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FDP Forum / Fender Bass Guitars and Bass Amps / J-bass pups

bongo122819

usa

All I need is one more guitar
Sep 21st, 2017 01:32 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My MIM J-bass (2005) has decent pups but the low E/F sounds a bit flubby, and the higher notes in the 5-8 fret range can be a bit uneven.
Would a change of pups- say, a loaded Seymour Duncan pickguard- be a significant upgrade or is this more of a body/neck thing ?

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Sep 22nd, 2017 07:18 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

While there are better pickups, one could never go wrong with Seymour Duncan pickups. Have you tried Lowering the pickups on your bass a little at a time and see if it helps. You may even need to have one end slightly lower than the other.

edmonstg

Newberg, Oregon

Fender...never say never.
Sep 23rd, 2017 06:09 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Duncan makes great pickups. Buy with confidence. Over the years I have especially enjoyed their Antiquity series, but am not sure if they make these for Jazz basses.

I must also tell you as a red flag item that I have had the experience (like so many players on this forum) that you can put yourself and bass through all the production that goes in to replacing pickups only to find (when the smoke clears) that the original pickups work better than the replacements.

On the other hand, I have never had this happen to me with SDs. Luck of the draw I guess.

George

Bubbalou

USA

THE LOW END OF UPPER TEJAS
Sep 29th, 2017 08:59 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Yes, they make them for Jazz Bass. Below is a video of a Jazz Bass with Antiquity II's.
One of our sponsors, Sweetwater sells them as does Amazon.

Seymour Duncan Antiquity II Jazz bass pickups

Danny Nader

usa

You should have been there!
Oct 1st, 2017 12:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You can never go wrong w/ pickups from Seymour. Never! George makes a valid point. Sometimes it's possible to go down a deep hole to discover that the bass sounded best w/ the original pickups.

Having said that, I'll repeat: The Seymour Duncan pickups will almost always be an upgrade. Sometime the difference is subtle, sometimes it's huge. It's not always about the difference being very dramatic. I've never been disappointed w/ Seymour replacements.

Danny

dg27

Long Island City, NY

Oct 11th, 2017 02:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Although I have various great SD's in several basses, including my '87 MIJ Squier Jazz, my tech encouraged me to check out DiMarzio Model Js. I love those so much that I put Model Ps in my '76 P.

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