Fralin Jazz Bass Pickups are fat, loud, punchy, and clear. They have articulation and definition not found in other manufacturers’ pickups. We use all USA-Made parts, and wind and build them one at a time by hand.
'60s Jazz Bass - Captured.
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Jazz Bass FEATURES:
Our Jazz Bass Pickups feature Hand-Built bobbins and hand-wound clarity. Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. These Jazz Bass Pickups consist of local fiberboard and USA-Made Magnets. We wind each pickup by hand, one at a time. Each pickup is wound using our proprietary “Sectioning” technique. This gives the pickup a sweet, clear tone. Finally, we wax-pot the pickup to preserve the pickup and prevent microphonics.
- 60’s Fender specifications, with modern output
- Clean and clear, lots of Fender sparkle and clarity
- USA-made Alnico 5 Magnets for optimal tonal balance and output
- Compensated Bridge for even volume across all pickups
- Two magnet staggers available for different fingerboard radiuses
- Hand-wound with our “Sectioning” technique for unique, dynamic tone
- Hand-built fiberboard Bobbins for unrivaled quality control
- 10-Year Warranty on manufacturing defects
Fralin Jazz Bass Pickups offer a wide tonal range. They are wound to 60’s Specifications, which give them more output and balance. Expect a sweeter tone, with a warm midrange. Also, you’ll hear top-end sparkle and clarity. Nuances will come to life as you notice increased presence. They will break up late and stay clean longer.
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Our Pickups are dynamic – they’ll get punchy if you dig into them. They’ll have top-end spank when you slap them. You’ll also notice they’ll stay soft and dynamic when you play light. Finally, these Jazz Bass Pickups are for those who are not happy with the tone from stock pickups. These tend to be sweeter-sounding, not aggressive. You’ll wonder why you didn’t make the switch earlier.
We offer (3) winding options to help you determine the perfect tone:
- For an era-authentic 60’s tone, use our “Stock Wind”, or, choose “N/A” under output preference
- For a thicker midrange and fewer highs, choose +5%. This will reduce the highs by 5%, and increase the lows and mids by 5%.
- For an even thicker tone than the +5%, you can opt for +10%. This is perfect for anyone looking for an aggressively strong midrange and dark tone. Perfect for balancing out a bright sounding bass.
- If you’re looking for 70’s Jazz Bass tone, use our -5% wind. This will increase the highs by 5%, and decrease the mids by 5%.
|Neck Ohm Reading:||8.5K|
|Bridge Ohm Reading:||9K|
|Magnet Wire:||USA-Made 42-Gauge Heavy Formvar|
|Magnet Material:||USA-Made Alnico 5|
|Bobbin Material:||USA-Made Stamped Fiberboard|
|String Spacing (Neck):||20mm*|
|String Spacing (Bridge):||21mm*|
*String spacing is measured between the center of each set of poles.
Jazz Bass Questions And Answers:
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Hi. I have a fender american pro jazz bass. The fretboard radius is 9.5. Would it be better to use the raised center?
Q Hi. I have a fender american pro jazz bass. The fretboard radius is 9.5. Would it be better to us...... Read moreA
Hey Benoit, yes, we'd recommend the Raised Centers for a 9.5" Radius.
Hi there! I have a Warwick Corvette Standard 4 strings 1996 bass. Bubinga body, wenge neck/fretboard. I am willing to buy a Fralin J set. Which model you think would suit this bass? I like deep punchy lows and growly mids. This bass came with a passive MEC set which I don't like. Thanks a lot!! Eddy
Q Hi there! I have a Warwick Corvette Standard 4 strings 1996 bass. Bubinga body, wenge neck/fretbo...... Read moreA
Hey Eddy, I'd recommend going with the stock output of our Jazz Bass set for deep lows and a touch of growl. - Tyler
hello, I've always played JazzBass, and it's my favorite model, only recently I played a friend's PBass and I fell in love with the fat, rumbling sound. Would the best choice of neck pickup be the +5% if I want to get closer to a Pbass sound. Or would the simple truth be to get me a PJ bass to join the best of both worlds?
Q hello, I've always played JazzBass, and it's my favorite model, only recently I played a friend's...... Read moreA
Hey Mathieu, there's really no substitute for the P-Bass pickup - it's unique design gives it the unique tone. I would strongly recommend going with a P-J Set. All you'll need to do is check under your pickguard to make sure you can fit the P-Bass, and replace the pickguard.
Have 98 mexican made 4 string active jazz bass with a bartolini preamp. I want to replace stock pups with a set of fralins and have seen a couple you tube videos but there were no comments on the winding. I like that punchy tone but do not want all the hum that comes with a jazz pup. Any recommenadtions?
Q Have 98 mexican made 4 string active jazz bass with a bartolini preamp. I want to replace stock p...... Read moreA recommendations? Also is there a link to the different windings offered on a standard jazz bass?
Hi and sorry for my poor english , for play funky music and slap ,on jazz bass made in japan , with body in basswood , neck in maple and rosewood , what is the good pickup ? more 5 less 5 indon't no !? regards Thierry
Q Hi and sorry for my poor english , for play funky music and slap ,on jazz bass made in japan , wi...... Read moreA
Hello Thierry, If you're looking for the ultimate slap tone on a Basswood body, I'd recommend going with our Stock Outputs to start. If you need more high-end after a 30 day trial, we can go with our -5%. Underwinding the pickup will scoop the midrange and emphasize the high-end.
Hi, I play a 4 string jazz... I'd like the neck pup to be more prominent... I have a two part question... I want to order a set of pups... if I had ordered an overwound bridge pup, would the bridge pup be more prominent? If that is the tone that I want to achieve, would I order an underwound neck pup, or would the "regular wound " pup do the job?
Q Hi, I play a 4 string jazz... I'd like the neck pup to be more prominent... I have a two part que...... Read moreA
Hey Paul, if you were to order a set of pickups, we always overwind our bridge by default. So, if you overwind the Bridge and keep the Neck stock, the Bridge will be a little more prominent.
Hi, I was the thinking of upgrading the pickups on my squier vintage modified jazz bass V. What would you recommend? Do I also need to change the pots? Thank you so much!
Q Hi, I was the thinking of upgrading the pickups on my squier vintage modified jazz bass V. What w...... Read moreA
Hey Daniel, We recommend our 5-String Jazz Bass pickups. You don't need to change the pots, but if you want to complete the upgrade, changing your pots is a quick way to upgrade your tone with little effort.
Hello, back in 2012 I had a mike lull jazz bass with fralin single coils. I've heard those pickups were custom wound for Lull. But I'm not sure if they were overwound, underwound or stock. But they sounded amazing and I'd love to order something as close to them as possible. What specs would you recommend to get close to the Lull spec Fralins?
Q Hello, back in 2012 I had a mike lull jazz bass with fralin single coils. I've heard those pickup...... Read moreA
Hey Jim, they are 5% overwound.
Hi, do you post to the UK? If so, what is the cost please?
Q Hi, do you post to the UK? If so, what is the cost please?A
Hey Karl, yes, we ship to the UK on a daily basis. Our standard international shipping cost is a flat rate of $50.
What courier do you use to ship to Canada? I’m interested in purchasing a set of jazz bass pickups. Thank you
Q What courier do you use to ship to Canada? I’m interested in purchasing a set of jazz bass pickup...... Read moreA
We primarily ship either USPS or UPS. Please let us know if you would like either one on the "notes" field on the checkout screen.
How do I achieve the 60's sound with the Fralin Jazz Bass?
Q How do I achieve the 60's sound with the Fralin Jazz Bass?A Select Stock Output. Lindy modeled the Stock Output after the '60s sound.
How do I achieve the 70's sound with the Fralin Jazz Bass?
Q How do I achieve the 70's sound with the Fralin Jazz Bass?A Go with -5% Underwind on both pickups.
What output do I choose?
Q What output do I choose?A Good question. For the most balanced tone between highs and lows, go to the Stock Output, which is a replica of the earliest Jazz Basses. If you’re looking for a thicker and darker tone, opt for the +5% Output. If you’re looking for a cleaner and more articulate sound, opt for the -5% output.
What does “Raised Centers” mean?
Q What does “Raised Centers” mean?A Raised Centers refer to your fingerboard radius. If you have a Vintage radius (7.25? – 9?), you might want to go with Raised Centers. If you have a flatter radius, keep it stock.
What Pots should I use?
Q What Pots should I use?A 250K Pots are recommended with the Fralin Jazz Bass Pickup.
How do I orient the Fralin Jazz Bass Pickup when installing?
Q How do I orient the Fralin Jazz Bass Pickup when installing?A The leads come out of the treble side
Do you have Foam or Mounting Plates?
Q Do you have Foam or Mounting Plates?A As it turns out, we don’t. You can use the styrofoam wrap the pickup was shipped in to mount the pickup – we use that all the time.
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