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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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.
- 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.
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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%.
See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Jazz Bass.
|Neck Ohm Reading:||8.5K|
|Bridge Ohm Reading:||9K|
|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|
**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 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?
Q hello, I've always played JazzBass, and it's my favorite model, only recently I played a friend's...... Read moreA
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.
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?
Q Have 98 mexican made 4 string active jazz bass with a bartolini preamp. I want to replace stock p...... Read moreA recommendations? Also is there a link to the different windings offered on a standard jazz bass?
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
Q Hi and sorry for my poor english , for play funky music and slap ,on jazz bass made in japan , wi...... Read moreA
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.
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?
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 moreA
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.
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!
Q Hi, I was the thinking of upgrading the pickups on my squier vintage modified jazz bass V. What w...... Read moreA
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.
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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!!
When i want 60s in bridge 70s neck , how % bridge and % neck.thx
You want a Stock Bridge, and a -5% Neck!
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.
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!
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!!
(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
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.
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!
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.
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.