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Jazz Pups

Postby Johnny_B_Badd » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:02 am

Ok, so I get on a nice stage with a killer house system and I got a sound guy telling me how awesome my rig sounds. I have 2 other bass players telling me my G&L sounds like a piano. My SR4 can be felt throughout the room. But my Jazz is like this wimpy lil lightweight bass. I can't have that. I love that bass (Thanks again Harry, I STILL love this bass). But I need it to play as sweet as it looks.

I've been looking at options to keep it passive, yet upgrade it so it delivers. I played a mutt bass this weekend. USA Jazz body, Steve Harris P Neck, and an older set of DiMarzio pups. And this thing was massive on tone. I mean, this thing could make a vintage P blush. I want my Jazz to have that kind of attitude when I plug it in.

Ok, so DiMarzio has 2 model pups out for the Jazz. Duncan has their 1/4 pounders. What should I be looking at to get a ton of tone out of my Jazz? Any help, advice, or input would be greatly appreciated. Also, the bass was never drilled for a pg. And it has to remain as such. I don't want to modify this body in any way. Thanks in advance guys...
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Re: Jazz Pups

Postby harleyyy » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:15 am

Have you tried raising the pickup height?
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Re: Jazz Pups

Postby Johnny_B_Badd » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:24 am

First thing I tried. Very little change. I think the pups in it are just too subtle.

harleyyy wrote:Have you tried raising the pickup height?
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Re: Jazz Pups

Postby harleyyy » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:33 am

Johnny_B_Badd wrote:First thing I tried. Very little change. I think the pups in it are just too subtle.

harleyyy wrote:Have you tried raising the pickup height?




Why not go with a 9V EMG set? Think Eddie Jackson tone. [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif]
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Re: Jazz Pups

Postby Johnny_B_Badd » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:39 am

No place to hide a 9 volt on this bass. No pickguard, plus the paint is immaculate. Would like to just upgrade pups and call it a day if at all possible. Also, just reading about this S1 mod. Wondering if that'll do the trick...


harleyyy wrote: Why not go with a 9V EMG set? Think Eddie Jackson tone. [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif]
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Re: Jazz Pups

Postby harleyyy » Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:46 am

Johnny_B_Badd wrote:No place to hide a 9 volt on this bass. No pickguard, plus the paint is immaculate. Would like to just upgrade pups and call it a day if at all possible. Also, just reading about this S1 mod. Wondering if that'll do the trick...


harleyyy wrote: Why not go with a 9V EMG set? Think Eddie Jackson tone. [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif]



Ah, then I'll suggest calling Lindy Fralin for some overwounds...

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Re: Jazz Pups

Postby Johnny_B_Badd » Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:06 pm

WOW, 90 bucks a shot. Man oh man, didn't see that coming... lol

harleyyy wrote: Ah, then I'll suggest calling Lindy Fralin for some overwounds...

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Re: Jazz Pups

Postby harleyyy » Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:21 pm

Johnny_B_Badd wrote:WOW, 90 bucks a shot. Man oh man, didn't see that coming... lol

harleyyy wrote: Ah, then I'll suggest calling Lindy Fralin for some overwounds...

http://www.fralinpickups.com/bass.asp


I'd at least call, tell him what you want, then shop around.
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Re: Jazz Pups

Postby Gil Escalera » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:14 pm

I've had some Jazz basses with Seymour Duncans and DiMarzio's that had mucho output before.

The one with Seymour Duncan pickups used the Hot Stack (STK-J2) set which is the same pickups used by Duff McKagan. I really liked the big beefy sound these pickups produced. Worked well in my Rock band gigs.

The one with the DiMarzio pickups used the Ultra Jazz (DP149) set. These are a cleaner sound than the Hot Stacks but still with deep lows and more pronounced mids. I also used a set on a fretless bass [more to eliminate single coil noise] that was really nice.

Both these sets are stacked (i.e. humbucking/noise cancelling) pickups and have higher output than your standard single coils. The lows are deeper and the mids more pronounced. Both great for rock IMO.

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Re: Jazz Pups

Postby Freddels » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:25 pm

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Re: Jazz Pups

Postby aussiemark » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:40 pm

Another vote for Dimarzio Ultra Jazz here
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