge pickup only

    5 vote(s)
  4. Neck pickup 100%, bridge rolled off slightly

    104 vote(s)
  5. Bridge pickup 100%, neck pickup rolled off slightly

    52 vote(s)
  6. Series mode

    15 vote(s)
  7. Trade in your carrots for a P Bass

    14 vote(s)
  1. Jackcrow

    Jackcrow Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2017
    North Dakota
    How do you use your pickups on your jazz or jazz style bass? Both on full? One or the other? Some sort of mix? I’m imagining that most people run them with both pickups up all the way, but maybe not. I’ve also modded some to have a series/parallel switch, which I plan on doing to the Fender American Original 70’s Jazz I just got. What’s your preference?
  2. Yogi Bear

    Yogi Bear

    Aug 14, 2000
    I need an all the above option... :bassist:
  3. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Generally start everything on full, roll off the bridge pickup as necessary for taste.
  4. Elusive1


    Jun 21, 2018
    Generally neck or bridge individually for different songs

    With my stacked-knob Jazz, I have an additional unique setting:
    Neck volume full on
    Neck tone full on
    Bridge volume full on
    Bridge tone full off
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  5. Bent77


    Mar 6, 2013
    Desert, Colorado
    6 of 7

    so, the answer is 42
  6. My go-to settings at church:

    1. Both pickups full, tone 25% on
    2. Neck full, bridge 50% on, tone 25% on
    3. Both pickups full, tone 100% on
    4. Neck full, bridge 50% on, tone 100%

    TI Jazz Flats on my VM Fretless Jazz. Works for every single song in the church band and sounds fantastic
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  7. JRB

    JRB Supporting Member

    Oct 21, 2003
    Oakland, CA
    For me 90% of the time both full tone around 20%. But really where I place the tone depends on the room and how dead my strings are.
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  8. JvJazz83


    Aug 6, 2017
    Neck at 75% bridge at zero. Tone at about 25%. Gives me a nice warm (wooly) tone.
    Crank the bridge PU for more grind/attack.
    Works ok on my squier JV.
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  9. M0ses


    Sep 11, 2009
    Los Angeles
    I have a mix knob instead of two volumes. I use it full neck, full mix, and full bridge. Forget about any in-between positions entirely, I would be just as happy with a three way switch. I will occasionally roll off on the tone knob but it's usually wide open.
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  10. Only had it for a couple of weeks and still experimenting, but I default to both then adjust from there depending on the song. So far for the "disco" sound mostly bridge, struck closer to the bridge as well, tone pretty low. For other stuff, e.g. rock, I roll the bridge off a bit.

    Also when you all say x% I take it you mean x% by volume, not x% on the dial? In terms of db the pots on my new MIM fender player jazz feel like they go from 100% at 12 o'clock to 1% at 10 o'clock, the rest of the clock being completely useless.
  11. I use the tone knob to accent the loss of bass from running the neck pickup at 75%. Tone knob is usually almost at 0. I don't like the sound of both pickups on full, and if your want a really full tone get a P instead. I don't use the Js live much and the fretless one used most is a P/J.
  12. JvJazz83


    Aug 6, 2017
    I meant 75% on the dial, or about 3 O'clock if that makes more sence to you.;)
    This is playing in a not-to-loud country/ americana band.
    For more loud stuff I might crank the neck PU, as well as the bridge. But I hardly ever use both fully open, as that, combined with my GK MB200 scoops out all the mids.
  13. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass.

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Neck pickup only, tone knob adjusted frequently in the set for song.
  14. laristotle

    laristotle Inactive

    Sep 22, 2015
    Great White North
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  15. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    I’ve been recording a lot lately and have confirmed what I’ve read over the years. I usually start full on but will slowly begin to dial back either the neck or the bridge depending on the general sound I’m going for. This seems to add more mids back into my tone and it greatly helps in letting you sit better in the mix.
  16. okabass


    Mar 19, 2005
    I use three main settings.
    1. Kind of neutral setting: both full.
    2. To get thick sound with definition: neck PU full, bridge PU turned a bit down (some 1/6)
    3. To get clear sound with thickness: bridge full, neck turned down a bit.
    I also use the tone control.
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2020
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  17. chuck65

    chuck65 Supporting Member

    Jun 6, 2010
    Orange Park FL.
    I run all knobs dimed and let the rack make sense of the rest! LOL !!
    Last edited: Jun 11, 2020
  18. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I've never liked the sound of a bridge pickup so I'm a neck pickup only player.

    My favorite J shaped thing is my Warmoth using a single SCPB style pickup in it's usual position.
  19. Jackcrow

    Jackcrow Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2017
    North Dakota
    I find it interesting that the leading poll choice is neck pickup on full, bridge rolled off slightly. This is probably my "favorite" setting on a jazz but I wouldn't have guessed that it would be the most popular.
  20. Bridge pickup and tone are always a 100%. Neck pickup is usually around 90% but I do mess with the neck pickup volume depending on what I’m playing. Sometimes I’ll even roll the neck pickup all the way off for more of a Jaco type of vibe. But yeah with my jazz the bass actually sounds fullest with the neck pickup backed off just a hair. I’m guessing it’s a phase thing or something.
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