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.
Jump to Sound Clips and Product Info:
'60s Jazz Bass - Captured.
Want to learn more about our Jazz Bass? Here's all the information you'll need:
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.
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%.
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:
Have a question about our Jazz Bass? Ask it here. Your Question will be publically visible. If you want to ask a Private Question, please contact us through our Contact Us Form.
If you have multiple questions, please call us at (804) 358-2699.
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.
Note:Asking a question here will be public to all users of this site
Hey!Did you already ask a question on our Contact Us Form? Don't ask it again here. Please be patient while we get back to you.
GET IT PREWIRED
Go the extra mile and combine our Jazz Bass with a Jazz Bass Control Plate!:
I have ordered two sets now. A 10% overwound for my fretless fender jazz and a 5% overwound for a precision. Both sets just woke these basses up! Excellent tone and deep and punchy. Definitely would recommend either one.
i bought a set of these with a 5%overwind on the bridge pickup. I also bought the concentric control plate. They arrived on time and well packed for shipping. 1st thing, the service was excellent. I had a few questions they were answered within 24 business hours. Between that and all the resources offered at the site i was able to install everything easily and with no problems and actually learned some new tips to help with soldering. They sound fantastic. I put them in a 2001 jazz bass deluxe. its had other pickups but never sounded this good. the Fralin pickups sound so full and rich. it’s the sound I’ve been searching for. With the control plate I get more tone options than original two volume one tone set up. my bass sounds like a million bucks. I couldn’t be happier.
My second set of Fralins don’t disappoint! I recently picked up a late 80s Korean Squire Jazz Bass for my studio and I immediately ordered a set of Fralin J Bass pups (5% over wound). They sound amazing, unsurprisingly. That perfect J-Bass mid range poke for those throaty Jaco like tones. Awesome like always!
I bought a Fender USA Professional II Jazz bass last year during covid lockdown as my first bass and I like everything about it except the pickups.
For the last couple weeks I’ve been thinking to sell it and get other Fender Jazz bass with vintage 64 pickups but man that’s my first bass and I honestly don’t want to give it up so soon.
That being said, I’m not saying the V-Mods II are bad, just not the sound I’m after.
I decided to give it a go and ordered a complete set of Fralin Jazz bass pickups +5%. I put them on another night man it blew my mind! That’s EXACTLY the sound what I’m after, the vintage 60s Jazz bass tone and what surprised me is there’s not much hum even when I run the pickup individually. (Markbass Little Vintage + Aguilar DB112)
Hands down the best investment I’ve ever had! A very well-made, attention to detail, quality products. Highly recommended! AAA++
I ordered the bridge position jazz pickup with the 10% overwind option. Deep bass, and mids. Exactly what I was looking for. Customer service was absolutely great. Thank you.
I can’t believe how good my ‘73 Jazz bass sounds. I got the stock would Jazz set with raised poles. It’s a whole new bass
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.
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
These pickups sound so good. Fantastic pickups, highly recommend.
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.