Jazz Bass

(46 customer reviews)


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.


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.


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.

Did you know? We offer this pickup in a Hum-Cancelling Version – our Split Jazz Bass for noiseless operation.


  • 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


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.

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%.

Stock Output Tone:Lindy Fralin Jazz Bass Tonal Graph


  1. What output do I choose? Good question. For the most balanced tone between highs and lows, go to the Stock Output, which is a replica of the earliest Jazz Basses. If you’re looking for a thicker and darker tone, opt for the +5% Output. If you’re looking for a cleaner and more articulate sound, opt for the -5% output.
  2. What does “Raised Centers” mean? This all refers to your fingerboard radius. If you have a Vintage radius (7.25″ – 9″), you might want to go with Raised Centers. If you have a flatter radius, keep it stock.
  3. What Pots should I use? 250K.
  4. How do I orient the pickup? The leads come out of the treble side.
  5. Do you have Foam or Mounting Plates?  As it turns out, we don’t. You can use the styrofoam wrap the pickup was shipped in to mount the pickup – we use that all the time.
  6. Wiring Diagrams? Here!


We use Vintage Specifications. Alnico 5 Magnets. 42-Gauge Heavy Formvar Wire. Hand-made Bobbins. The Stock Output reads 8.4K on the Neck and 8.8K on the Bridge.

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  1. Evans Hale (verified owner)

    Great stuff!

    Made my Mexi Jazz Bass sound better than any Custom Shop!

  2. Jay Eric Swaim (verified owner)

    Lindy Fralin Jazz single coil 10% overwound
    Great pickups as always. I have used Lindy Fralin pickups in my basses since 2011. I get the tone I am looking for. I only wish I would have known about them before 2011.

  3. Phillipe Joncas (verified owner)

    Awesome! They are exactly as I imagined! I couldn’t be happier!

  4. Tovin Medway (verified owner)

    Great Pickups , Fast delivery .

  5. Marc Vanderkley (verified owner)

    Jazz Bass set 5% underwind: Simply excellent!!

  6. Bobby Ramsdell (verified owner)

    I bought a used active Jazz Bass and it was in need of a tonal overhaul. I had never tried Fralin Pickups before so i figured what the hell. A MASSIVE upgrade from the 2006 era noiseless pickups. I opted for a 5% overwind as i wanted to have a darker sound. My jazz bass is amazing now. Ill be in the market for some precision pickups in the very near future. Thanks Lindy!

  7. John O’Boyle

    When I first acquired my 1962 Fender Jazz Bass (slab board) it had active pickups installed as the original pickups were long gone. I swapped those out for a set from another respected manufacturer and it was much better, however, something was still “missing”. I finally settled on a set of Lindy Fralin Jazz Bass Pickups 5% overwound and now this bass sounds absolutely beautiful. I’ve used it on a bunch of gigs, and I recently used it on a session. The tone was perfect! To my ears it sounds like John Paul Jones’ tone on “The Lemon Song” from Led Zeppelin II. Thank you Lindy Fralin and the staff at Fralin Pickups for making such wonderful pickups.

  8. Facundo Acosta

    Hello! I have a question: if I want to have a sound of 70, would I have to put 5% underwind?
    Thank you!

    • Tyler Delsack – Fralin Pickups (store manager)

      Hey Facundo,

      Yes – please specify -5% for the 70’s Jazz Bass Sound.

  9. Richard Drouin

    J’ai une fender précision 1969 à laquelle j’ai ajouté un jazz pick up au bridge et j’ai toujours le pick up original qui est en très bonne condition, je voudrais acheter votre jazz pick up mais j’en ai besoin de seulement 1 est ce possible? Merci beaucoup

  10. Adrian Caire

    I Purchased the jazz bass +5 over wind pick up set and installed them on my MIJ GEDDY LEE jazz bass. I quickly noticed a great tone from the E and A strings but the D and G strings had a big reduction in volume. I tried everything to even out the volume across the strings( adjust pickup height, change strings-types of strings different amps EVERYTHING IMAGINABLE I even put the stock pick ups back on And got even volume across E and A to D and G) still a volume issue across all strings. I called lindy and sent them back to be checked. They were sent back to me with the same problem. I don’t know if it’s my bass with those pickups but still have noticeable un even volume difference. Lindy was really nice with great customer service but unfortunately I can’t use the pick ups. I’m gonna try out the dimarzio model j pickups.

    They need a rating so to be honest I’ll give 5 stars for customer service but 2 stars for the pick up situation.

    • Tyler Delsack – Fralin Pickups (store manager)


      We’re so sorry that you had this issue – it seems very strange, as when we got them back, we re-magnetized them for good measure. Please feel free to send them back to us for a full refund. We don’t want you to be stuck with them.


  11. Kris Ward (verified owner)

    These things are incredible. The title says it all. These pickups are insanely good. Incredible tone, one of the best I’ve ever heard.

  12. Kirk Stirland (verified owner)

    New Fralin pickups, with new electronics, turned my MIJ Jazz Bass into a remarkable tone monster! I’ve always been impressed with the General fit and finish of the MIJ fenders, but these Fralin pick-ups put this instrument in the big leagues. Personal advice from Lindy himself when I dialed up the company was a pure bonus. Another great experience with Fralin.

  13. Ken Mallin (verified owner)

    Great tone & vibe! These pickups can do it: from Marcus Miller to John Paul Jones and anywhere in between. Can’t wait to try the -5% winding!

  14. James Jones (verified owner)

    Just what I needed
    I love my Fralin Jazz Bass pickups. They have a full range with plenty of bottom end while retaining some bite. I went with the 5% overwind since my bass is dropped one full step. Nice rumble when I hit the low notes and beautiful clarity that cuts through on the mid-range runs. Super happy with these pickups. I’m glad they have an option for white to match my pickguard. The white covers give it a classy look while the big sound slaps you in the face.

  15. Fredrick Stephenson (verified owner)

    Doesn’t Get Any Better’n This
    Two Jazz basses, one with stock and one with 10% overwind. This gets the PUREST tone to the other end of the instrument cable, where I can do anything I want with it—that is usually a slightly bassy but otherwise unmodified tone. Haven’t found a song yet that I can’t get exactly what’s just right. Without the Fralin Jazz pickups, I’d still be bumping around in the foggy bottom. Thanks!!

  16. Ken in fla (verified owner)

    I installed the stock wind single coils on my AM Pro Jazz. TOP NOTCH! I finally found my tone.
    Blown away beyond my expectations. My passive Jazz sounds like its active with both coils wide open.
    Neck p/u mimics a 70’s PBass with EQ’ing.
    I will purchase again in the future.

    Thank you all @ Lindy Fralin!

  17. Tune Shop Online

    Speaking from 30+ years experience, these pickups made my MIM jazz bass sound better than ever before! Not just a little better, leaps and bounds! The clarity from high to low is unparalleled. My only regret is not installing them sooner. I went with the stock output bridge & neck, and they are well worth every penny!

  18. Aaron Clark (verified owner)

    I love the Jazz Bass pickups! Puts my bass sound on a whole new level.

  19. Dominic Colombini (verified owner)

    Fralin jazz bass pickups
    Incredible product, helpful staff, and great customer service. Thank you for making it a positive experience

  20. Parker Brock (verified owner)

    Really impressed with the clarity and tonal definition of the pickup set. I put them in my working project ’97 MIM jazz bass, and now its so much more enjoyable to play! The previous stock neck pickup and an old SD split coil were not really the most inspiring sounds. Now I think I’ve got a tone to match the newer US jazz basses. Note: with this older model of MIM jazz bass, the bridge p/u slot will have to be widened by about 3/16″. I used a sharp chisel and some course sandpaper, and then the slot was ready to go.

  21. Jonny Crunkhorn (verified owner)

    Always wanted to upgrade pickups in my MEX Fenders, I find the bass a little loose and seemed to be difficult to get the right sound in a band mix with the stock ones. So when I heard some Fralins, they were top of my list.

    With everything full, they’re clear and nicely full sounding. So much so, my amp EQ has gone more flat, rather than the extreme EQing I used to use. I find myself playing higher up the neck – can’t get enough of the crisp highs they give.

    Customer service really is as good as most have commented! Sent an email regarding the sound I like and got a quick reply with a suggestion and sent much quicker than expected.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to have a P bass order in soon.

  22. Mike Holdbridge (verified owner)

    I have to say this was the single best investment I’ve ever made. My 89 Jazz Bass had lower output on the A&D strings. After purchasing the over wound raised middle pole pickups, I am blown away. Even other band mates noticed the difference immediately. The sound has a smooth rich thump on the bottom, with a clean well-defined note. Great definition. The lower output on the A&D strings was gone. The pickups fit both the pick guard and the body without any modification. Their sales /customer service was spot on. Thanks!

  23. Jovan Tica (verified owner)

    I bought the 5% overwound set for my Classic Series 60s Jazz Lacquer, and they are amazing! They really nail that pre-CBS Jazz tone. I was looking for that early John Paul Jones sound, and these hit the nail on the head.

  24. Christopher (verified owner)

    I have a 75 Reissue made in Japan Fender Jazz. It seemed a bit bright and thin to my ears so I got a +5% set. These are fantastic it gives the exact hollow, reedy tone I was hoping for without mud, or darkness.

  25. John Cidulka (verified owner)

    Great Jazz PUs
    Great, thick vintage tone. Not shy on low end at all. I got the 5% overwind and they are tasty.

  26. Jovan Tica (verified owner)

    I installed these (5% overwound) in my Classic Series 60s J Lacquer. They are great! The overwind really balanced out the brightness of the Pau Ferro board, and the tone is incredible. I was looking for a JPJ type of sound and these nail it.

  27. Gary Fass (verified owner)

    Finally found The sound I was looking for. Set in my simple squire J bass, I’m not using any of my other gear anymore. Thanks Lindy Frailin! Warm, round and thumpy as I like it!

  28. Gregory Griffin (verified owner)

    Excellent! I requested to have 2% overwound pickups based on my conversation with Lindy. Not too bright and not muddy. Goes well with a Sadowsky SBP-1 pedal.

  29. Cade Brown (verified owner)

    Best premium solution
    I replaced the stock Yamaha BB350 jazz set with the +10 configuration on both pickups. I was expecting a bigger tine shift, but instead I got a cleaner, less saturated sound. I am very impressed by the sound and the build quality. Night and day compared to agular and Seymour Duncan. You’ll be in all my basses in due time. Thanks Lindy! Awesome product.

  30. Mark Badger

    Jazz Bass Pickups: Thanks so much Lindy, these pickups are the BEST I have ever had. The overall warmth, tonal range is incredible, My blues band was blown away how it sounds in the mix. I am now a lifelong customer. Thanks!!

  31. staxmo427 (verified owner)

    I recently put a stock set of these in my CIJ Geddy Lee Jazz bass, what a difference. I now have no issues finding a great tone that sits in the mix with the other instruments in my band. My only regret is not buying them sooner.

  32. Cary Nicolo (verified owner)

    Fralin Jazz Bass Pickups – Simply amazing stock Fralin Jazz Pickups. The sound of my Mexi Jazz now sounds better than an american any day of the week! I will tell plenty of my musician friends about the Fralins! Great job guys!!!

  33. Ioannis Alexandrakis (verified owner)

    Love them. Spoke to Lindy directly and had a great conversation about tone. We spoke for maybe 3 minutes about the product before I knew for sure what I wanted and just ended up talking about music. The tone is great! You definitely got a lifelong customer.

  34. carykeyz1 (verified owner)

    I was looking for new bass pick ups for my 2008 Mexi Jazz bass and a good friend of mine suggested the Fralin stock Jazz PUP. I’ve been a pro musician for nearly 3 decades. I am a multi instrumentalist. [ https://www.carykeyzmusic.com/ ] My my main instrument is Keyboards, but I’ve toured in several Led Zeppelin tributes through out the US. I’m getting back into Zeppelin again and was really looking for the 60’s 70’s era Jonesy sound. I put the Fralin stock Jazz pick ups in my $350 mexican jazz bass and now not only does it have that authentic sound and tone I was looking for, but I would put my bass up against any $4,000 american jazz or sadowsky bass any day! Great job guys, you’ve got a Fralin customer for life! Incredible pick ups!

  35. Doug Morton

    I have a set in my 04 Lakland Joe Osborn 4 and thanks to the LF pups it’s my best sounding jazz bass.

  36. William Copeland (verified owner)

    The “just right” sound. My second set of Fralins. Got the sonic character I wanted – very happy in that respect. I forced the fit somewhat, so I can’t make vertical adjustments. My fault! Even so, balance is good, and the sound is awesome!

  37. Mike Perez (verified owner)

    Amazing traditional Jazz Bass sound. I have a 97 MIM Jazz Bass. That bass is very resonant and has always sounded great, but still had the stock pickups. In the mid 90s Fender Jazz Basses had two neck size pickups instead of the conventional slightly longer bridge pickup that most other years have. this turned me away from trying to replace the pickups. I called Fralin and told them about it, and that I wanted my bass to sound as close to a 1963 as possible. They were able to make me a (neck) size bridge. I received my pickups a week later. The sound is incredible. The bass sounds better than the 64 reissue that’s at my local music shop. These pickups are warm and punchy. Much clearer than the stock ceramic pickups that came in the bass. Thanks!!

  38. Edwin

    When i want 60s in bridge 70s neck , how % bridge and % neck.thx

    • Tyler Delsack – Fralin Pickups (store manager)

      Hey Edwin,

      You want a Stock Bridge, and a -5% Neck!


  39. Santoso Suwardhono

    Just upgraded my Fender CS Jazz Bass with a set of the 5%s, all I can say is (as cliche as it may sound) that they made me fall in love with my bass all over gain.

    Would definitely go for another set of these if I ever get my hands on another Jazz Bass.

  40. Trav (verified owner)

    I just purchased a set of 5% pickups for my late 90s deluxe active Fender jazz. I wasn’t sure if they would work well with my bass’s active preamp, so I reached out to these guys to ask their opinion. They were quick to respond to my email and I appreciated that. They shipped to me very fast and were packaged well. I tried them out during our church service today for the first time and they are fantastic. Full, rich tone that I didn’t know my bass was capable of. Now I just have to decide what bass to upgrade next!

  41. rob.mennella (verified owner)

    Just replaced the stock pups on my 2016 American Elite Jazz bass with the Fralin single coil 5’s and it sounds great. Very happy with the choice made. One thing that I find wonderful is to call Lindy on the phone , he actually answers the phone and loves talking with you about your wants and needs! Rare in this day and age to have someone who cares! I made the right choice!!

  42. Fredrick Stephenson (verified owner)

    (For the pickups on the second Jazz bass)
    Using the Lindy Fralin pickups is an enormously excellent experience, just minutes ago in a conversation I was trying to find words to describe what pickups do in general and what a spectacular job of doing that the Lindy Fralin pickups do. Both my Jazz basses now have your pickups on them, and it is a bit of a quandary as to which one to use at any given time. I may be approaching bass enlightenment. ?? . . . oh, good, I can copy/paste a couple of these to add emphasis . . . the Lindy Fralin Jazz pickups are more clear and deeper than I ever imagined anything could be on my Jazz basses. An interesting thing is developing–I am not casting about looking for that next bass, that next variation on tone that might satisfy. It’s right there in front of me. Thank you! –Fredrick

  43. Steve

    Installed a stock set of Lindy Fralin pickups on my ’83 Jazz Bass (with maple neck) about 7 years ago. Very smooth buttery sound, not overly boomy or trebly – just right! A huge improvement from stock pickups. Thinking of getting another set for a ’09 Mexi Roadworn Jazz.

  44. Fredrick Stephenson (verified owner)

    My stock pickups on the Jazz are amazing and wonderful! Words I use to describe them include clear, solid, articulate, even. It will be some time before I begin to stretch their capabilities, and that is an excellent situation to be in. The pickups practically sold themselves to my bass instructor, he tried my Jazz at a jam we were both at, he will be ordering a pair right . . . about . . . now . . . there will be a set of Lindy Fralin pickups on my second Jazz in short order. Well done, folks, very well done!

  45. Paul McGuire (verified owner)

    I recently purchased a ( 5) jazz bridge pickup from the lindy fralin website to match the existing one on my american standard jazz bass and I must say I was not disappointed! What a great tone these things give out. I’m extremely happy with the result and will certainly recommend these pickups to all who desire to upgrade their american standard jazz bass.

  46. WIlliam Frischemeier (verified owner)

    The pickups in my 64 J-bass were really starting to become microphonic. I’ve had good experience with Fralin pickups in the past on one of my 70’s J-basses. So before I decided to rewind them and diminish their value I decided to try the Fralin 10% overwound pickups. My pre-CBS J-bass has never sound better. With this particular bass I’m after the John Paul Jones – Noel Redding type of sound and the new pickups nailed it! I also ordered them with the pickup covers removed so I could put the new pickups in the old covers. I wish I made this move years ago.

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