Warning - LONG POST.
“We are the Mods, we are the Mods, we are, we are, we are the Modifications!”
A few months ago I picked up a used Squier Affinity Jazz Bass and for what it is, this bass isn't bad at all. I am really surprised at how good this thing sounds and plays. If I am not mistaken there is only the Bronco beneath this bass? So again, for what it is I am very surprised at how it performs.
I bought this bass so I could learn more about setup and make some mods and not have to worry about screwing something up of value. I picked this bass up for $150 and I negotiated a set of authentic Fender tuners for another $25. I have not yet replaced the tuners as I will need to widen the peg holes and to do that I need to get my hands on a reasonably priced reamer. Which I have not been able to do, yet.
My idea is to mod this thing from head to body, including a total paint or stain job.
So, I have been fiddling around here and there. My setup skills have become strong, thanks in large to Marco, who taught me how to setup a previously temperamental floating bridge hollow body, and to Dave, from YouTube fame Dave's World of Fun. I've had the chance to see some of Dave's collection first hand and it is very nice.
This past weekend I was replacing the old jazz style tone knobs with some Chrome nobs. I was having a lot of difficulty removing the volume knobs and used too much force and pulled the entire shaft out on both volume knobs… Yeah. I have a lot to learn.
I've now decided to replace the electronics completely (lol) and have a Obsidian Wire solder less wiring harness on the way from New Zealand. From everything I have read on this unit it is top notch and should provide a better over all sound. Certainly better than the Chinese components that came with the bass. God are they cheap. So now what I want to do is replace the pickups and I would like your feedback on which ones to go with.
I've narrowed my choice down to 5.
1.Fender Custom 60's http://www.guitarbass.ca/collections/fender/products/fender-custom-shop-custom-60s-jazz-bass-pickups
2.Fender N3 Noiseless http://www.guitarbass.ca/collections/fender/products/n3-noiseless-jazz-bass-pickups-by-fender
3.DeMarzio DP-123 https://reverb.com/ca/item/2270171-dimarzio-dp-123-model-j-bass-pickup-set
4.Bill Lawrence J-45 http://wildepickups.com/Bass_Pickups.html
5.Tone Emporium TE 07 http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Tone-Emporium-TE-07-Custom-Jazz-Bass-Pickup-Set-fits-Fender-/131475952544?hash=item1e9c93d3a0
You are probably familiar with the Fender pickups and I would still like to hear your opinions on them, but I am also interested in hearing if any of you have experience with the DiMarzio DP 123 and more so, the Bill Lawrence J-45. Apparently these pickups are out of this world. I doubt anyone has even heard of Tone Emporium. They are a small Canadian company.
I would also be interested in any suggestions on bridges. Any advice/feedback is appreciated.