Jazzmaster

  • Single Coil
  • Thick & Versatile
  • Traditional Appearance
  • Vintage To High Output
(17 genuine reviews)

$105$210

Take the tone of your Jazzmaster to the next level with a set of Fralin Jazzmaster Pickups. We have two winding options:  choose between clean and clear to thick and beefy. All USA-Made, assembled & wound by hand.

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Notice

Due to the nature of Raw Nickel, Raw Nickel may contain slight cosemetic defects or abrasions.

Recommendation

We recommend using 2-Conductor With Shield Lead when purchasing a single pickup. 2-Conductor lead allows you to reverse the phase should you have phase issues. Learn More

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Jazzmaster FEATURES:

You know the tone of the famous Jazzmaster. Its unique pickup design gives the guitar a completely unique sound. Unlike a Tele or a Strat, the Jazzmaster is famous for having a large, flat coil, and shorter magnets. These unique attributes change the tonal characteristics of this pickup. To give our pickups a balance of clarity and output, we hand-build and wind them using our “sectioning” technique.

Features:

  • Original Fender specifications, with modern output
  • Clean and clear, lots of Fender sparkle and twang
  • 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

Sound

You can expect a larger-than-life, thick tone that is well-balanced across the spectrum. Expect enhanced clarity, definition, and pick-attack. Lows are loud and clear. Highs have a round top-end, without the sharpness found in other guitars. Single notes will have a nice, solid sonic footprint without sounding thin. We use 42-gauge Heavy Formvar wire and AlNiCo V magnets to give this pickup a beefy, thick tone that you will love. Depending on which output you choose, the tone will change. If you want the cleanest tone, opt for Stock output. If you want something a little darker and thicker, go for the +5% Output.

It all starts here: Our manufacturing process allows us to achieve unparalleled quality control. These Jazzmaster Pickups consist of local fiberboard and USA-Made Alnico 5 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.

We also make this model in a Hum-Cancelling Jazzmaster Set, and a Steel Pole Set, for P90 tone in a Jazzmaster.


Tonal Graph for Jazzmaster:

The tone graph below for our Jazzmaster features Lows, Midrange, Highs, and general Output.

HIGHS
MIDS
LOWS
OUTPUT

Attack: Dynamic & Full

Tech Specs

See below for the estimated DCR and Polarity Information for our Jazzmaster.

SPECIFICATION VALUE
Neck Ohm Reading:7.4K
Bridge Ohm Reading:8.4K
Neck Polarity:Clockwise Coil Direction, South To Strings
Bridge Polarity:Counter-Clockwise Coil Direction, North To Strings
Magnets:USA-Made Alnico 5
Wire:USA-Made 42-Gauge Formvar / USA-Made 42-Gauge SPN
Recommended Pot Value:250K, 500K, 1Meg*
String Spacing:52mm

* Traditionally, 1Meg pots are installed on Jazzmasters. That said, one can use any pot value with this pickup, depending on the brightness you want.

Sizing

Jazzmaster Dimensions


CUSTOMER REVIEWS

17 Genuine Reviews for Jazzmaster

  1. Jordan Johns
    Verified Buyer

    Impressed, strong magnets, and great build quality. I swapped out my factory Squire Jazzmaster Classic Vibes 60’sm pickups with a set of these, I opted for the 5% overwind in the bridge. HUGE difference in output, tone is tighter. I was disappointed with the tone when I bought the squire, the magnets were weak and the guitar sounded like it was suffocating. The Fralin Jazzmasters with the 5% on the bridge will change your guitar tone for the better.

  2. Daniel
    Verified Buyer

    First off, the customer service is top notch. That’s half of what you need from a boutique custom pickup winder so you can get your questions answered. As for these jazzmaster pickups, I went stock on the neck and 5% under-wind on the bridge which is not a standard option. The neck is gorgeous and I imagine most people will be happiest with the stock or overwound bridge, but I wanted to make sure it stayed closer to the fender 62 reissue specs, though it will never sound the same. *I’m very happy with that I got.* The 65 pure vintage pickups I had were a little too thin and bright (and also sterile) but I didn’t want to go too fat and dark either. What I got thickened the tone just enough and took enough harshness out of the highs that with my carefully tuned amp/pedal rig I can run the 1 meg pots on 10 and get a pleasing bright jazzmaster sound.
    It’s worth mentioning that I notice jazzmaster pickups are even more sensitive to pickup height than other single coils, so you can really dial in the brightness with very slight adjustments. Also, the revelation was huge, learning that the capacitance of the cable you use doesn’t change the amplitude of the treble frequencies so much, but actually shifts the resonant peak of the pickups higher or lower on the frequency spectrum. So I now keep multiple cables with known different capacitances and with this jazzmaster, I can make it more midrangey or more sparkly by changing the cable. You can actually go higher to get out of ice pick territory, which is great for keeping sparkle.

  3. Michael
    Verified Buyer

    I bought a set of these for my Mod Shop Jazzmaster. 5% overwind on both.

    The tone is so nicely focused and balanced. The pickups have that sort of touch sensitivity that the best vintage ones have.

    My biggest fear was that the overwound ones would lose that subtlety that JM pickups have. I’m glad to report that this has not been my experience at all.

    Definitely grab these. Fralins have never steered me wrong

  4. Dan Allen
    Verified Buyer

    Love these pups! They sound great – all the guys in my “offset-nerd” group agree! I got the bridge overwound by 5% which suits me well. These are true to JM form – versatile. They sound great bright and clean and can definitely growl and get dirty. Fantastic customer service – this was my first time building my own guitar and wiring a harness and the guys at Fralin were more than helpful, so I appreciate it. Now I just need more Fralin Pickups stickers!

  5. Fendall O’Keefe
    Verified Buyer

    Jazzmaster +5% – Great set – I installed the set with the standard and +5 and they sound great! I had a question during the install and the customer service was outstanding. Get a set!!

  6. Rick Adair
    Verified Buyer

    Don’t get me wound up…;-)

    Playing jazz guitar for over five decades… a loyal Tele guy for the last 20 years (with my Carvin/Kiesel nylon electrics NS1). Recently picked up a Jazzmaster that I modded with JMLF pups. It is becoming my go-to guitar in spite of the fact that it’s the ugliest guitar I’ve ever owned (then again I felt that way about the “chopping block with a neck,” until I fell in love with Telecasters). It’s the tone of the Jazzmaster middle position… both pups through an Acoustic Image head and Raezers Edge cab that inspires me. The Squire pups were fine, (yes Squire), but the Fralin pups have solidified the Jazzmaster as my favorite guitar… for now. I’ll get back to you if I ever mod one of my Tele’s with LF pups. Great product, great service. In His grace, Rick Adair

  7. Jeff Beich
    Verified Buyer

    Jazzmaster Joy
    I am the owner of several different sets of Fralin pickups (strat, tele, P-90 and humbuckers), so this reviewer may be biased. Lindy’s descriptions are spot-on. Every one I have purchased sounded as described and they do it very well. The Jazzmaster pickups (vintage output) are installed in a swamp ash Warmoth body with a maple/ebony neck. The guitar is on the bright side. The pickups are clear and crisp (but not harsh), but also have a nice mid-range. Neck and bridge outputs are nicely balanced and the combination of the two yields some really great tones. Overall, I am very pleased. Recently, I played a Fender reissue Jazzmaster with stock pickups. Okay sounding, but changing to Fralin’s would result in significant improvements.

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