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Building a Jazzmaster - What Non-Jazzmaster Pickups?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by timmers, May 16, 2011.

  1. timmers

    timmers Supporting Member

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    Gear Page Tone Gurus -

    Here's the deal: I'm building a Jazzmaster-ish guitar, but don't want to use the traditional Jazzmaster-style pickup (I have another JM that has these tones covered). I'm thinking I'd like to pop some humbuckers in there, but am lost in the vast array of available choices.

    I play: all styles, but mainly get gigs in roots, indie pop/rock, Americana-ish, blues

    Looking for: humbucker or other style pickup with "vintage-y" (low) output, good clarity and snap, rolls off well.

    Shoot me any ideas, if you're feeling so inclined! THANKS!
     
  2. supa-fuzz

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    WCR pickups, my main guitar is a Les Paul with Godwoods, they accomplish all your criteria mentioned.

    http://www.wcrguitar.com/
     
  3. Fab4ever

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    Gretsch Filtertrons or TV Jones Classics!
     
  4. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    How about Lee Ranaldo's idea of Wide Range buckers?

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    Agreed, Filtertrons look cool too:

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    Dunno what that bridge is, or even what you'd call this offset at this point, but the neck is a Lace Alumitone, and looks killer:

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  5. Virtual Pariah

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    P-Rails.

    Then you can re-purpose the switching options.
     
  6. Ciroxin

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    I would try mini humbuckers. I am actually deciding on buying one amazing Jazzmaster body made of poplar with maple/brazilian rosewood neck with mini hums in it. Amazing guitar but I definitely do not need it. The thing is that the guy who is selling it is the best luthier around with almost cult following and this is one of his personal guitars!

    Oh my... GAS is strong as always.
     
  7. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    Seymour Duncan Seth Lover pickups are exactly what you need. Here's the link. I use them and love them...and we play somewhat similar music.

    http://www.seymourduncan.com/products/electric/humbucker/vintage/sh55_seth_lover/

    You're welcome in advance, you can thank me later. ;)
     
  9. zastruga

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    I'm in the process of building this, based off an idea from an OSG forum member:

    Edit: Forgot to mention, the pups are TV Jones Classics. Don't have the rest of the guitar yet, but I put the pickups in a Les Paul knock off for the time being and they sound fantastic. Definitely a long way from the normal Jazzmaster pickups, if that's what you're going for.

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    Would also be cool to put Jaguar pickups in a Jazzmaster, though that's not straying TOO far from the norm.
     
  10. zastruga

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    Or what about three Jaguar pickups in a Strat configuration?
     
  11. Jahn

    Jahn Listens to Johnny Marr, plays like John Denver Supporting Member

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    I did something close to that with a Bass VI build, used Area noiseless strat pickups so there's your humbucking type thing right there, but still a "low wind" sound. And bingo, that selector lets you get all the strat pickup selections including the quacky 2 and 4 positions!

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  12. Mitch T

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    What kind of wood are you using for neck and body? Surprised no one asked this before giving advice about pickups, especially over here, where 'tone' is king. :munch
    I have a custom, mahogany Jazzmaster myself in which I popped a p90 at the neck and a humbucker at the bridge, both low to medium output. The middle position sounds surprisingly open, but it still has all the balls on the neck and bridge position you'd expect.
    I've had a TV Classic/Classic+ combo as well. Neck was pretty clear sounding, almost too much so. Bridge had a nice balanced mid growl to it, but the middle position was a bit dull sounding. Wouldn't recommend it with these wood types.

    On my traditional alder/maple JM, I've had different kinds of pickups and must say: the closest to traditional (Novak JM-V neck and JM Fat bridge) sound absolutely stellar. Didn't care for the JM90 people rave about, too compressed.

    No experience, but absolutely confident they will sound great: the new Widebucker offerings from Novak and the likes.
     
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    Tri-sonics would be cool. JM meets BM!
     
  15. Davo17

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    Get a pair of p-rails, even with the split shot rings.

    It will give you Jazzmaster/Tele/Strat tones and plenty of others. With the rings, its pretty easy to get ALL tonal options out of the p-rails. (series/parallel/rail/p90).

    Pics from another forum...
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    Firebirds are really cool! They get it done.
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