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Hi all. I love this bass but the pickups aren't hot enough for my liking so I'm hoping to change them for some Seymour Duncan ones. Will this be an issue due to the stacked knob controls? Obviously most jazzes are volume, volume, tone and this one isn't.

Just hoping it would be an easy swap. Thanks in advance for any help or advice, Dave.

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I’ve changed the pickups in my stacked knob jazz a few times with no issues at all, 🙂

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3 hours ago, dave74200 said:

Hi all. I love this bass but the pickups aren't hot enough for my liking so I'm hoping to change them for some Seymour Duncan ones. Will this be an issue due to the stacked knob controls? Obviously most jazzes are volume, volume, tone and this one isn't.

Just hoping it would be an easy swap. Thanks in advance for any help or advice, Dave.

If you sell the flea pups I’d be interested dude

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The pups in that bass are excellent, like REALLY good imo. 

Spec: American-made Pure Vintage ’64 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups.

They are growly and loud....I think.

 

 

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19 hours ago, Musicman20 said:

The pups in that bass are excellent, like REALLY good imo. 

Spec: American-made Pure Vintage ’64 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups.

They are growly and loud....I think.

 

 

They are lovely pickups mate but they don't suit the heavy rock band I play in.

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On 28/01/2020 at 15:19, Musicman20 said:

The pups in that bass are excellent, like REALLY good imo. 

Spec: American-made Pure Vintage ’64 Jazz Bass single-coil pickups.

They are growly and loud....I think.

Agreed - one reason why I got one!

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Turn up your amps bass and volume more? 

Otherwise Dimarzio Model Js are brill. 

If you do change pups, instead of getting the soldering iron out just cut the wires of the pickups a couple of inches from the pots and install small Connector blocks on each one. You can then easily try different pickups to your hearts content just by using a small screwdriver. 

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Just to update. Changed them for SD Quarter Pounders and it’s definitely the right decision for me. Gives me that thump and high response I love. Gigged then last night and they were amazing. Horses for courses I guess!!

  

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The Flea Jazz pickups are so loud and aggressive, I'm very surprised they didn't suit the rock sound.  They sounded excellent in my Power Metal band of the time!

But glad the SD's are working out for you!

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It’s not so much volume mate. They just sounded too weak and I found myself needing to dig in too much. I like a soft touch but high output.

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20 hours ago, dave74200 said:

It’s not so much volume mate. They just sounded too weak and I found myself needing to dig in too much. I like a soft touch but high output.

I can totally relate: My experience with the flea was the same. Oddly enough, I found the pups much too 'dark' . 

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Hmm.  QC could be a issue, mine were louder than my Dingwalls humbuckers and if anything too bright and cutting....

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6 minutes ago, Kev said:

Hmm.  QC could be a issue, mine were louder than my Dingwalls humbuckers and if anything too bright and cutting....

I think so. Mine was really nice overall but the pickup routing on the bridge pup was oversized and very sloppy (surprising given the CNC tech).

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On 01/02/2020 at 10:02, dave74200 said:

Just to update. Changed them for SD Quarter Pounders and it’s definitely the right decision for me. Gives me that thump and high response I love. Gigged then last night and they were amazing. Horses for courses I guess!!

  

LOL!

Just twigged who you are Dave...

I have to admit categorically NO shortage of thump on Saturday night 🙂

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50 minutes ago, Stub Mandrel said:

LOL!

Just twigged who you are Dave...

I have to admit categorically NO shortage of thump on Saturday night 🙂

Who's this then?

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7 hours ago, dave74200 said:

Who's this then?

The guy who stole your seat in the van and was ligging all night stealing your beer and egg mayo sarnies! 🤣

 

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On 03/02/2020 at 21:02, Stub Mandrel said:

The guy who stole your seat in the van and was ligging all night stealing your beer and egg mayo sarnies! 🤣

 

Well hello there!! Good to see you on the basschat scene mate!!

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24 minutes ago, dave74200 said:

Well hello there!! Good to see you on the basschat scene mate!!

You too Dave!

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1 hour ago, hiram.k.hackenbacker said:

Now there’s a word I haven’t seen for a while 😂

Yeah, thought it was a word from days gone by.

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2 minutes ago, Lozz196 said:

Yeah, thought it was a word from days gone by.

I'm from days gone by 🙂

 

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9 hours ago, hiram.k.hackenbacker said:

Very popular in Kerrang in the 80’s as I recall. 

There was also the 'Celeb by Ligger' strip in Etavirp Yee...

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Saw @dave24421 last night, playing the Flea with Dunlop 1/4 pounders through a Bass Terror and 6x10.

Really great 'growling' sound but what struck me was how it kept plenty of power behind the sound right up past the 12th fret, without any compression.

Dropped D last song and I could feel my insides wobbling 20 feet from the rig 🙂!

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