Jazz Bass

True '60s Jazz Bass Tone

$99$198

  • Single Coil
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output

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Fralin Jazz Bass Pickups are fat, loud, punchy, and clear. They have articulation and definition not found in other manufacturers’ pickups. We use all USA-Made parts, and wind and build them one at a time by hand.

Options

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Raised Centers

Choose this option if you want raised center pole piece magnets on your bridge. This helps with string balance on fingerboards with a radius of less than 9.5 inches. Do not choose this option if you have a flat fingerboard.

Neck-Sized Bridge

In some cases, Fender Mexican Jazz Bass will have an equal-sized Neck & Bridge pickup. We can make this for you. Measure your pickups, and if they are the same, check this box!

Notice

Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

Recommendation

We recommend using 2-Conductor With Shield Lead when purchasing a single pickup. 2-Conductor lead allows you to reverse the phase should you have phase issues. Learn About Lead Choice

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Features:

Our Jazz Bass Pickups feature Hand-Built bobbins and hand-wound clarity. Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. These Jazz Bass Pickups consist of local fiberboard and USA-Made Magnets. We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time. Each pickup is wound using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. This gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup and prevent microphonics.

Features:

  • 60’s Fender specifications, with modern output
  • Clean and clear, lots of Fender sparkle and clarity
  • USA-made Alnico 5 Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
  • Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
  • Two magnet staggers available for different fingerboard radiuses
  • Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
  • Hand-built fiberboard Bobbins for unrivaled quality control
  • 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects

Sound

Fralin Jazz Bass Pickups offer a wide tonal range. They are wound to 60’s Specifications, which give them more output and balance. Expect a sweeter tone, with a warm midrange. Also, you’ll hear top-end sparkle and clarity. Nuances will come to life as you notice increased presence. They will break up late and stay clean longer.

Are you looking for a Hum Cancelling Jazz Bass pickup that actually sounds like a Jazz Bass? Check out our Split Jazz!

Our Pickups are dynamic – they’ll get punchy if you dig into them. They’ll have top-end spank when you slap them. You’ll also notice they’ll stay soft and dynamic when you play light. Finally, these Jazz Bass Pickups are for those who are not happy with the tone from stock pickups. These tend to be sweeter-sounding, not aggressive. You’ll wonder why you didn’t make the switch earlier.

We offer (3) winding options to help you determine the perfect tone:

  • For an era-authentic 60’s tone, use our “Stock Wind”, or, choose “N/A” under output preference
  • For a thicker midrange and fewer highs, choose +5%. This will reduce the highs by 5%, and increase the lows and mids by 5%.
  • For an even thicker tone than the +5%, you can opt for +10%. This is perfect for anyone looking for an aggressively strong midrange and dark tone. Perfect for balancing out a bright sounding bass.
  • If you’re looking for 70’s Jazz Bass tone, use our -5% wind. This will increase the highs by 5%, and decrease the mids by 5%.
Sound Samples for Jazz Bass:
About this Sound Clip:

All sound samples are played from Neck Position First and Bridge Position Last.

Tonal Graph For Jazz Bass:

The tonal graph below for our Jazz Bass features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

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OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

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Tech Specs:

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Jazz Bass.

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Neck Ohm Reading:8.5K 1
Bridge Ohm Reading:9K 1
Magnet Wire:USA-Made 42-Gauge Heavy Formvar
Magnet Material:USA-Made Alnico 5
Bobbin Material:USA-Made Stamped Fiberboard
String Spacing (Neck):20mm*
String Spacing (Bridge):21mm*
Recommended Cap Value:0.02mfd 2

More Information:

1 Ohm Readings can vary due to a multitude of factors, including ambient temperature, multimeter calibration, different wire batches, and other factors. Due to this, ohm readings are approximate. Learn more about Ohm Readings here.


2 We recommend a 0.02mfd Cap Value on most guitar and bass pickups. The exception is a Magic Cap, which Lindy prefers on the Bridge Pickup of Fender® guitars only. Learn More about Caps Here.


*String spacing is measured between the center of each set of poles.

Jazz Bass Dimensions:

4-String Jazz Bass Dimensions

Jazz Bass FAQ's

General FAQs

Here are quick answers to common questions we get:

  • What Ohm Readings does your Jazz Bass have?

    Navigate to our Tech Specs Tab for complete Ohm Readings and more useful information.

  • Will this pickup fit my instrument?

    Check our "Sizing" tab for the size of the pickup. No Sizing tab? Check under the product image gallery for dimensions.

  • Is your Lead Time of 2-3 Weeks accurate?

    It really depends on the shop capacity at the moment, and the size of your order. Feel free to give us a call for an accurate lead time. We always try to underpromise and overdeliver.

  • What pickup height do you recommend setting your Jazz Basss to?

    Our recommended Pickup Height is 1/8" (3.175mm) on the Bass Side and 1/16"( 1.5875mm) on the Treble Side. Measure by holding the corresponding side down at its highest fret and measure from the bottom of the string to the top of the pole piece.

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Customer Reviews

94 Genuine Reviews for Jazz Bass

  1. Benjamin Weber

    Verified Purchase

    I love these things. I have a Jazz bass with a well worn-in set of flats on them. Only problem is the existing pickups were lackluster. I put in a new tone circuit and these Fralin pickups and now I’m getting exactly the kind of period correct growl and bark I’m looking for.

  2. William J Langguth

    Verified Purchase

    This is my 4th order from Lindy Fralin. I’ve been extremely happy with my 3-PJ’s, but this is my first Jazz Bass Pickups order. I had the Bridge pickup overwound +10% for midrange bump and slightly higher output. It made an inexpensive Squier, sound like a Classic 60’s Bass Guitar! I also own a ’75 Fender Jazz and don’t know which Bass sounds better?
    Thank You Lindy Fralin, for making Excellent Quality Pickups!

  3. Eric

    Verified Purchase

    Great!

  4. Patrick Arnet

    Verified Purchase

    Hello from Switzerland. I am so happy. Fastest shipping ever. 7 days from order to arrival in switzerland. You are the champion. I just love the sound of this pickups. Strong, deep, crispy…200 % Jazz Bass. And the cream colour make the Bass in sunburst looks shiny and funky. I am a fan. Thank you…until the next order ;o)

  5. Kevin Shoopman

    Verified Purchase

    I received my pups awhile back, but I hadn’t gotten a real test of them until recently.
    I used my Jazz on a recording session last week and all I can say is WOW!!!!!
    they performed beyond my expectations and even my band was impressed with the fat round tones coming out of the bass.
    I can’t say enough about how amazing they are.
    I would say to anyone not pleased with their tone to give a set of these pups a try before buying a new bass!!

  6. Matthew Trask

    Verified Purchase

    I got a deal on a Squier VM Jazz Bass (left handed) that was too good to pass up. I’m a “one pickup bass” guy, so I ordered a 5% underwind Jazz neck and had it installed solo, with low and hi cut tone knobs.
    Ladies and gentleman, I had never heard a bass before! I can only describe it as like playing the low notes on a Steinway piano… absolutely insane. And I cannot get an unusable sound out of it. I’m absolutely blown away.
    Also, y’all are missing out if you ain’t getting the underwind. Keep turning up the gain, it just gets fuller!
    I cannot emphasize how much I love this pickup??
    For what it’s worth, the VM Jazz has a 9.5 inch radius fretboard, so I did get the raised centers… also a good call

  7. Bob

    Verified Purchase

    I have a decent bass but wanted to freshen things up a bit. Given that it has good hardware and construction I opted to upgrade the OEM pups.
    It was a great call. The clarity and the low end on the Fralin Jazz pick ups far exceed what was on the bass. This took a decent bass to the next level and made me smile immediately when I started playing. These pickups arrived quickly, were true to size and easy to install. I would recommend them to anyone looking to do the same
    Thanks!

  8. Brad Spurr

    Verified Purchase

    I bought the Jazz Bass pickups and Prewired Jazz Bass Control Plate. My stock Fender bass went from stock to AMAZING! I’ve played bass for a few decades and I’m also a professional music mixer. My new Fralin pickups improved my bass sound way beyond my expectations. In the studio these pick ups are magic. I’m recording bass tracks that are phat and punchy. My Jazz Bass finally has the sound I’ve been searching for.

    On stage my bass is full and tonally even from low to high and my band now has a new solid thump. In my search for a bass sound I’ve spent a lot of money on basses, microphones, mic pres, DI boxes, bass amps and cables. Fralin pick ups are an excellent reminder that sound quality starts at the source.

  9. Ray Martell / Redwood Records

    Verified Purchase

    I bought a set of 5% overwound Jazz Bass pickups for my 2007 Spector NT-2J. I replaced the stock EMG active pickups/Aguilar preamp. The sound difference was immediate and INCREDIBLE! This bass has new life breathed into it. The tone is bright, the bottom hits hard, and when you dig in, it has that growl that you get from a great Jazz bass. WIth Rotosound LD66 roundwounds, it sounds like a hammer hitting piano strings. These pickups are the real deal.

  10. Thorsten Hellmuth

    Bought these at a german retailer. Installed them (with a friend’s help. Danke Micha!) in my Squier Vint. Mod. Jazz Bass 77. Installation was blissfully easy, although it was a first for us. What really amazed me: I was a very reluctant slapper until now, cause I never really liked the sound of this bass when slapped. This has changed drastically: Slapping now sounds amazing and “professional” (soundwise) in any position or combination. I now have a variety of slap tones at my disposal, each with it’s own special appeal. Of course the fingered sound is amazing, too. This is the sound i’ve been wanting for years. With this bass I can cover a wide range if genres, styles and sound. For me, that would be funk, soul, reggae, jazz but also progressive rock and Zappa-esque stuff.
    To be honest, people at Lindy Fralin: I chose your pickups on a hunch and i will never regret it. You’ll definetely be on board when I think it’s time to upgrade my Epiphone ES-335.

  11. Jeff S Lectka

    I picked up an early 90s Fender Fotoflame Jazz on a whim because it was light, balanced, and played beautifully. In taking it apart and doing a string change and setup I discovered cheap electronics and wasn’t all that impressed with the pickups.
    Some high quality pots, wiring, and Fralin pickups made this thing a beast. The sound is clear, fat, dynamic, punchy, and everything I need a Jazz to be. The difference between these pickups and whatever Fender Japan was using is substantial.

  12. Ricardo

    Verified Purchase

    The pick ups sound amazing! I bought the standard wound pick ups with raised centers for my squire modified vintage ’77 jazz bass. It transformed the bass into a great, warm sounding instrument with a great jazz bass sound.

  13. Andrew

    Verified Purchase

    Dropped these pickups in my 2001 Mexican Jazz bass and immediately heard a difference! I gained more clarity, punch, and tonal nuance. Installation was easy and the support from the company second to none!

  14. Fred Pratt

    Verified Purchase

    Fat, loud, punchy, clear, articulate. My Crafted in Japan Jazz Bass sounds just how I want it to sound.

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