Jazz bass bridge PU position - 60s or 70s?

Amps, Cabs, Effects, Pickups, Onboard Preamps
Post Reply
User avatar
slowlearner
Posts: 5391
Joined: 21 Dec 2010, 14:30
Location: Sydney, Australia
Contact:

Jazz bass bridge PU position - 60s or 70s?

Post by slowlearner » 14 Nov 2017, 08:18

Right, so I'm definitely on the right forum for this question. :lol:

For the new build I'm doing, I decided a little more homework re PU positions is probably in order. I've taken a sort of stab in the dark approach before. Some has worked well, some not so much. So what I'm trying to sort out is what might be better in terms of bridge PU position. I've watched a few vids and it seems to be down to this...

60s = Jaco
70s = Marcus

Being a fretless, I'm leaning more toward a 'jaco' sound, but I can be swayed. For those interested, I'm using a custom 15mm thick set of Nordy DC6s. Like 2 J PU coils wound next to eachother apparently.

What I'd like to hear is the opinions of the many J nerds. What do you prefer, and why? Also, what have you used on a fretless?
Bassline "I'm not arguing.... I'm just explaining why I'm right."

User avatar
drbass
Posts: 2564
Joined: 04 Apr 2013, 05:31
Location: Doreen, Victoria
Contact:

Re: Jazz bass bridge PU position - 60s or 70s?

Post by drbass » 14 Nov 2017, 08:27

Pino got an iconic fretless sound with a Stingray - just sayin' ...

Regards,
Michael
- Kermit 6 fanned, Kermit Gaia 6 fretless, Kermit Rockmachine 5, Manta 5, ME1/5, Q 5, (Sandberg Classic S2-5), (Thumb-4)
- Genzler Magellan 800, 2 Genzler BA12-3
- EBS OctaBass, Boss MS-3, Line6 G50

User avatar
slowlearner
Posts: 5391
Joined: 21 Dec 2010, 14:30
Location: Sydney, Australia
Contact:

Re: Jazz bass bridge PU position - 60s or 70s?

Post by slowlearner » 14 Nov 2017, 08:30

drbass wrote:
14 Nov 2017, 08:27
Pino got an iconic fretless sound with a Stingray - just sayin' ...

Regards,
Michael
I had a fretless with a MM. You saw it at the GTG. It went to it's new owner last week.

This new one is getting J style HBs.
Bassline "I'm not arguing.... I'm just explaining why I'm right."

User avatar
drbass
Posts: 2564
Joined: 04 Apr 2013, 05:31
Location: Doreen, Victoria
Contact:

Re: Jazz bass bridge PU position - 60s or 70s?

Post by drbass » 14 Nov 2017, 08:34

slowlearner wrote:
14 Nov 2017, 08:30
drbass wrote:
14 Nov 2017, 08:27
Pino got an iconic fretless sound with a Stingray - just sayin' ...

Regards,
Michael
I had a fretless with a MM. You saw it at the GTG. It went to it's new owner last week.

This new one is getting J style HBs.
:thumbup:
- Kermit 6 fanned, Kermit Gaia 6 fretless, Kermit Rockmachine 5, Manta 5, ME1/5, Q 5, (Sandberg Classic S2-5), (Thumb-4)
- Genzler Magellan 800, 2 Genzler BA12-3
- EBS OctaBass, Boss MS-3, Line6 G50

User avatar
rudager
Posts: 770
Joined: 01 Feb 2011, 12:32
Location: Brisbane

Re: Jazz bass bridge PU position - 60s or 70s?

Post by rudager » 14 Nov 2017, 10:05

I've never played much fretless but I've heavily played both 60s and 70s Jazzes, and I keep going back to the 60s spacing. But only because I play fairly heavy, detuned rock - the 70s spacing seemed to scoop out the frequencies I like too much, the 60s spacing seemingly less severely. But also, anchoring the thumb to the 60s spaced pickup results in much less unwanted finger contact with the bridge when playing hard. :lol:

User avatar
NotTheFish
Posts: 2478
Joined: 07 Nov 2009, 18:49
Location: Bathurst

Re: Jazz bass bridge PU position - 60s or 70s?

Post by NotTheFish » 14 Nov 2017, 10:24

Being dual coil you can pretty much have one coil in the 70's and the other in the 60's. Are you going to do all the coil switching options that are available to you with the dual coils ?

User avatar
BassLine
Posts: 7984
Joined: 04 Oct 2009, 12:36
Location: Sydney

Re: Jazz bass bridge PU position - 60s or 70s?

Post by BassLine » 14 Nov 2017, 12:52

60's PU's blend and balance nicer IMO.
Soloed bridge PU with tone rolled back works better on a 60's IMO.

For a Bright bridge PU tone the 70's wins hands down.... though it can be tricky making that work live. It does work like yin compared with the yang of warm 70's amps with 2x15" & folded 18" bass bins.
Basses: Fender - Rob Allen - Tobias - Duesenberg
Rigs: Jule Amps - AER - GK - Bergantino - Baer

User avatar
slowlearner
Posts: 5391
Joined: 21 Dec 2010, 14:30
Location: Sydney, Australia
Contact:

Re: Jazz bass bridge PU position - 60s or 70s?

Post by slowlearner » 14 Nov 2017, 13:53

NotTheFish wrote:
14 Nov 2017, 10:24
Being dual coil you can pretty much have one coil in the 70's and the other in the 60's. Are you going to do all the coil switching options that are available to you with the dual coils ?
I wasn't going to mess around with switching options, but you've raised an excellent point there! I could have my cake and eat it, it seems. Thanks. :thumbup:
Bassline "I'm not arguing.... I'm just explaining why I'm right."

User avatar
PilbaraBass
Posts: 14970
Joined: 23 Oct 2008, 17:07
Location: Gladstone, QLD

Re: Jazz bass bridge PU position - 60s or 70s?

Post by PilbaraBass » 14 Nov 2017, 19:58

Fretless works best when it’s strong mids and not scooped in tone ...

For this reason , 60s position
'98 Carvin AC40, '07 Squier JDAV, '91 P-bass, '96 Ibanez ATK300F, '15 Ibanez SR605
Kanye West wrote:My greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.

User avatar
slowlearner
Posts: 5391
Joined: 21 Dec 2010, 14:30
Location: Sydney, Australia
Contact:

Re: Jazz bass bridge PU position - 60s or 70s?

Post by slowlearner » 14 Nov 2017, 21:35

PilbaraBass wrote:
14 Nov 2017, 19:58
Fretless works best when it’s strong mids and not scooped in tone ...

For this reason , 60s position
I was kinda thinking that too actually... :hmm
Bassline "I'm not arguing.... I'm just explaining why I'm right."

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests