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    Default JAZZMASTER PICKUPS

    Hello,

    I have a MIJ 98 Jazzmaster and I want to change the pickups.

    What do you think are the best jazzmaster pickups?? (apart from the vintage originals of course)

    The new fender american, the seymor duncan (the normals, the hot, the quater pound) any other...

    Many Thanks

    Evol

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    Hello Evol.
    I have had 2 Jazzmasters - one MIJ and one CIJ. I replaced the pu's on both. On one I put the Seymore Duncan quarter pounders and I liked them OK. On the other I put the Seymour Duncan Vintage Jazzmaster pickups and I thought them a bit more layed back but probably closer to the original Jazzmaster pickups. I guess I like the Vintage the best. A set of either will run you about $110 - $125 plus shipping from Guitar Parts Resouce (GuitarPartsResource.com). I have heard good things online about the Seymour Duncan Antiquity II's but NOT about the Antiquity I's. Don't think anyone likes the I's too much. The II's will run you $150-160 plus shipping. The best buy and what I would try myself now would be the Fender USA pickups - the ones that come on the USA Jazzmasters now. They would go for a bit over $100.00 and would be close to the '60's Jazzmaster sound I would think. Be sure to check out Harmony Central for PU reviews - these people have made all the mistakes already so we don't have to. But one thing is for sure, the MIJ/CIJ Jazzmaster pickups need replacing. When you take them out and look at them side by side with a good replacement, you will see they are not much more than a Stratocaster pickup streached out a bit. The windings are sparse and the whole pickup is not very deep. If you ever have heard a Jazzmaster with good pickups, you will know how stepped down the imports are. Don't get me wrong, I like them and their price, just replace their pickups. MIKE

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    Welcome aboard! That's some good advice too. 8)
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    Thanks for the answer!

    I have been talked that these: www.curtisnovak.com are great, I am still researching, also found this http://www.lollarguitars.com/Pickups.htm looks great too.

    Regards

    Evol

 

 

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