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Replacement Pickups for Mexican Jazz


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Hi all. I have a Mexican Jazz bass I bought a few years ago for cheap (obviously). Anyway, I'm a college student and cannot afford to buy a better bass. Besides, my Jazz isn't too shabby. My only problem is a slight buzz sent through the amp, PA, etc. I would like to buy new pickups. Any suggestions? I've been looking at Carvin's or DiMarzzio Ultra Jazz, but I'm open to other suggestions as well. Thanks!
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if you are concerned about buzz fender makes noiseless pickups. i recently put a seymour duncan hot for jazz stack in my ibanez and i am really happy with that pick-up.they are a dual coil pickup that has the coils stacked so it fits in a standard j-bass pickup slot. i am pretty sure that the mexican jazz uses pickups of the same size so make sure any pickup that you get will fit in that slot before you get it, or you might have to have the pickup cavity enlarged. i have only bought seymour duncan pickups so i cannot sound off on any other companies.
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DiMarzio is also good but there are many good replacements out there, most of them will serve you well. An important thing to remember is that the stock Jazz pickups are single coils, if you keep both pickups volume equal the '60 cycle hum' shouldn't be a problem.

 

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Thanks for the post. That helps a lot. I'm clocking out for the night, but I would appreciate any more advice anyone can give. I'll check the post tomorrow and say some more thank you's! (Also, thanks for welcome, basshappi)
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Welcome to the Lowdown.

 

Boy, you expect your answers fast!

 

I just got home from a gig, you won't find too many pros home on a Saturday night.

 

Every jazz bass has a little bit of a buzz, it's part of the instrument.

 

Turn both pickups all the way up and keep your hands on the strings, that'll reduce it a little.

 

There are humbucking pickups made that will fit in a jazz bass, a few companies make them.

 

There are also great pickups made by Bartolini, Lindy Fralin, Seymour Duncan, Nordstrand and others.

 

It depends on what you want to sound like.

 

And depending on your Mexican jazz bass, a lot of pickups may not fit. Measure the cavities carefully before you buy something.

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The DiMarzio Ultra J's sound good, but they will pick up interference from some light fightings. The buzz disappears when you have your hands on the strings.

 

Importantly, get a tech to install the units or check your work, especially the pick-ups heights as this will make a major difference to the sound.

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I had DiMarzzio Ultra-Jazz pups in one bass. I liked them alot. Big sound, lots of bottom.

 

I used Sadowski Hum-cancelling pups in my last jazz bass - with the Sadowski preamp. That was a sweet sound. Kinda had my own version of a Sadowski without paying $2,500.

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Carvin also makes a Stacked Humbucker that fits to a J-Style. I think it is only $50 or $60 too

 

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Thanks for all the suggestions. Also, I don't expect any answers fast. I just want to thank people for their time. I don't like it when people ask a question, take people's advice, and never say thanks. If anyone else has suggestions or advice, I'll take as much as I can get! :)
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I'd look into Van Zandt J pickups. Especially for a Mexi Jazz. As quiet as any other traditional J pickups out there, unless I'm complely off base, I believe they're both the same size -- perfect for an older Mexi Jazz if it's of the variety with two same-size pickups. Just my $.02. Rio Grande's are sweet, too, so check those out if you can . . .

 

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Hi, i installed EMG's on my MIM bass, and they really did the trick, plus they are pretty quiet, i never hear noise coming from them. One thing you should be aware of (at least it was a problem for me) is that some MIM basses have the bridge pickup cavity too thin, I think this is a well known problem with some models, so you have to do something to get your new pickup to fit well. My 2 cents!
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Well, since it seems you may need to know more about what sound I want, I'll let you know. I really like the sound the bass player for Muse gets, but I'm not sure what kind of bass he plays. I like clean, clear bass sounds. I also like rickenbacker's. If that helps...
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