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Rhysyrhys
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:44 am    Post subject: Let's talk Jazzmaster pick-ups. Reply with quote

Very exciting. Got myself a Jazzmaster fixer up to do. Now Hurb has kindly given me the lippy pickups with it and I'm not quite sure if I'm going to use them or not. Will throw them into another guitar if not, the Benecololocaster needs some lovin', so I might throw one in the bridge there - if that's possible.

What I want to know is that, I've been out of the fixing and modding game since around about 2010, earnestly. What is good these days for a UK chap with regards to getting good quality, authentic sounding, low/medium output Jazzmaster pick-ups? I want to make this guitar a smooth operator with good cleans. A real... Jazz.. Mastah.. you might say.. (sorry). Bootstrap me Shortscale, bring me up to speed. Are we still loving GFS? Do they exist still? Is there some new British brand I haven't heard of?

Let me swim in your knowledge lakes, let me rove your pickup know how dales.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buy the AVRI pickups that people take out - they're brilliant. Start prowling the classifieds at OSG.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

There's the Creamery and Cat's Whisker as far as UK makers go, but if you don't mind the expense of importing from the States Curtis Novak makes excellent sets.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I personally would go talk to Marc at mojo pickups.

I also find the vintage JM bridge pickup as weak as watered down fosters.
I would go for something overwound. It doesn't make it lairy, it makes it a lot fuller like the neck pickup.

80 - 90 for a custom set off of mojo I think.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol, I was looking at getting that but pussied out. I saw that Squier Jazzmaster pickups are kinda cheap on Ebay. Quite good as well.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yep, Mojo pickups.

I've got his pups in my Jazzmaster, Jaguar and Mustang. I believe his JM pups are his bestselling ones. Decent prices too.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The AVRI bridge pickup is just great. I'd recommend a set of AVRIs, you really can't do much better.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It needs humbuckers, fairly obviously.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love the stock pickups in my J Mascis Jazzmaster (purple sparkle), though I believe they are a little hotter than standard JM pickups.

I would stick with AVRI or possibly Seymour Duncan Antiquity IIs.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ekwatts wrote:
It needs humbuckers, fairly obviously.



He said Jazzmaster pickups .. You know.. Of the Jazzmaster variety .. If he wanted a shitty humbuckity jazzmaster with humbuckers he could of gotten a Modern Player .. Razz
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On a budget I'll second the Squier versions. Folk swap them out because they aren't the real deal but in my experience they sound really good, better than the CIJ Fender pups by a mile.
If you want to go the whole way look at SD Antiquity or Fralins.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gotta agree that hotter JM pickups sound great. I quite liked the GFS "Hot" JM pickups that came in the Xaviere I had. I bought a set of Lollars for it, but ended up putting the GFS back in Shocked
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dillon wrote:
Gotta agree that hotter JM pickups sound great. I quite liked the GFS "Hot" JM pickups that came in the Xaviere I had. I bought a set of Lollars for it, but ended up putting the GFS back in Shocked
Please post that on OSG, I beg you.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 18, 2014 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Duncan HOT FOR JAZZMASTER all damn day. They're wild cheap on eBay.

And you don't even have to be a rich amber switch tip nerd to buy them.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

benecol wrote:
Buy the AVRI pickups that people take out - they're brilliant. Start prowling the classifieds at OSG.


Agree AVRI are great as are SD Antiquity II's.
I picked up a set of AVRI's for my partsmaster for 50 over at OSG, start a thread in the OSG wanted section, I reckon someone is sat on a set.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 12:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Rox wrote:
ekwatts wrote:
It needs humbuckers, fairly obviously.



He said Jazzmaster pickups .. You know.. Of the Jazzmaster variety .. If he wanted a shitty humbuckity jazzmaster with humbuckers he could of gotten a Modern Player .. Razz



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PostPosted: Sat Jul 19, 2014 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Rox wrote:
ekwatts wrote:
It needs humbuckers, fairly obviously.



He said Jazzmaster pickups .. You know.. Of the Jazzmaster variety .. If he wanted a shitty humbuckity jazzmaster with humbuckers he could of gotten a Modern Player .. Razz


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ekwatts wrote:
Rox wrote:
ekwatts wrote:
It needs humbuckers, fairly obviously.



He said Jazzmaster pickups .. You know.. Of the Jazzmaster variety .. If he wanted a shitty humbuckity jazzmaster with humbuckers he could of gotten a Modern Player .. Razz



Link



Ok? That was retarded. Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a decent deal has come up for me on some Creamery's Extra Wide Jizzmorster pickups. Think I'm gonna shoot for them at the end of ze month when le pay comes into mon banke account. Avery pickups did seem p cool but the prices were a lot higher and I could only seem to see singles going for the cursory internet search job I did.

You feeling these pickups homeys? Are they going to make me sound like the Tony Montana of the guitar world? I've read generally good reviews so I think I'm going to buy them whateve's but it'd be nice to see what you guys think innit.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 26, 2014 12:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought my Squier VM jazz master with the idea of swapping the pickups, but honestly I think they sound pretty damn good!
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