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Benson Custom Jazzmaster Pickup Set

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Reviews' started by Scheckenbacker, Jan 21, 2019.

  1. Scheckenbacker

    Scheckenbacker Member

    Jun 20, 2018
    The Satellite of Love
    Purchased hardware: Benson Custom Jazzmaster Pickup set (8.1k neck, 9.7k bridge)
    Gear used: '13 Fender CP Jazzmaster w/ Rothstein PTB mod (stock 1meg pots, 1meg bass/treble tone pots), Ibanez TSA15 w/ Eminence JS-1250 (TAD 7025WA v1)

    Got my Bensons last week and I like them a lot. They are not traditional JM pups at all though (not that the CP P90s are either). MUCH beefier tone, more like a Strat. Seem to be very low noise too, though I'm not sure how much of that can be attributed to the pickups and how much is because of the cavity shielding. Regardless, they've been very quiet for single coils. Very thick, punchy, but also more bluesy and twangy than any JM pup I've heard so far. Probably because the bobbin is taller and the wire is wound taller and narrower. I was initially a bit dismayed but I have the Rothstein PTB mod on my JM and when I roll the bass down all the way, the JM tones start peeking out. In fact, I don't know how happy I'd be with these pups if it wasn't for the PTB mod. That is in no way a criticism of the Bensons but I bought a JM primarily because of how it sounds. If I couldn't roll the bass off, I would have returned them but it's a wonderfully versatile guitar now. I may get a vintage 65 neck pup down the road to see what it would sound like, but I am quite satisfied with how it turned out, even if it wasn't what I expected.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2019
  2. baiff

    baiff Member

    Oct 9, 2012
    I have a set of his telecaster pickups (8K A3 bridge and 7.5K A5 neck) and they are a favorite of mine. I would definitely consider John to wind pickups for my next project.

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