Jazzmaster

Fat, Beefy, Fender Tone

$105$210

  • Single Coil
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage To High Output

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( 25 genuine reviews)

Take the tone of your Jazzmaster to the next level with a set of Fralin Jazzmaster Pickups. We have two winding options:  choose between clean and clear to thick and beefy. All USA-Made, assembled & wound by hand.

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Notice

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

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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 About Lead Choice

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Features:

You know the tone of the famous Jazzmaster. Its unique pickup design gives the guitar a completely unique sound. Unlike a Tele or a Strat, the Jazzmaster is famous for having a large, flat coil, and shorter magnets. These unique attributes change the tonal characteristics of this pickup. To give our pickups a balance of clarity and output, we hand-build and wind them using our “sectioning” technique.

Features:

  • Original Fender specifications, with modern output
  • Clean and clear, lots of Fender sparkle and twang
  • 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

You can expect a larger-than-life, thick tone that is well-balanced across the spectrum. Expect enhanced clarity, definition, and pick-attack. Lows are loud and clear. Highs have a round top-end, without the sharpness found in other guitars. Single notes will have a nice, solid sonic footprint without sounding thin. We use 42-gauge Heavy Formvar wire and AlNiCo V magnets to give this pickup a beefy, thick tone that you will love. Depending on which output you choose, the tone will change. If you want the cleanest tone, opt for Stock output. If you want something a little darker and thicker, go for the +5% Output.

It all starts here: Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. These Jazzmaster Pickups consist of local fiberboard and USA-Made Alnico 5 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.

We also make this model in a Hum-Cancelling Jazzmaster Set, and a Steel Pole Set, for P90 tone in a Jazzmaster.

Sound Samples for Jazzmaster:
About this Sound Clip:

All sound samples are played from Neck Position First and Bridge Position Last.

Tonal Graph For Jazzmaster:

The tonal graph below for our Jazzmaster features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

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LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

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Tech Specs:

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Jazzmaster.

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Neck Ohm Reading:7.4K 1
Bridge Ohm Reading:8.4K 1
Neck Polarity:Counter-Clockwise Coil Direction, North To Strings
Bridge Polarity:Clockwise Coil Direction, South To Strings
Magnets:USA-Made Alnico 5
Wire:USA-Made 42-Gauge Formvar / USA-Made 42-Gauge SPN
Recommended Pot Value:250K, 500K, 1Meg*
String Spacing:52mm
Recommended Cap Value:0.02mfd 2

More Information:

1 Ohm Readings can vary due to a multitude of factors, including ambient temperature, multimeter calibration, different wire batches, and other factors. Due to this, ohm readings are approximate. Learn more about Ohm Readings here.


2 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.


* Traditionally, 1Meg pots are installed on Jazzmasters. That said, one can use any pot value with this pickup, depending on the brightness you want.

Jazzmaster Dimensions:

Jazzmaster Dimensions

Jazzmaster FAQ's

General FAQs

Here are quick answers to common questions we get:

  • What Ohm Readings does your Jazzmaster have?

    Navigate to our Tech Specs Tab for complete Ohm Readings and more useful information.

  • Will this pickup fit my instrument?

    Check our "Sizing" tab for the size of the pickup. No Sizing tab? Check under the product image gallery for dimensions.

  • Is your Lead Time of 2-3 Weeks accurate?

    It really depends on the shop capacity at the moment, and the size of your order. Feel free to give us a call for an accurate lead time. We always try to underpromise and overdeliver.

  • What pickup height do you recommend setting your Jazzmasters to?

    Our recommended Pickup Height is 1/8" (3.175mm) on the Bass Side and 1/16"( 1.5875mm) on the Treble Side. Measure by holding the corresponding side down at its highest fret and measure from the bottom of the string to the top of the pole piece.

Customer Reviews

25 Genuine Reviews for Jazzmaster

  1. Michael Marsh

    Verified Purchase

    Replaced the stock pickups on my Squier Jazzmaster with stock+5% wound Fralin’s, and wow! The Squier has great bones except the electronics. Replacing the pickups make this a tone monster. Highly recommended!!

  2. John Castellano

    Stellar customer service! Lindy was almost always readily available to answer my questions, and if unavailable, would always return my call. He’s someone who cares about getting it right. Having a vintage guitar, that makes a huge difference to me.

  3. drew

    Verified Purchase

    unbelievable sounding pickups

  4. Shawn Helsel

    Verified Purchase

    Ok, I’m gonna spare you the extended rant of a lengthy review. Maybe. I will however direct you to a couple of reviews I submitted for some Jaguar pickups I also bought previously from this fine LF website. So ditto here for my Squire Classic Vibe 50s Jazzmaster. Everything I said there about my CV Jag applies here; Same story, same upgrades, same mods, same problems fixed, only this time the stock Squire pickups on my Jmaster were worse than the stock pickups on my CV Jaguar. Yeah, they were just pretty terrible. This time I went for a stock-wind neck and a 5% overwind bridge and I nailed it. Apparently others have also. I can’t decide which of the two guitars I like better, but I can see why Jazzmasters are so popular. Anyway, these Jazzmaster pickups further solidify my very satisfying experience with Lindy Fralin pickups. They just sound amazing and take everything I put them through. Again I will say that whatever Lindy and Company are doing with offset guitar pickups in regard to “modern output” is right up my alley. I’m an old guy, I love the old sound, as best I can reference having little time playing offset Fenders, or Squiers as is the case here. But I also like having some balls to get up and go to school with if you understand my speaking. So grab an expresso, or a shot of tequila and go read my Jag pickups reviews if you’re really interested in some offset guitar journey tales. Because I’m having the same great time with this guitar. Yeah, it sure is much more of a fertile breeding ground out there in Jazzmaster pickups land. HUGE variety of options including pickups that look and fit like JMs, but you’re liable to select P90s, strats or gold foils or whatever stuffed into the iconic flat profile JM covers. LF has their own variations, and what a joy that would be to try them all, if I had years to live and do so. For now, I’m gonna run with these I just installed and have already played on several gigs. I’m stoked and thrilled with these basic models and having that slightly hotter bridge pickup. And another thing: I toyed with the option of a noiseless hum-cancelling set, but I’m really glad I didn’t get those. These have such a beautiful clear sound, and I’m not having severe noise trouble, even in high-gain situations. I do have a 50s style anodized metal pickguard, which may be helping. But no, if you want the real deal, get the real deal. Try the noiseless ones later if you find you really need them. I still have plenty to learn, but choosing these LF pickups has been a great beginning. Good luck.

  5. Jackson Bodie

    Verified Purchase

    Lindy is a wizard, I put these in my American Ultra Jazzmaster. Probably the best Jm pickups out there. Especially with the 5% overwind in the bridge.

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