Which pickups to keep in my Fender JB RI 75'? (stock vs Fender CS 60', demo inside)

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by SimonQwerty, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. Fender 75 reissue pickups (the stock ones)

    19 vote(s)
  2. Fender Custom shop 60'

    13 vote(s)
  1. SimonQwerty


    Jul 24, 2012
    Hey everybody!
    I'm curious what do you bass people think about such a replacement for Fender American 75' jazz bass reissue. The stock 70' style set or Fender Custom Shop 60' fits better?

    There's plenty of manufactures of J pickup models but I'm not going to make another purchase to upgrade the electronics. Both sets are cool to my ear and CS 60' one was just a seller's bonus to that bass. So why not to try both ;)

    I've made a video to show up the difference:

  2. I'd go with the stock ones. The CS 60's sound a bit scooped in comparison.
  3. GigJones


    Jun 10, 2009
    Like Salamenster states above; I'd stay with the stock pickups.

    Nice playing BTW.
  4. bassdude51

    bassdude51 "You never even called me by my name." Supporting Member

    Nov 1, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Both pickups, the 60s CS and the '75 reissue are excellent pickups! I've got 2 Jazz Basses with each set.

    The 60s are a wee bit tamer in output and tone and also having a little better definition and yes, somewhat scooped but still an excellent sounding pickup that compares up there with Fralin, Antiquity and Aero.

    The '75 set sounds more like the way we think of a Jazz Bass sounding (yeah, what does that mean?). It's a little bit richer and fuller through the mids.

    But really, in a "blind taste test", I doubt if most of us could tell the difference.

    Both the Fender 60s CS and '75 reissue J Bass pickups are excellent pickups and reasonably priced. No need to pay the big bucks for excellent J Bass sound!
  5. SimonQwerty


    Jul 24, 2012
    Gentlemen, thank you for the input! I guess I agree with you. Stock pickups sound a bit more balanced in this particular bass with these particular strings. However as you can see, poll results give not that obvious picture ;)
  6. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    hi, Simon!

    i was shopping for pups last year and saw your excellent comparison video on YT. i ended up buying the CS60's and love them,... thanks!:)
  7. SimonQwerty


    Jul 24, 2012
    Wow, that's great! I'm always glad to be helpful. :D
  8. great video! now if only some pickup maker could nail what an actual old fender pickup sounds like which is the airy highs of the custom shop 60's and some of the midrange grind of the 75 ri set, id be a happy man.
  9. This is true, a casual listener prob couldn't tell the difference.

    I have both sets and I find the 75's have a more vocal upper mids while the 60's have chubby lower mids.

    Having said that, I wonder about the new Fender 74' pickups.
  10. Blue Blood

    Blue Blood Inactive

    Feb 20, 2012
    Associate to Scomel Basses
    Cool video. I preferred the stock one's as well. What is the difference? The stock have plain enamel wire with a different amount of winds compared to the 60's probably having heavy formvar?
  11. bluewine

    bluewine Inactive

    Sep 4, 2008
    Keep whatever pick ups the bass came with, their in there for a reason. Basses are not made to be hi-jacked or frankensteined.

  12. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    :eek:,... you're kidding, right?!!
  13. SimonQwerty


    Jul 24, 2012
    Thanks, man!
    Theoretically there should be nothing difficult in recreation of vintage pickups. A pickup is just like a microphone, it should deliver the tone of the bass itself. I think that midrange grind is a feature of the dried and shaped away back wood of vintage instruments what is really a tough matter to recreate.
    If I could catch a true vintage Fender (from 70') in a good condition, I'd be a happy man ;)
  14. SimonQwerty


    Jul 24, 2012
    Sorry, I have no idea. Hope someone else here knows the answer...
  15. SimonQwerty


    Jul 24, 2012
    I've modified about eight or ten basses and every person who has played the bass before and after my mods
    was impressed by the changes. In a good way.