Pickup up grade

Discussion in 'The Squier Bass Place' started by 63 Bass, Jan 27, 2021.

  1. 63 Bass

    63 Bass Squier Talker

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    Hello from Oz
    I`m looking for suggestions for an upgrade of my pickups in my Squier 70`s Jazz Bass. What are good pickups with great sound?
    Cheers
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  2. One String Sam

    One String Sam Squier-Nut

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  3. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychotic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

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    I have a 2006 70s Vintage Modified Squier Jazz Bass, I actually love the stock pickups in it.
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  4. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychotic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

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  5. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychotic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

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    Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound J Pickup Set
    This is also a popular choice, but, instead of the vintage Jazz sound, what they offer is a harsh output with a noise-free operation. That makes them a great choice for rock and even metal genres

    See, the best thing about this model has large diameter poles plus intense coil windings to deliver a full, and even response with plenty of richness and sustain. And, still, they retain the bright attitude you’d want from a J bass.
     
  6. 63 Bass

    63 Bass Squier Talker

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    Angry Possum, thanks for the suggestions. quite like the seymour duncans
     
  7. Hal Nico

    Hal Nico Squier-Meister

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    I have to ask but why do you think you need to change them? You could spend a lot of money and not get what you are looking for :/
     
  8. Angry Possum

    Angry Possum A Psychotic 6 String Collector Gold Supporting Member

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    My thoughts exactly. I actually like the original jazz bass pickups in my Squier.
     
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  9. Bertman631

    Bertman631 Squier Talker

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    I would just replace the neck pickup with a quarter pounder. That is my goto jazz bass setup.
     
  10. 63 Bass

    63 Bass Squier Talker

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    I don`t know, around $300 AUD
     
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  11. 63 Bass

    63 Bass Squier Talker

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    Good question, I don`t really need to change them. In fact I don`t need to, just bought a Tech 21 Sansamp, derrrrr what was I thinking. Cheers
     
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  12. DougMen

    DougMen Dr. Squier

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    Is there something you don't like about the pickups in it now? I'm very happy with the pickups in my CV 70s Strat. I tried a couple of other sets and went back to the stock ones because they sounded best.
     
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  13. 63 Bass

    63 Bass Squier Talker

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    Simply, No
     
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  14. fluffy391

    fluffy391 Squier-Meister

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    Another +1 for the SD quarter pound. They're great, but a bit expensive. I've also played a dimarzio PJ pickups set (which are apparently similar to the dimarzio J set), and they sound pretty great, with good, classic jazz bass tone.


    I don't remember which ones come with the squier VM series jazz bass' however I like those most out of the three that I recommended, and iirc, they are quite cheap if you can find them. It's really about what kind of sound you prefer though. Try listening to sound demos to find what you are looking for.
     
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  15. Hal Nico

    Hal Nico Squier-Meister

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    Save your money and take the strings off and boil them in a pan with a bit of washing up liquid/Dish soap. It gets the crud out of the windings and brings the tone back. Keep an eye on the pan and lower the temp when it bubbles up and agitate with a fork. Cool under cold tap and dry with toilet tissue.

    Yes I'm a tightwad but a Spanky-Bass Tight-wad :D
     
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  16. radiotech

    radiotech Dr. Squier

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    Freedonia
    Those are some good sounding pups already, glad you decided to keep them.

    I had a VM PJ, I loved the P pup, but since I had a Fender Classic P pup I got for a steal sitting in the box, decided to swap it for the VM’s standard Alnico... My ears could not tell the difference between them...
     
  17. Jeep

    Jeep New Member

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    Lindy Fralin is a great choice ...worth it