Jazz Bass

  • Single Coil
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage Output
(76 genuine reviews)

$99$198

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.

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!

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

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 More



'60s Jazz Bass - Captured.

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Jazz Bass 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%.

Tonal Graph for Jazz Bass:

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

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Tech Specs

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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Jazz Bass Questions And Answers:

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    hello, I've always played JazzBass, and it's my favorite model, only recently I played a friend's PBass and I fell in love with the fat, rumbling sound. Would the best choice of neck pickup be the +5% if I want to get closer to a Pbass sound. Or would the simple truth be to get me a PJ bass to join the best of both worlds?
  1. Q hello, I've always played JazzBass, and it's my favorite model, only recently I played a friend's...... Read more
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    Hey Mathieu, there's really no substitute for the P-Bass pickup - it's unique design gives it the unique tone. I would strongly recommend going with a P-J Set. All you'll need to do is check under your pickguard to make sure you can fit the P-Bass, and replace the pickguard.

  2. Have 98 mexican made 4 string active jazz bass with a bartolini preamp. I want to replace stock pups with a set of fralins and have seen a couple you tube videos but there were no comments on the winding. I like that punchy tone but do not want all the hum that comes with a jazz pup. Any recommenadtions?
  3. Q Have 98 mexican made 4 string active jazz bass with a bartolini preamp. I want to replace stock p...... Read more
    A recommendations? Also is there a link to the different windings offered on a standard jazz bass?
  4. Hi and sorry for my poor english , for play funky music and slap ,on jazz bass made in japan , with body in basswood , neck in maple and rosewood , what is the good pickup ? more 5 less 5 indon't no !? regards Thierry
  5. Q Hi and sorry for my poor english , for play funky music and slap ,on jazz bass made in japan , wi...... Read more
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    Hello Thierry, If you're looking for the ultimate slap tone on a Basswood body, I'd recommend going with our Stock Outputs to start. If you need more high-end after a 30 day trial, we can go with our -5%. Underwinding the pickup will scoop the midrange and emphasize the high-end.

  6. Hi, I play a 4 string jazz... I'd like the neck pup to be more prominent... I have a two part question... I want to order a set of pups... if I had ordered an overwound bridge pup, would the bridge pup be more prominent? If that is the tone that I want to achieve, would I order an underwound neck pup, or would the "regular wound " pup do the job?
  7. Q Hi, I play a 4 string jazz... I'd like the neck pup to be more prominent... I have a two part que...... Read more
    A

    Hey Paul, if you were to order a set of pickups, we always overwind our bridge by default. So, if you overwind the Bridge and keep the Neck stock, the Bridge will be a little more prominent.

  8. Hi, I was the thinking of upgrading the pickups on my squier vintage modified jazz bass V. What would you recommend? Do I also need to change the pots? Thank you so much!
  9. Q Hi, I was the thinking of upgrading the pickups on my squier vintage modified jazz bass V. What w...... Read more
    A

    Hey Daniel, We recommend our 5-String Jazz Bass pickups. You don't need to change the pots, but if you want to complete the upgrade, changing your pots is a quick way to upgrade your tone with little effort.

  10. Hello, back in 2012 I had a mike lull jazz bass with fralin single coils. I've heard those pickups were custom wound for Lull. But I'm not sure if they were overwound, underwound or stock. But they sounded amazing and I'd love to order something as close to them as possible. What specs would you recommend to get close to the Lull spec Fralins?
  11. Q Hello, back in 2012 I had a mike lull jazz bass with fralin single coils. I've heard those pickup...... Read more
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    Hey Jim, they are 5% overwound.

  12. Hi, do you post to the UK? If so, what is the cost please?
  13. Q Hi, do you post to the UK? If so, what is the cost please?
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    Hey Karl, yes, we ship to the UK on a daily basis. Our standard international shipping cost is a flat rate of $50.

  14. What courier do you use to ship to Canada? I’m interested in purchasing a set of jazz bass pickups. Thank you  
  15. Q What courier do you use to ship to Canada? I’m interested in purchasing a set of jazz bass pickup...... Read more
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    We primarily ship either USPS or UPS. Please let us know if you would like either one on the "notes" field on the checkout screen.

     

  16. How do I achieve the 60's sound with the Fralin Jazz Bass?
  17. Q How do I achieve the 60's sound with the Fralin Jazz Bass?
    A Select Stock Output. Lindy modeled the Stock Output after the '60s sound.
  18. How do I achieve the 70's sound with the Fralin Jazz Bass?
  19. Q How do I achieve the 70's sound with the Fralin Jazz Bass?
    A Go with -5% Underwind on both pickups.
  20. What output do I choose?
  21. Q What output do I choose?
    A 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.
  22. What does “Raised Centers” mean?
  23. Q What does “Raised Centers” mean?
    A Raised Centers refer 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.
  24. What Pots should I use?
  25. Q What Pots should I use?
    A 250K Pots are recommended with the Fralin Jazz Bass Pickup.
  26. How do I orient the Fralin Jazz Bass Pickup when installing?
  27. Q How do I orient the Fralin Jazz Bass Pickup when installing?
    A The leads come out of the treble side
  28. Do you have Foam or Mounting Plates?
  29. Q Do you have Foam or Mounting Plates?
    A 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.

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76 Genuine Reviews for Jazz Bass

  1. Robert Hammill
    Verified Buyer

    You guys are awesome. I just installed my pickups and control plate into my Sire V7 fretless, and it sounds fantastic. So much more bottom end. So much fuller sounding. Looks sharp too! The e-mails you sent while waiting for the build to be complete were also helpful! I can’t thank you enough and would recommend Fralin to anyone and everyone.

  2. Tom Foster
    Verified Buyer

    I had read that Adam Clayton used Lindy’s – I play in a U2 tribute band, so of course I had to try them. I seriously could not be happier with my jazz pickups!! Deep rich sound and the rock grind when needed!

    I also have a set of pickups for my p-bass as well, simply outstanding!

    The turnaround time from order to delivery was shorter than I expected, website was easy to use.. just an all-around great experience!

    I live in Hampton Roads, looking forward to visiting the shop one day!

  3. Muaz
    Verified Buyer

    I was on a quest to mod my own ultimate jazz bass, so I bought a Fender Made in Japan Hybrid II Jazz Bass and started off by doing a push-pull series/parallel mod. Being the perfectionist and tinkerer that I am, I was worried that the stock pickups might not be the best, and started hearing amazing things about Fralin Jazz pickups on a certain well-known bass forum. I’ll be honest, I had never been a big fan of the jazz bass tone. I only bought a jazz bass for its versatility and its neck. Thinking I wanted a thicker almost P-bass-like sound, I ordered a 5% overwind set.

    While waiting for them to arrive, I started worrying whether they would muddy up the sound of my somewhat warm alder + rosewood bass. But no, it’s not the case at all! I’ve finally understood all those adjectives that describe everyone’s ideal jazz bass tone. These pickups have that renowned jazz bass single coil high end sparkle that makes “sweetness” the first word to pop in my mind, *especially* when slapping and popping. The lows are plenty without being muddy, while the mids can be between nicely scooped and fat (not P bass fat though), depending on the volume knobs. I think this is the jazz bass growl that everyone talks about. Pick playing also sounds incredibly punchy. I replaced the stock 0.1 uF capacitor with a 0.022 uF capacitor, and I can now either roll off the excess pick treble or get that Motown sound without being too muddy. I didn’t get the P bass neck tone that I thought I wanted, but instead I got the best pure Jazz bass tone that I could ever produce.

    The downside is the price. Personally it was kind of worth it, but I had to pay the item price + international shipping + import duty (which was 10% of the total cost *including* shipping and insurance, plus a handling charge by UPS; thanks Malaysian customs and UPS) for a subtle improvement. Yep, the stock Japanese pickups were actually pretty great already. Also, the pickup leads were pretty stiff, and it took me considerable effort to fit the huge push-pull pot in the control cavity while pushing the stiff wires out of the way.

    Overall I’m very satisfied. Thank you Lindy! Cheers from Malaysia.

  4. Steve Eisenstadt
    Verified Buyer

    Get a Fender Jazz Bass. Replace original pickups with Fralins. Sell bass for some reason. Get another Fender Jazz Bass. Replace original pickups with Fralins. Sell bass for some reason. Rinse and repeat. I have lost count of how many times I’ve done this. Fralins are my go-to for good reason. Love em love em love em.

  5. Oliver Letz
    Verified Buyer

    I had the bridge PU fail on a recently acquired ’64 Jazz bass. Since the PU did not seem to be original to the bass I opted to have it replaced with an authentic re-creation. After a very nice chat with Lindy we came to the conclusion that it would be best to replace both PU’s with a perfectly matched standard output pair with raised center magnets because of the 7.25” fretboard radius. And so I did.
    I have been playing thetas with the new Fralin PU’s now for about 3 weeks and to be honest I don’t even think of the swap anymore. The Fralins sound authentic, open, articulate and blend perfectly. The string-to-string balance of tone and volume is just about perfect. They complement the mature and resonant character of the bass to produce a true vintage Jazz bass tone. I could not be happier with my choice.
    Dealing with everyone at Fralin Pickups was a joy and I really appreciated the personal attention I received. Thank you!

  6. Randy Gonzalez
    Verified Buyer

    I have a late 90s ( don’t know the exact year) made in Mexico Fender Jazz Bass that had some active EMG’s in it for about 15 years. I decided it was time to get some different pickups and I wanted a set that would give me that classic, quintessential jazz bass tone. Got a set of the Fralin Jazz Bass pickups with a standard wind, put them in the bass, and wow! The tone is fantastic! It’s totally the classic jazz bass sound I was looking for. The sound is also very balanced between the two pickups when used individually and I’m impressed how little hum there is given they are true single-coil pickups. Keep up the good work making great products like this one!

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