Your Favorite Jazz Pickups?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by xhawk5, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. Nordstrand

    18 vote(s)
    13.1%
  2. Aero

    7 vote(s)
    5.1%
  3. Delano

    5 vote(s)
    3.6%
  4. DiMarzio

    21 vote(s)
    15.3%
  5. Seymour Duncan

    17 vote(s)
    12.4%
  6. EMG

    9 vote(s)
    6.6%
  7. Aguilar

    9 vote(s)
    6.6%
  8. Bartolini

    9 vote(s)
    6.6%
  9. MEC

    2 vote(s)
    1.5%
  10. Fender

    42 vote(s)
    30.7%
  11. Lindy Fralin

    25 vote(s)
    18.2%
  12. Sadowsky

    2 vote(s)
    1.5%
  13. Lollar

    12 vote(s)
    8.8%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Palm Coast, FL
    Working on a few projects. I know I'll sell em later so I wanted to know what you think are the best pickups for a Jazz bass? NVM the wood, just the electronics. Choose 2 of your favorites.
    Thanks.
     
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  2. Yahboy

    Yahboy

    May 21, 2008
    Fender PV 64 j pup.
     
  3. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Palm Coast, FL
    Thanks to all who have participated.
     
  4. Snaxster

    Snaxster

    Nov 29, 2008
    Hello. Without criteria there can be no "best".

    What are your objectives for sound, function, fitment, appearance, etc.? For example, sonic characteristics, single coil vs. hum canceling, exposed pole pieces or not, and so on.
     
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  5. PawleeP

    PawleeP

    Oct 8, 2012
    East Coast
    one of the all time best replies i have ever seen!
     
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  6. Linnin

    Linnin

    Jul 19, 2012
    Linningrad, Earth
    The new Fender V-Mods are killer and would be my choice.
     
  7. sissy kathy

    sissy kathy Back to Bass-ics Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2014
    Arbutus, MD
    Your percentages on the poll aren't even close.
     
  8. Slater

    Slater Leave that thing alone.

    Apr 17, 2000
    The Great Lakes State
    The new standard is still the old standard. Most Jazz Bass players want ‘60s or ‘70s Jazz Bass tone.
     
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  9. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    How can you NOT have Lollar on this list?
     
  10. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Palm Coast, FL
    Changed thread title. Added Lollar. any others I've missed?
     
  11. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Palm Coast, FL
    I have no objective other than to see what you prefer in a Jazz pickup. Changed thread title to represent that.
     
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  12. Snaxster

    Snaxster

    Nov 29, 2008
    Okay, cool. Thanks. :)


    About a year ago I wrote:

     
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  13. The Chuck

    The Chuck

    Dec 11, 2013
    Wilmington, NC
    The CS60s in my 2012 American Standard are like butter.
     
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  14. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Palm Coast, FL
    Nice! Thanks for the reply. Obviously, Fender is winning this shootout with Nordstrand and DiMarzio a close 2nd and 3rd.
     
  15. ELG60

    ELG60 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2017
    Mid-Florida
    I wanted the sound of a very early jazz bass so I did my research and chose Klein 1962 reproduction vintage jazz pickups: www.kleinpickups.com/c-23-bass-pickups.aspx with switchable stack-knob controls.
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    The point being, as @Snaxster referenced, I would choose different pups for different purposes.
     
  16. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Assuming the goal is for a J bass to sound like a vintage J bass, I am surprised more people didn't go with Duncan
     
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  17. xhawk5

    xhawk5 Supporting Member

    Sep 17, 2007
    Palm Coast, FL
    Actually there is no goal. The bass should sound just like you want it to. But I agree, surprised not to see SD's in there with more votes and all the Fender votes surprised me as well.
    I prefer Active myself and just installed a set of DiMarzio Area J with a Sadowsky preamp in my newest parts build. My next one will accommodate a set of high ohm AERO JB4 type with a Fender CS 60's stacked pot set. The 18 and 19ohm set should get higher output thus not needing a preamp, (I hope), and I can't wait to hear how this will sound...
     
  18. aproud1

    aproud1 Don't surround yourself with yourself. Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2007
    Cincy, OH
    For classic single coils I like pickups from Mojotone.

    For humbukcers the area J's are the best bang for the buck IMO. So many great pickups out there.
     
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  19. +1 great on Am. Original jazz bass:thumbsup:
     
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  20. ugly_bassplayer

    ugly_bassplayer

    Jan 21, 2009
    Québec
    IveI tried about 10 sets of jazz pups in 20 some years. And by far my favorits are the Fender custom shop 60's.