Jazz Bass

(65 customer reviews)

$99.00$198.00

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.

PRODUCT OPTIONS:
Clear

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.

Want to learn more about our Jazz Bass? Here's all the information you'll need:

Jazz Bass 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

Overview

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.

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.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Video

FAQs

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • What Pots should I use? 250K.
  • How do I orient the pickup? The leads come out of the treble side.
  • 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.
  • Wiring Diagrams? Here!

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.

Sizing

Jazz Bass Questions And Answers:

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5 Questions about Jazz Bass

  1. Hey, sorry if this has been asked already! I have a Squier CV 70s, and want to upgrade the bridge pickup; on its own, it is thin, nasally, burpy, and really low output relative to the neck p’up. I’ve been playing an old Rickenbacker 4003 for 10 years, and would love the bridge on this J to sound more like the bridge pickup on that. I’m not expecting to replicate that sound on a J, but want more of that cutting midrange, and bigger bottom associated with a 4003. Plus some more output to balance the neck better. Would the 10% overwound be a good option for getting my bass closer? My guess is that this option would have less sparkly highs, and more mids, lows, and output. Could you give me some more info on what I might expect? Have been SO, SO satisfied with the Strat pickups I bought from you guys a few years back, I’d love to give you more business. Assuming you think my plan has some merit, of course! Many thanks 🙂

    1. Hey Michael, thanks for giving is another shout! This is a great question. While the pickup can shape the tone of your instrument, the instrument itself really defines the voice. Furthermore, on 70’s style Jazz Basses, the pickups were generally underwound from our Stock Output. So, if you wanted to directly replace your pickups with the corresponding Fralin Pickups, you would go with the -5% set. So, for this instance, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend going +10%, rather, I would go +5%. This would be significantly thicker-sounding and cure that nasal burp-tone you hear.

  2. Hi just I have a 90s made in Japan Jazz bass. I was wondering if having the neck pick up under wound and the bridge pickup stock would it cause hum or an unbalanced sound. Thanks

    1. Hey Marc, no issues with that setup. When underwinding or overwinding, the difference is pretty subtle. You can expect a cleaner, clearer neck tone with this setup.

  3. I apologize if this question has already been submitted, I was getting an error when I hit the “Send Question” button. Can you describe the difference in sound between a set of stock wound split coil Jazz Bass pickups and a set of stock wound single coil pickups? I have your split coil sets in four of my old Jazz Basses, in the following combinations: Stock neck / stock bridge (2013 rosewood fretless) Stock neck / +5 bridge (‘70 rosewood FB) +5 neck / +5 bridge (‘73 rosewood FB) +5 neck / +10 bridge (‘70 maple FB) I am wondering if I am losing anything by strictly using the split coils and not having single coils in one of these? I am putting together a ‘72 Jazz with maple FB and a ‘75 Jazz which will be converted to having an fretless ebony FB. Your answer to the above question will help me decide. BTW, I have a number of ‘70’s P-Basses that I have added a 2nd P-bass pickup at the bridge position (instead of a P/J it’s a P/P) and I have your P-bass pickups in those in various combinations as well, and ALL of them sound awesome!

    1. Hey Richard, when comparing our Split Jazz (stock output) to our Jazz Bass (stock output), our Split Jazz will have a slightly thicker tone but otherwise sounds very similar. When you change to a Jazz Bass (non-split) you can expect a bit more top-end and dynamics. The Split Jazz will always give you a bit of that “humbucker” tone with a darker treble and slight compression. Also, overwinding the pickup will increase that phenomenon: it will make the pickup thicker and darker sounding, with more output and a more abrupt attack.

  4. If I order a set of the single coil Jazz Bass pickups, will they be RWRP? Also, I have a number of your split coil sets in my old ‘70’s Jazz Basses, and I love them, but, I’m wondering if the single coil set will have a fatter sound and be closer to a newer Rickenbacker sound with single coil Hi-gain pups that they use now, than the split coils. Any thoughts?

    1. Hey Richard,

      Yep – our pickups will be RWRP. Our stock wind will capture the ’60s sound with clear lows and highs and a balanced midrange. If you’re looking to thicken things up, we offer a +5% and a +10% wind on our Jazz Bass sets which will certainly thicken up the midrange and increase the output.

  5. I like the way Fender Pure Vintage 64’s sound with a 500k / 500k stack knob configuration. I’m looking for something similar for a 60s Jazz bass I’m working on. I already ordered an Aldere JZ3 4 band preamp. I like funk and slap style playing. Would 5% unwind be what I would need? I was thinking 5% under for the neck and standard wind for the bridge. Thanks for your help!

    1. Hey Rowland,

      If you like the ’60s sound, the Stock output will be plenty “crispy” on 500K pots. The -5% will give you a bit more of that scooped mids from the ’70s-era Jazz Bass pickups. That said, I believe you’ll be happy with the Stock Output. Keep in mind, we have our 30-day exchange policy, so if you’re not 100% satisfied, we’ll make it right!

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CUSTOMER REVIEWS

65 reviews for Jazz Bass

  1. Michael Shapinko
    Verified Buyer

    Yep, definitely feeling good I got my hands on a set of these pickups! Stock wind on the neck, and 5% overwound on the bridge for my Squier CV 70’s Jazz. The stock pickups were/are surprisingly good, despite being underwound (70s style) and a little too thin; that sort of hi-fi sound you’d want for slap (NOT me!). These new ones are simply better.

    The bridge pickup is way beefier/fuller than before, and has a nice smoothed out edge to the highs that I like more; the overwound pickup totally delivered! It doesn’t reinvent the tone, but it does make the solo bridge pickup much more useable for me. They both just have so much more life, and character than the stock set. Even when my strings are fully dead (I like fresh Rotosounds the most), there is still a full and lively tone.

    Definitely a “sweeter” sound, as advertised, and just so full of life. They compliment the natural brightness and growl of the bass so perfectly for my needs. Even had a phone call from Mr. Fralin himself, to go over exactly what I was looking for; a really unexpected and totally awesome touch from a small business absolutely nailing it.

  2. Andreas Tieber
    Verified Buyer

    Simply the best!

    I use your PUs on 24 (in words: twenty-four) of my Fender Jazz- and P-basses and I never heard better sounding stuff! Thank you very much for that! All the best, Andreas

  3. Christian Melink
    Verified Buyer

    These pickups sound so good. Fantastic pickups, highly recommend.

  4. Thomas McFadden
    Verified Buyer

    A little disappointed

    I have a cheap Squire Jazz bass and decided to upgrade the pickups. I researched pickups and read reviews and Fralin came out on top as the ones to get. The first inkling of things to come was when I looked at the pickup measurement diagram and the bridge cover screw dimensions on the website did not match mine. I called to voice my concerns before ordering the pickups and was told they had not heard about this problem before. We decided that we should be able to make them work and ordered the pickups based on what my style of play would be. When I received the pickups they perfectly matched the screw pattern of my original pickups, not matching their website dimensions. Anyway after installing and adjusting the pickups I can honestly say that they sound almost the same as the stock pickups. In fact I almost like the sound of the stock pickups better. The stock ones seem to have more bite. I was looking for the wow factor and it just wasn’t there. Sorry guys.

  5. Michael Shapinko

    Hey, sorry if this has been asked already! I have a Squier CV 70s, and want to upgrade the bridge pickup; on its own, it is thin, nasally, burpy, and really low output relative to the neck p’up. I’ve been playing an old Rickenbacker 4003 for 10 years, and would love the bridge on this J to sound more like the bridge pickup on that. I’m not expecting to replicate that sound on a J, but want more of that cutting midrange, and bigger bottom associated with a 4003. Plus some more output to balance the neck better. Would the 10% overwound be a good option for getting my bass closer? My guess is that this option would have less sparkly highs, and more mids, lows, and output. Could you give me some more info on what I might expect? Have been SO, SO satisfied with the Strat pickups I bought from you guys a few years back, I’d love to give you more business. Assuming you think my plan has some merit, of course! Many thanks 🙂

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Hey Michael, thanks for giving is another shout! This is a great question. While the pickup can shape the tone of your instrument, the instrument itself really defines the voice. Furthermore, on 70’s style Jazz Basses, the pickups were generally underwound from our Stock Output. So, if you wanted to directly replace your pickups with the corresponding Fralin Pickups, you would go with the -5% set. So, for this instance, I wouldn’t necessarily recommend going +10%, rather, I would go +5%. This would be significantly thicker-sounding and cure that nasal burp-tone you hear.

  6. Marc

    Hi just I have a 90s made in Japan Jazz bass. I was wondering if having the neck pick up under wound and the bridge pickup stock would it cause hum or an unbalanced sound. Thanks

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Hey Marc, no issues with that setup. When underwinding or overwinding, the difference is pretty subtle. You can expect a cleaner, clearer neck tone with this setup.

  7. Richard Carr

    I apologize if this question has already been submitted, I was getting an error when I hit the “Send Question” button. Can you describe the difference in sound between a set of stock wound split coil Jazz Bass pickups and a set of stock wound single coil pickups? I have your split coil sets in four of my old Jazz Basses, in the following combinations: Stock neck / stock bridge (2013 rosewood fretless) Stock neck / +5 bridge (‘70 rosewood FB) +5 neck / +5 bridge (‘73 rosewood FB) +5 neck / +10 bridge (‘70 maple FB) I am wondering if I am losing anything by strictly using the split coils and not having single coils in one of these? I am putting together a ‘72 Jazz with maple FB and a ‘75 Jazz which will be converted to having an fretless ebony FB. Your answer to the above question will help me decide. BTW, I have a number of ‘70’s P-Basses that I have added a 2nd P-bass pickup at the bridge position (instead of a P/J it’s a P/P) and I have your P-bass pickups in those in various combinations as well, and ALL of them sound awesome!

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Hey Richard, when comparing our Split Jazz (stock output) to our Jazz Bass (stock output), our Split Jazz will have a slightly thicker tone but otherwise sounds very similar. When you change to a Jazz Bass (non-split) you can expect a bit more top-end and dynamics. The Split Jazz will always give you a bit of that “humbucker” tone with a darker treble and slight compression. Also, overwinding the pickup will increase that phenomenon: it will make the pickup thicker and darker sounding, with more output and a more abrupt attack.

  8. Richard Carr

    If I order a set of the single coil Jazz Bass pickups, will they be RWRP? Also, I have a number of your split coil sets in my old ‘70’s Jazz Basses, and I love them, but, I’m wondering if the single coil set will have a fatter sound and be closer to a newer Rickenbacker sound with single coil Hi-gain pups that they use now, than the split coils. Any thoughts?

    • Tyler Delsack
      (store manager)

      Hey Richard,

      Yep – our pickups will be RWRP. Our stock wind will capture the ’60s sound with clear lows and highs and a balanced midrange. If you’re looking to thicken things up, we offer a +5% and a +10% wind on our Jazz Bass sets which will certainly thicken up the midrange and increase the output.

  9. François Richardson
    Verified Buyer

    The real deal! I needed a replacement bridge pu for my original seventies Jazz Bass. The Fralin bridge pickup matched my instrument and the original Fender neck pickup very nicely. Honest woody jb tone. The person who helped me was very nice and offered questions to make sure the pickup would be a good fit.

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