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Jazzmaster heresy. New pups day.

Wiretap

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Love the Jazzmaster shape. Love the sound, too. Unfortunately, it just doesn't work for the style of music I play with my band which leaves the Jazzmaster sitting at home as a guitar to doodle on when I'm bored off of tour. Seymour Duncan were sick enough to make a custom set of humbuckers for it, however. The bridge is a Custom Custom, and the neck a '59, though I may leave that one stock.



I suppose a photo of the jazzy would be nice, too. '60s Classic Lacquer.

 

PixMix

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Are the covers attached to the pickup? You should let us know how do they sound. I wouldn't mind getting rid of the annoying hum jm pups tend to have.
 

Wiretap

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Are the covers attached to the pickup? You should let us know how do they sound. I wouldn't mind getting rid of the annoying hum jm pups tend to have.
I haven't checked, they seem in there pretty good, though, with wax. Could probably remove it but probably a similar process as getting a cover off a standard HB. And these were wound to the specs of a Custom Custom and a '59, so they will probably sound somewhere along those lines though probably not quite the same in the same way a hot rail doesn't really sound like a "real" humbucker to my ears.
 
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olgluefoot

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Look great man! Don't let convention stop you from getting a certain sound or playing what you want.
 

Wiretap

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Are the covers attached to the pickup? You should let us know how do they sound. I wouldn't mind getting rid of the annoying hum jm pups tend to have.
They are waaaay quieter than the standard JM's. Finally got around to having them put in. I left the AV65 (stock) in the neck and just put the bridge HB in. The AV65's typical hum is very noticeable compared to how quiet the bridge is now. I dicked around on an Instagram video with the two that you can see here. Quite a range of sound with keeping the two in. The middle position isn't on there but reminds me of the neck pup sound in a tele.
 

Tone_Terrific

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I tried a JM that had the SD JM antiquities in it.
Bright. fascinatingly bright. blindingly bright.
Great to play for a while but I sure would not want to only have that.
OP- you have probably done yourself a favor.
 

Wiretap

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I tried a JM that had the SD JM antiquities in it.
Bright. fascinatingly bright. blindingly bright.
Great to play for a while but I sure would not want to only have that.
OP- you have probably done yourself a favor.
They are, I actually keep the tone rolled off a bit to about 6-8 with the new pup, with the old bridge it was much more. It makes a huge difference. The new bridge pup cuts down on it a ton being more of a humbucker sound, but the brightness is still present as such. It's nice to have the option, though.
 

neils

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I was referring to the guitar knobs. I typically turn up the amp and the guitar down. Everything I have just sounds better that way. I'll have a 2x6L6 Fender amp volume on 6 at home. Should be LOUD. It's not. I turn down into the sweet spot on the guitar. 5E3 on 8? Am I nuts? No. An R4 neck P90 is golden on just 4 with the amp set up that way.

With the JM I have the volume at 8 and less, tone pretty much the same. It works.

What I don't want to do is to tweak the JM till it doesn't sound like a Jazzmaster. Know what I mean? I know people who love Strats and in the end they all sound the same.

Neil
 






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