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 Post subject: Fender american jazz bass pickup upgrade
PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 10:31 am 
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Hi,

I have a fender usa jazz bass (the one with the button in the neck pickup volume knob), and I have found that my bridge pick up has moved on to a better place. :cry:

I have tried to find advice for a possible upgrade for my bass, but there is not much help out there.

To replace my existing pickups will cost £70, and some seymours will cost £100. Does anyone have any experience in upgrading their pickups and what would you recommend?

Cheers,

Rob


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 Post subject: Re: Fender american jazz bass pickup upgrade
PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 11:16 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Fender american jazz bass pickup upgrade
PostPosted: Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:14 pm 
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cactus128 wrote:
Hi,

I have a fender usa jazz bass (the one with the button in the neck pickup volume knob), and I have found that my bridge pick up has moved on to a better place. :cry:

I have tried to find advice for a possible upgrade for my bass, but there is not much help out there.

To replace my existing pickups will cost £70, and some seymours will cost £100. Does anyone have any experience in upgrading their pickups and what would you recommend?

Cheers,

Rob



Are you talking about the S-1 switching when you say button? You may just have a wire off or something.

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 Post subject: Re: Fender american jazz bass pickup upgrade
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 12:58 am 
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no, its proper buggered. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Fender american jazz bass pickup upgrade
PostPosted: Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:51 am 
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i think then that the fender pickups are the way to go. Same price as the seymours and probably better matched. Cheers.


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 Post subject: Re: Fender american jazz bass pickup upgrade
PostPosted: Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:53 am 
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If you are looking for an upgrade, Curtis Novak, Lindy Fralin and Bill Lawrence's WILDE pickups are probably a cut above mass produced ones. Bill Lawrence designed several bass pickups for Fender including the Noiseless J-Bass pickups and also designed pickups for Gibson too. The WILDE pickups are very reasonably priced. In order to get the right balance you'll need to either buy a balanced set or have a custom replacement made to match the winding impedance of the stock pickup you want to keep. Mismatching pickups on a Jazz is never ever a good idea.

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 Post subject: Re: Fender american jazz bass pickup upgrade
PostPosted: Sat Nov 05, 2011 7:50 pm 
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cactus128 wrote:
Hi,

I have a fender usa jazz bass (the one with the button in the neck pickup volume knob), and I have found that my bridge pick up has moved on to a better place. :cry:

I have tried to find advice for a possible upgrade for my bass, but there is not much help out there.

To replace my existing pickups will cost £70, and some seymours will cost £100. Does anyone have any experience in upgrading their pickups and what would you recommend?

Cheers,

Rob


What kind of music do you play? Tell us that and we can help you make a better decision.
I had a 2004 MIA Jazz with S-1. I loved the S-1 setup but the pickups were just not a pleasing as todays Vintage style and Fender Vintage Alnico's.

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 Post subject: Re: Fender american jazz bass pickup upgrade
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 4:39 am 
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I play all sorts really. Jazz/blues/rock.

Not a big metal player, so not after a super hot pickup


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 Post subject: Re: Fender american jazz bass pickup upgrade
PostPosted: Sun Nov 06, 2011 11:17 am 
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cactus128 wrote:
I play all sorts really. Jazz/blues/rock.

Not a big metal player, so not after a super hot pickup



These are what I would go for based upon your needs.
http://www.musiciansfriend.com/accessor ... 0000000000

Question: Have you actually tested the bridge pickup with an ohmeter to see if it is open? If not either the pickup coil is open or the S-1 switch bad in that position. If it turns out to be the switch I can point you in the right direction to get one.

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