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Jazz Bass

5.00 out of 5 based on 28 customer ratings
(28 customer reviews)

$95.00$190.00

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.

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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.

GIVE YOUR JAZZ BASS A FACELIFT.

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.


FeaturesFEATURES:

  • 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

SoundSOUND:

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 less 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 701’s Jazz Bass tone, use our -5% wind. This will increase the highs by 5%, and decrease the mids by 5%.

stock Output Tone:


FAQFAQ’S:

  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!

Technical InfoTECHNICAL INFORMATION:

Materials
We use Vintage Specifications. Alnico 5 Magnets.  42-Gauge Heavy Formvar Wire. Hand-made Bobbins.

Ohm Readings
The Stock Output reads 8.4K on the Neck and 8.8K on the Bridge.

Sizing Information

Polarity Information
Our Jazz Bass Neck is wound Clockwise from Ground to Hot, and magnetized North to Strings. Our Bridge is Hum-Cancelling, wound Counter Clockwise from Ground to Hot, South to Strings. 

28 reviews for Jazz Bass

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Dominic Colombini (verified owner):

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

  2. 5 out of 5

    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.

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  3. 5 out of 5

    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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    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!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jovan Tica (verified owner):

    Awesome!
    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.

  6. 5 out of 5

    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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    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.

  8. 5 out of 5

    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.

  9. 5 out of 5

    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!

  10. 5 out of 5

    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.

  11. 5 out of 5

    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.

  12. 5 out of 5

    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!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    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!!!

  15. 5 out of 5

    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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    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!

  17. 5 out of 5

    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.

  18. 5 out of 5

    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!

  19. 5 out of 5

    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!!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Edwin:

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

    • Tyler Delsack – Fralin Pickups:

      Hey Edwin,

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

      Tyler

  21. 5 out of 5

    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.

  22. 5 out of 5

    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!

  23. 5 out of 5

    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!!

  24. 5 out of 5

    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

  25. 5 out of 5

    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.

  26. 5 out of 5

    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!

  27. 5 out of 5

    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.

  28. 5 out of 5

    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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