Passive Jazz Bass Tone Profiles

Learn the tonal differences between a few of our most popular Passive Jazz Bass Pickups

 

SJB-1 Vintage Jazz Bass

Magnet Type: Alnico V

Neck DCR: 9.3k // Bridge DCR: 9.2k

SJB-1 Vintage Jazz Bass with EQ chart

These pickups are a faithful recreation of the Jazz Bass single-coils of the early 60s. Our Vintage Jazz Bass pickups stay true to the originals by capturing that warm tone with just the right amount of midrange. The neck model is full sounding and brings in a nice, rich bottom end without being boomy. It is wound Reverse Wound, Reverse Polarity (RWRP) so that it will hum-cancel when used together with the bridge pickup. The bridge model is smooth and punchy and delivers a brightness that is a perfect balance for the warmer neck model. These pickups are drop-in replacements for any American Standard Jazz Bass.

 

SJB-2 Hot Jazz Bass

Magnet Type: Alnico V

Neck DCR: 16.3k // Bridge DCR: 16.6k

SJB-2 Hot Jazz Bass with EQ chart

The Hot Jazz Bass pickups are a hot-rodded version of the classic Jazz Bass single-coil with increased warmth and growl in the bridge and more punch in the neck position. We used that classic jazz tone foundation and added some punch. These pickups are voiced a little lower than a traditional jazz, with a hotter output and fuller low-end than the original, giving you boom without too much top-end sizzle. The hand-ground Alnico 5 rod magnets and custom coil wind deliver a warmer, fatter Jazz Bass tone with a lower midrange growl. The more aggressive attack from these pickups make them great for all things Rock. The neck pickup is wound Reverse Wound, Reverse Polarity (RWRP) so that it will hum-cancel when used together with the bridge pickup. These pickups are drop-in replacements for any American Standard Jazz Bass.

 

SJB-3 Quarter Pound Jazz Bass

Magnet Type: Alnico V

Neck DCR: 13.7k // Bridge DCR: 13.7k

SJB-3 Quarter Pound Jazz Bass with EQ chart

The Quarter Pound Jazz Bass pickups have it all: hot output, great attack, and massive attitude. The 1/4” diameter poles and hot coil winding delivers a full, even response with great sustain and sonic complexity for a powerful tone suited to any genre. You get the higher output of an overwound coil, with the articulation and detailed high end of a vintage pickup. These high-powered pickups deliver all the attitude and punch you could ever want from a Jazz Bass. The neck position model is wound Reverse Wound, Reverse Polarity (RWRP) for hum-cancellation when used together with the bridge pickup. These pickups are drop-in replacements for any American Standard Jazz Bass (Mexican Standard Jazz Basses use two neck-sized pickups).

 

Apollo Jazz Bass

Magnet Type: Alnico V

Neck DCR: 8.79k // Bridge DCR: 9.25k

Apollo Jazz Bass with EQ chart

The Apollo Jazz Bass noiseless pickups are linear humbucking pickups that add punch and articulation missing from standard Jazz Bass pickups while minimizing noise. The Apollo Jazz Bass pickups have a traditional look, but the punchy and articulate tone they deliver is definitely unique to Seymour Duncan. These pickups utilize a linear humbucking design with two coils that sit next to each other under the cover. The way the coils are wired delivers hum-free performance while creating a sonic fatness and oomph that can often be missing from traditional single-coil Jazz Bass pickups and are just what you need to take your tone to the next level.

 

Classic Stack Jazz Bass

Magnet Type: Alnico V

Neck DCR: 11.9k // Bridge DCR: 21.0k

Classic Stack Jazz Bass with EQ chart

The Classic Stack Jazz Bass pickups are vintage-voiced and feature a stack design that is a noiseless drop-in replacement for any 4-string Fender American Standard Jazz Bass. We captured that great Jazz Bass tone from the definitive 60s era, in a noiseless pickup design. The Classic Stack Jazz Bass is one of our most popular pickups and with good reason. It has everything a Jazz Bass pickup should: presence without being bitter, smooth response, and a classic low-end bump. It captures the same great tone as our Vintage Jazz Bass single-coil, but without the annoying 60-cycle hum.

This bridge model is slightly overwound to make output balancing easier, for a perfect match with the Classic Stack Jazz Bass neck pickup. (NOTE: This bridge pickup is the slightly wider American-sized Jazz Bass version. If you have a Mexican Standard Jazz Bass, you will likely need to use two neck pickups, as the pickup slots are both neck-sized on that model.)

 

Hot Stack Jazz Bass

Magnet Type: Alnico V

Neck DCR: 18.6k // Bridge DCR: 25.0k

Hot Stack Jazz Bass with EQ chart

The Hot Stack Jazz Bass is a noiseless pickup that will deliver increased output and a fatter tone for any 4-string Fender American Standard Jazz Bass. We took the noiseless Classic Stack and ratcheted everything up another notch. For the Hot Stack Jazz Bass, we increased the output and thickened up the midrange response, which gives rock tones an added push without getting harsh. The slightly overwound bridge model pairs perfectly with the Hot Stack Jazz Bass neck pickup, for a powerful matched set. This is everything you love about the world-famous Jazz Bass tone, but with more oomph. (Note: The Hot Stack Jazz Bass is based on the slightly wider American-sized Jazz Bass bridge pickup. If you have a Mexican Standard Jazz Bass, you will likely need to use two neck pickups, as the pickup slots are both neck-sized on that model.)

 

Antiquity Jazz Bass

Magnet Type: Alnico II

Neck DCR: 8.70k // Bridge DCR: 8.70k

Antiquity Jazz Bass with EQ chart

Like an old photograph, the tone of the Antiquity Jazz Bass vintage Jazz Bass pickups can spark memories of days gone by and the sounds of another era. The Antiquity Jazz Bass is a faithful reproduction of the classic vintage Jazz Bass pickups that graced some of the greatest recordings of all time. The timeless warmth and midrange punch are all there, along with Reverse Wound, Reverse Polarity (RWRP) construction for hum-free operation when the bridge and neck are used in tandem. The original pickups made their mark where new eras and genres of music began, and we are proud to offer a classic bass tone that doesn’t bend with the trends. Hand made exclusively in our Custom Shop.

 

Antiquity II Jazz Bass

Magnet Type: Alnico V

Neck DCR: 8.10k // Bridge DCR: 8.90k

Antiquity II Jazz Bass with EQ chart

Period correct late-60s Jazz Bass pickups, the Antiquity II Jazz Bass Jive neck and bridge take your vintage thump and add a hint of point to the attack. Built around the next phase of vintage Jazz Bass pickups from the mid-60s, the Antiquity II for Jazz Bass are perfect for the player looking for the ability to keep their tone smooth and clear, yet smack with mid-range punch when needed. These are great recording pickups for that very reason. The neck is also wound Reverse Wound, Reverse Polarity (RWRP) for hum-free performance when paired with the bridge model. These vintage-correct pickups are hand made in our Custom Shop.

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