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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 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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  • Overwound
  • Alnico 5 magnets
  • Formvar magnet wire
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FenderCustom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set
 
4.7

(based on 23 reviews)

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Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set

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...Read complete review

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.

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Not happening

I had these pickups installed, and not only was the installation half-assed, but the pickups themselves kept cutting out. Along with that, there's just too much gain, and it drowns out the...Read complete review

I had these pickups installed, and not only was the installation half-assed, but the pickups themselves kept cutting out. Along with that, there's just too much gain, and it drowns out the good sound. Overall, very disapointed.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great pups!

By Shooz

from St. Louis, Mo

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      Comments about Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set:

      I installed these in my Squire VM fretless after researching a lot of alternatives, ultimately after listening to plenty of comparison videos, reading a lot of reviews, and of course liking the idea of sticking with a Fender product, I opted for these. They were a perfect fit, easy to install and of course most important, they really are a great improvement to the stock pups. They are extremely quiet and deliver a very clear tone, no more muddy sounds in my lows and the highs have a nice bark.

      Overall, I'm very happy with this purchase.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      It's like being reunited with an old friend.

      By randall

      from Largo, Florida

      Site Member

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set:

      When I was 15 in 1975, I bought my first bass, a Fender Jazz. Some years later I sold it like the foolish kid that I was. Missed it ever since. Started playing again after 30 some odd years(some were very odd). I built a Warmoth bass, neck & Jazz body(alder). I put these Fender CS 60s in it & I'm stunned! What a beautiful combination. I was practically in tears! In my opinion treble is easily had but, finding that clear(not muddy), warm, round, bluesy tone that I like has always been difficult for me. I recently paired this bass up with a new generation Fender Rumble 500 2x10 combo with a Kustom 15 inch cab & this Bass sings! As far as I'm concerned I now have a professional level sound which is consistent. This really helps your confidence level when you know you have reliable equipment that you can depend on. These pickups are an integral part of my enjoyment of playing music again. Oh yes, & the 'G' string rings out nice & clear which has been another problem that these pick ups have helped solve!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Time for tone!

      By Mike Reynolds

      from Wilsonville, Oregon

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set:

      If you want amazing tone from your Fender Jazz Bass, you just can't go wrong with this set of pickups. The bridge pickup gives you more output, more growl & honk, and the neck pickup is amazing as well. No noise issues (not "silent," but no issues at all). I mostly play jazz and blues, and absolutely love these pickups. A huge upgrade from the MIM Jazz Bass pickups. Go for it!

      (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good, but..

      By scott streicher

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about 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.
      NA

      (5 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good upgrade, abeit overrated

      By scott streicher

      from Cincinnati

      Comments about 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!!!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      clean and clear

      By J. Queen

      from Boise, ID

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set:

      These pick ups are it! I put these into my Carvin LB20 and WOW! What Tone! I love the way my Carvin plays, and the tone was ok when I was playing metal. But now I'm playing blues and rock n roll and these pick ups give me the organic vintage tone, that made me fall in love with bass a life time ago. Be aware that the warrentee is only good if your are a "fender service tech". If you aren't, you may want to order them through the tech that will install them. I did the work my self, and I love the tone that I'm getting now, pumping my LB20 through my new Fender Tv Duo Ten, awesome, just awesome!

      (1 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not happening

      By McGarry

      from Grand Rapids, Michigan

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set:

      I had these pickups installed, and not only was the installation half-assed, but the pickups themselves kept cutting out. Along with that, there's just too much gain, and it drowns out the good sound. Overall, very disapointed.

      (16 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just what you are expecting

      By Amy

      from St Petersburg, FL

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set:

      These pick ups add the classic depth and tone of a vintage bass. I put them into my 2005 Highway One Jazz and it warmed up the sound and gave a stronger presence. Easily installed.

      (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set

      By Spencer Lammers

      from College Station ,Tx

      Comments about Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set:

      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.

      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fender Custom Shop '60s J-Bass Pickup Set

      By Spencer Lammers

      from College Station, Tx

      Comments about 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.

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