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Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set

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Take the best-selling Fender bass pickups in the world, then overwind them for more punch, midrange, bass, and output, and you've got these '60s Jazz Bass tone monsters. The Fender Custom Shop J-Bass Pickup Set is constructed with Alnico 5 magnets and Formvar magnet wire for serious thump and growl. OEM on many Fender Custom Shop basses.

Overwound Alnico 5 magnets Formvar magnet wire

Transform your old buddy into a newer, bigger, better old buddy. Buy these pickups today and give its tone a facelift.

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These pups are a great replacement option for any midrange priced Jazz Bass. If you have a nice broken in & straight necked MIM, MIJ/CIJ, or a Highway 1 Jazz these are an instant and effective upgrade. I replaced the Japanese pups in my MIJ 75 reissue w/ this set and it made a great difference. I was very happy with my purchase to say the least. The sets dynamics allowed for both tonal diversity, and ease of use. You can dial in what you need (tone/vol. wise) quicker because the controls loose that extreme sensitivity associated with cheeaper pups. The neck pickup has great pressence and low end but the star of the set in my opinion is the bridge/lead pup. The lead pup does wonders for midrange grit. You can get it to sound fairly dirty which is perfect for any rock bassist wrecking w/ an old Ampeg rig behind them. I generally play with the bridge @ max, 3/4 of the neck, and max the master tone's bright side out. I generally play a lot of rock though. When I play country I use the neck pup to my advantage. Cranking the neck pup allows more volume for low end, a warmer tonal range, and generally it brings out your finger/pick attack. It all depends on where you rest a thumb or dig in.One thing that differs these pickups from other passive Jazz pups is the drop in vol./output level. This is trouble for those that already have trouble cutting through a mix. It is a double edge sword. I actually enjoyed the volume cut because it allowed me to crank my gain, and drive my tubes harder. The craftsmanship was great. The solder points were strong and neat. The wires were jacketed well and had good length to them... long enough for a easy connection yet short enough to avoid a mess under your pickguard. They were a breeze to install. I just reconnected the new pups wires as I disassembled the old ones. I strongly recommened doing it step by step like this. If you disconnect everything and forget what goes where all you have is a crummy drawing for directions. Also don't forget to take note of which pick up is the bridge and which is the neck. I've seen and heard people dog a new set of pickups because they flopped the order in the set. I also suggest following the fender owners manuel guidelines on pick up height and positioning. This will improve tone and precision with intonation.All in all you have to hear them for yourself but they are one the best upgrades you can buy for a midrange priced jazz. I wish they sold individual bridge sets so i could put one in my precision bass after some work. That would be great.
Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set
.I bought these pups from musicians friend as a replacement set for my Japanese 75 reissue. Fortunatly, I have many bass players as friends and many of them use J basses. With those basses and people in mind I have been able research many pickups that are available in today's mass market. I found the vintage noiseless pups were in fact noiseless yet they lacked some of the mids and that gritty growl that many look for in a Jazz Pup. The Duncan Basslines that I have played were fairly one sided in tonal options and though they did boost the output level this wasn't a good enough feature for me to make a purchase. I was stuck between a set of Dizmarzio J Pups and the vintage 60s. Be advised, these are two very different sounding Pups. I found that the Dizzys had a happy medium between the over-all output level and retained (to a decent degree) the tonal response that I was mainly searching for. The dizzys also had a distinct brightness that may or may not be what your after. The Custom Shop 60s were very dynamic in tonal characteristics and they really do give you that mid range punch. The often sought "growel" characteristic or punchy, grit driven tone shines in these pickups also. Although they lack the volume boost of some replacement pickups, they offer a diverse range of voices. You can get that smooth and low-down motown, the gritty punch associated with rock, and the overall harmonic response your bass should give you(that is if you have a good neck). I strongly incourage anyone pondering a Pup replacement to try as many models as possible before making a purchase. Every bass player is different and has a certain voice that they look for terms of tone. You'll be much happier with a purchase if you expand your options and knowledge of the pickups you plan on buying. I play any kind of music that makes me move or puts money in my wallet. With the vintage 60's I have no problem dialing in tones that associate with Funk, Rock/Prog-rock, Jazz, R&B, Country, and pop/dance grooves. I am not much of a Reggae or Punk player but, from what I hear in these genres these pups may lack a little in tone. I'd go with a P-bass here for that pick based punk and I'd lower the brightness for that reggae thud. I have played for 6 1/2 years and for 6 years with a Fender Jazz. I play with a SVT 3-Pro and Vintage Ampeg cab(a solidly built and heavy as hell 4x10 half stack). I also use a Sansamp Bass Driver DI for recording or going direct to a board. Either situation I trust my Jazz bass or my 1990 P-bass depending on the music I play.The quality in terms of construction is great. The solder points were strong and neat and the wire was wound with perfection. The attachment wires on both the neck and bridge pups were neatly covered in their jackets, and the wire diagram made installing them quick and easy. I am fairly confident in my knowledge of Jazz Pups and what you can get out of them. These reissues are the nearest thing to the origional 1960's Jazz Pups that you can get in today's mass market.
Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set
.you can turn your jazz bass into a growling, vintage tone machine. With these passive pickups in my jazz bass, along with a simple 3-band eq, I can get any sound I want, whether it be dirty and growly or fat, round, and warm.
Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set
.While this was a worthwile upgrade, they seem to be a bit overpriced. Comparing my experience to other reviews, I was somewhat disappointed with the tone. They seemed to be lacking the complexity and depth i was looking (and hoping) for.
My brother, who is an electrical engineer, installed these. The "instructions" were terrible. Apparently, there were numerous ways to wire these pickups with the grounding. None of which were explained. An explanation of the dual rubber padding for each pickup was not even explained. As a result, i had to mount these, string up, tune up, and then pull the pickups only to realize they were sitting too deep in the body and needed to be closer to the strings (hence the extra padding). A simple mention of this in the instructions could have saved a couple hours additional work. TERRIBLE!!!
Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set
.I used these pickups to replace the stock pickups in a 2003 Standard Fretless Jazz Bass. They definitely have moore low end and growl than the stock pickups, and retained that Jazz Bass sound especially over the bridge pickup.Being single coil, there is still a noise problem, but not as great of a noise problem I had on the stock pickups. Turning both volumes to 10 creates a humbucking effect and noise and EQ are easy. If you want more of the bright percussive sound over the bridge pickup, I have effectively regained that by rolling back the volume on the neck pickup just a couple notches and EQ-ing out some of the high end to control the noise.After trying some other brand pickups in my J-bass, I find so far that Fender pickups best preserve the Fender Jazz sound.
Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set
.If you own a Mexican Jazz Bass: BUY THESE PICKUPS. I had to chip off some lacquer around the lead cavity with a chisel and mutilate the pickguard with a swiss army knife, but hell, IT WORKS! AND... it sounds great!
Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set
.I bought a set based on the reivews here. I gotta say, i'm somewhat disappointed. While i should have checked beforehand, these are NOT hot pickups whatsoever. To my ears, they seem fairly bright as well. I was looking for something more warmth and aggression. The pole pieces seem to sit fairly high and "pop" when i play due to the string smacking the pole piece. I'm not overly aggressive with my technique but i do play with conviction.
Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set
.I took the stock pickups out of my 05 American Jazz Bass and man did these make a difference! It seems to have more bottom end and a nice growl the stock units just didn't have.If you have an American or Standard Jazz Bass these pickups will definetely be a huge improvement and make you play twice as much.
Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set
.I purchased Fender's custom shop pick ups on a whim at the local music shop where I live. For almost a week I had researched replacement pickups on the internet. I had decide to go with Humbuckers likely from EMG, but when I went to the store they were all out. I grabed this set thinking I made another dumb impolsive buy until I got home. The installing part was easy, just a few re-steps to get the circut working correctly. Then came time to test them out and I was satisfied only a few minutes later. Outstanding tone, the old Mexico pickups that were original had such a horrible buzz and no power in their coil, but these new pick ups made the bass sound twice its worth. Great thump and deffinition, the fret board is much hotter now and they pick ups grab the finger taps as if they were plucked. GREAT PRODUCT.
Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set
.If you have a Standard J-bass or any version using J-bass pick-ups, this is the best thing you could possibly do to get that vintage Fender tone.
Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set

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