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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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.
- 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
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.
Tonal Graph for Jazzmaster:
The tone graph below for our Jazzmaster features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.
Attack: Dynamic & Full
See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Jazzmaster.
|Neck Ohm Reading:||7.4K|
|Bridge Ohm Reading:||8.4K|
|Neck Polarity:||Clockwise Coil Direction, South To Strings|
|Bridge Polarity:||Counter-Clockwise Coil Direction, North To Strings|
|Magnets:||USA-Made Alnico 5|
|Wire:||USA-Made 42-Gauge Formvar / USA-Made 42-Gauge SPN|
|Recommended Pot Value:||250K, 500K, 1Meg*|
|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.
* 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 Questions And Answers:
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Can these pickups be used as a direct swap for a Squier Classic Vibe JM?
Q Can these pickups be used as a direct swap for a Squier Classic Vibe JM?A
It should fit perfectly, but we always recommend checking our measurements against yours to be sure.
Do these Jazzmaster pickups utilize staggered magnets for a 7.25" or 9.5" radius?
Q Do these Jazzmaster pickups utilize staggered magnets for a 7.25" or 9.5" radius?A
Hey Ryan, yes, Jazzmasters are built with a tall D string magnet. - Tyler
What pots do you recommend for a standard neck/+5% bridge jazzmaster set?
Q What pots do you recommend for a standard neck/+5% bridge jazzmaster set?A
Hey Ben, you can go with either 1Meg or 500K - go with 1Meg if you're looking for the traditional Jazzmaster sound. You can also go with 500K if you want to shave a bit off the top-end - either way will sound great. - Tyler
Am not confident I’m orienting my noiseless JM pickups correctly. Should the tallest screw be under the G for both pickups or the D string.
Q Am not confident I’m orienting my noiseless JM pickups correctly. Should the tallest screw be und...... Read moreA
Hey Bryan, the tallest magnet goes under the D String.
How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be?
Q How far away from the strings does the pickup need to be?A Push your Low E String down at the highest fret. Measure from the top of the pole piece to the bottom of the string. The ideal starting location should be 1/8" on the bass string, and 1/16" on the treble string, when the High E string is pushed down at the highest fret.
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Fralin does it again!
This is now the 3rd set of Fralin pick ups I’ve ordered, and I continue to be blown away by not only the top shelf boutique craftsmanship – but the absolutely unrivaled customer service.
I’ve have been doing my own Super Squier Build (similar to the ones Black Bobbin does) where you start with a Squier 60’s Classic Vibe Jazzmaster and start tricking out the parts, so of course my first step was to put in an order w/ Fralin as soon as I got it on the bench.
Put me down as another vote for the 5% overwind, which does an excellent job of centering the jazzmaster tone into something much richer and complex, also went with Fralin’s suggestion to pull the 1 meg pots and move to 500k. The end result was absolutely breathtaking. The middle and neck position provide incredibly focused clarity with a wide, fat bottom end, and the bridge provides a super rich, velvety midrange with a great attack.
Hearing Fralin pickups on your guitar is like that moment when you get the perfect new glasses prescription. All the sonic smearing from before is replaced with crystal clear, full range, tight harmonic focus that pays huge dividends in the studio. All my Fralin power guitars sit very confidently in their spot in the mix and are an absolute joy to record.
Can’t say enough good things. If you wanna take your Jazzmaster to it’s full potential – go ahead and hit the “ADD TO CART” button. These are a small price to turn a good guitar into an heirloom.
Exactly what my Vintera Jazzmaster needed! 5% over in the bridge, stock in the neck. The right amount of brightness and clarity, but still enough girth to get some beef out of it with some overdrive and fuzz. In that sense, they make my Jazzmaster really versatile. Fralin’s are the best!
I bought a Nash jazzmaster 4 years ago. I have loved this guitar the entire time. I recently realized the guitar didn’t really have jazzmaster pickups, but p90s. Again, I love the guitar but given my recent realization I couldn’t help but wonder what I was missing out on. So I turned to these (stock neck/+5% bridge) and I could not be happier. I left the stock wiring in place from Nash. This means a set of 250k pots in the standard position and a set of 500k pots in the rhythm circuit. I know jazzmaster’s typically have 500k-1 Meg pots in the standard position, but I was curious to try the 250k pots. I absolutely love it! The pickups have a wonderful top end and are jangly without being harsh. They are punchy and have a good amount of low end and mids. Given the routes in this guitar, I had to add quite a bit of foam to be able to get the pickups appropriately close to the strings. Trust the other reviews, get these pickups!
Impressed, strong magnets, and great build quality. I swapped out my factory Squire Jazzmaster Classic Vibes 60’sm pickups with a set of these, I opted for the 5% overwind in the bridge. HUGE difference in output, tone is tighter. I was disappointed with the tone when I bought the squire, the magnets were weak and the guitar sounded like it was suffocating. The Fralin Jazzmasters with the 5% on the bridge will change your guitar tone for the better.
First off, the customer service is top notch. That’s half of what you need from a boutique custom pickup winder so you can get your questions answered. As for these jazzmaster pickups, I went stock on the neck and 5% under-wind on the bridge which is not a standard option. The neck is gorgeous and I imagine most people will be happiest with the stock or overwound bridge, but I wanted to make sure it stayed closer to the fender 62 reissue specs, though it will never sound the same. *I’m very happy with that I got.* The 65 pure vintage pickups I had were a little too thin and bright (and also sterile) but I didn’t want to go too fat and dark either. What I got thickened the tone just enough and took enough harshness out of the highs that with my carefully tuned amp/pedal rig I can run the 1 meg pots on 10 and get a pleasing bright jazzmaster sound.
It’s worth mentioning that I notice jazzmaster pickups are even more sensitive to pickup height than other single coils, so you can really dial in the brightness with very slight adjustments. Also, the revelation was huge, learning that the capacitance of the cable you use doesn’t change the amplitude of the treble frequencies so much, but actually shifts the resonant peak of the pickups higher or lower on the frequency spectrum. So I now keep multiple cables with known different capacitances and with this jazzmaster, I can make it more midrangey or more sparkly by changing the cable. You can actually go higher to get out of ice pick territory, which is great for keeping sparkle.
I bought a set of these for my Mod Shop Jazzmaster. 5% overwind on both.
The tone is so nicely focused and balanced. The pickups have that sort of touch sensitivity that the best vintage ones have.
My biggest fear was that the overwound ones would lose that subtlety that JM pickups have. I’m glad to report that this has not been my experience at all.
Definitely grab these. Fralins have never steered me wrong
Love these pups! They sound great – all the guys in my “offset-nerd” group agree! I got the bridge overwound by 5% which suits me well. These are true to JM form – versatile. They sound great bright and clean and can definitely growl and get dirty. Fantastic customer service – this was my first time building my own guitar and wiring a harness and the guys at Fralin were more than helpful, so I appreciate it. Now I just need more Fralin Pickups stickers!
Jazzmaster +5% – Great set – I installed the set with the standard and +5 and they sound great! I had a question during the install and the customer service was outstanding. Get a set!!
Don’t get me wound up…;-)
Playing jazz guitar for over five decades… a loyal Tele guy for the last 20 years (with my Carvin/Kiesel nylon electrics NS1). Recently picked up a Jazzmaster that I modded with JMLF pups. It is becoming my go-to guitar in spite of the fact that it’s the ugliest guitar I’ve ever owned (then again I felt that way about the “chopping block with a neck,” until I fell in love with Telecasters). It’s the tone of the Jazzmaster middle position… both pups through an Acoustic Image head and Raezers Edge cab that inspires me. The Squire pups were fine, (yes Squire), but the Fralin pups have solidified the Jazzmaster as my favorite guitar… for now. I’ll get back to you if I ever mod one of my Tele’s with LF pups. Great product, great service. In His grace, Rick Adair
I am the owner of several different sets of Fralin pickups (strat, tele, P-90 and humbuckers), so this reviewer may be biased. Lindy’s descriptions are spot-on. Every one I have purchased sounded as described and they do it very well. The Jazzmaster pickups (vintage output) are installed in a swamp ash Warmoth body with a maple/ebony neck. The guitar is on the bright side. The pickups are clear and crisp (but not harsh), but also have a nice mid-range. Neck and bridge outputs are nicely balanced and the combination of the two yields some really great tones. Overall, I am very pleased. Recently, I played a Fender reissue Jazzmaster with stock pickups. Okay sounding, but changing to Fralin’s would result in significant improvements.