View Full Version : Jazzmaster tones with a Strat, or Tele? (Pup suggestions)
10-14-2009, 06:10 PM
So I'm wondering if anyone has any suggestion on pups for a strat or tele that can get similar tones to that of a JM. I'm wanting something pretty round bottom, chimey, and a nice frequency range.
10-14-2009, 06:11 PM
10-14-2009, 07:38 PM
That's a first!
Can I be the first to say "If you want jazzmaster tones, get a jazzmaster?"
Seriously though, jazzmaster pickups are very unique. They have a very sharp attack, and not a lot of sustain. P-90's meet your tone criteria, but don't sound or react like jazzmaster pup's.
10-14-2009, 07:43 PM
I'd like to not have to route the body or pickguard.
10-14-2009, 07:45 PM
Why not just build a Strat or Tele with Jazzmaster pickups? It is difficult to find a certain model pickup that sounds like another pickup. For example I need a Strat pickup that sounds like a humbucker. There may be some pickups that get close but because each design is different they will have their own individual characteristics. So I say put the JM pickups in thatStrat or Tele build.
10-14-2009, 08:00 PM
..nothing sounds quite as big as a jazzmaster can. That big round, full frequency, grand piano thing. The string response from the shallow break angle and string length behind the bridge is part of it too. as is an alder body with some mass to it. I have lots of great guitars and none will quite get there. I'll put another JM together one day, i used to play them all the time but have been without one for the lasdt few months.
As for suggestions, JM pickups in an alder bodied strat probably, if it has to be a strat or a tele. A tele is a miles away, the strat is much closer.
10-14-2009, 08:45 PM
you can get a chimey "neck and bridge together" tone with a tele that a JM can also get, but otherwise forget it. the tele and the strat were both physically designed to maximize sustain, while the JM was deliberately designed to minimize it. pickups won't change that, especially without routing.
10-14-2009, 10:55 PM
Hm... Thanks for the feedback! :)
10-14-2009, 11:14 PM
I have Suhr V60LPs in my strat but you can probably just use your current pickups - install a blender pot. Combining the bridge pickup with the neck does surf just fine - that is all I need to get a JM vibe.
10-15-2009, 05:34 AM
Without repeating what the above have already said, the closest I have ever gotten is with Lollar Specials in either a strat or Tele. It will not be a JM tone but it will be big and fat. Throw in some 500K pots to open up the pickups even more to get that attack thing going. Klein makes big open pups as well, check out his S-1 with a .022 cap.
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