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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'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.
- 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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I have a stock Jazz. Do you recommend upgrading with better pots along with pickups?
Q I have a stock Jazz. Do you recommend upgrading with better pots along with pickups?A
Hey Brad, it depends on the level of guitar - if you have an American Standard Jazz Bass, the pots and electronics are really good quality. If you have a MIM bass, it's worth upgrading the electronics.
I have a 2007 Spector NT 2J, two Jazz pickups equal size. what would you recommend for winding. Stock has active EMG, and I want to go with 2V 2T configuration. What pots and caps would you recommend as well?
Q I have a 2007 Spector NT 2J, two Jazz pickups equal size. what would you recommend for winding. S...... Read moreA
Hey Ray, go with the Stock Output if you're looking for the '60s sound. Go with the +5% if you're looking for the same tone, just a little louder and beefier. We always recommend 250K pots and 0.02 or 0.05 caps.
Hello, I have a Fender MIJ Marcus Miller Jazz Bass and the stock pickups sound weak and thin to me, so I’m planning on upgrading to a set of Lindy Fralins. I would like a balanced tone, not too dark and definitely not too bright. Which wind would you recommend for this bass with ash body, maple fretboard and 70s pickup spacing? Thank you!
Q Hello, I have a Fender MIJ Marcus Miller Jazz Bass and the stock pickups sound weak and thin to m...... Read moreA
Hey Adam, I would go with the +5% Jazz Bass pickups. They feature a thicker midrange while retaining brightness.
Hi. I have a fender american pro jazz bass. The fretboard radius is 9.5. Would it be better to use the raised center?
Q Hi. I have a fender american pro jazz bass. The fretboard radius is 9.5. Would it be better to us...... Read moreA
Hey Benoit, yes, we'd recommend the Raised Centers for a 9.5" Radius.
Hi there! I have a Warwick Corvette Standard 4 strings 1996 bass. Bubinga body, wenge neck/fretboard. I am willing to buy a Fralin J set. Which model you think would suit this bass? I like deep punchy lows and growly mids. This bass came with a passive MEC set which I don't like. Thanks a lot!! Eddy
Q Hi there! I have a Warwick Corvette Standard 4 strings 1996 bass. Bubinga body, wenge neck/fretbo...... Read moreA
Hey Eddy, I'd recommend going with the stock output of our Jazz Bass set for deep lows and a touch of growl. - Tyler
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I bought a set of 5% overwound Jazz Bass pickups for my 2007 Spector NT-2J. I replaced the stock EMG active pickups/Aguilar preamp. The sound difference was immediate and INCREDIBLE! This bass has new life breathed into it. The tone is bright, the bottom hits hard, and when you dig in, it has that growl that you get from a great Jazz bass. WIth Rotosound LD66 roundwounds, it sounds like a hammer hitting piano strings. These pickups are the real deal.
Bought these at a german retailer. Installed them (with a friend’s help. Danke Micha!) in my Squier Vint. Mod. Jazz Bass 77. Installation was blissfully easy, although it was a first for us. What really amazed me: I was a very reluctant slapper until now, cause I never really liked the sound of this bass when slapped. This has changed drastically: Slapping now sounds amazing and “professional” (soundwise) in any position or combination. I now have a variety of slap tones at my disposal, each with it’s own special appeal. Of course the fingered sound is amazing, too. This is the sound i’ve been wanting for years. With this bass I can cover a wide range if genres, styles and sound. For me, that would be funk, soul, reggae, jazz but also progressive rock and Zappa-esque stuff.
To be honest, people at Lindy Fralin: I chose your pickups on a hunch and i will never regret it. You’ll definetely be on board when I think it’s time to upgrade my Epiphone ES-335.
I picked up an early 90s Fender Fotoflame Jazz on a whim because it was light, balanced, and played beautifully. In taking it apart and doing a string change and setup I discovered cheap electronics and wasn’t all that impressed with the pickups.
Some high quality pots, wiring, and Fralin pickups made this thing a beast. The sound is clear, fat, dynamic, punchy, and everything I need a Jazz to be. The difference between these pickups and whatever Fender Japan was using is substantial.
The pick ups sound amazing! I bought the standard wound pick ups with raised centers for my squire modified vintage ’77 jazz bass. It transformed the bass into a great, warm sounding instrument with a great jazz bass sound.
Dropped these pickups in my 2001 Mexican Jazz bass and immediately heard a difference! I gained more clarity, punch, and tonal nuance. Installation was easy and the support from the company second to none!
Fat, loud, punchy, clear, articulate. My Crafted in Japan Jazz Bass sounds just how I want it to sound.