Hey folks, I've been the proud owner of a Japanese made Jazzmaster for over ten years now. I've sold Teles, Les Pauls, you name it, but I never would part with that guitar. You know how some guitars just seem perfect for your hands, and you can write on them effortlessly? Well, you hang on to that guitar, whether it's super expensive or not. But I've never actually done anything to fix it up- it's stock pickups and everything. The stock bridge, and if you know Jazzmasters, then you know that ain't a good bridge. So, I've got the Mastery Bridge coming my way as a Christmas present, that will take care of that. If anyone doesn't know it, it's this: http://www.masterybridge.com/home.html And it's a God damned expensive bridge, which is why I requested it as a present. I don't know if I could bring myself to pay that for a bridge. But, that should take care of the bridge. I also have some locking tuners coming for it, I'll get the frets dressed and all that other good stuff once I've reassembled it. But, I don't know what to do for the pickups. My first thought was to get the Fender '62 reissue pickups, and therefore I'd have the classic Jazzmaster sound. The Japanese made guitars are often said to be more like Strat pickups in a Jazzmaster covering, and so I thought I'd have the Jazzmaster sound if I did that. If I want a Strat sound I'll get a Strat. I know I don't want humbuckers in it or anything like that. But then I came across Fralin here: http://www.fralinpickups.com/jazzmaster.asp And I like the sound of the two pickups cancelling hum in concert with each other. What I don't know is if it will darken the sound of the Jazzmaster like a humbucker would. Bear in mind that right now it's a really bright instrument, and while I know that the classic Jazzmaster sound is more dark than the Japanese made models, I still want to preserve some of the sound that I like. Then I come across Novak over here: http://curtisnovak.com/pickups/jazzmaster.shtml And later Lollar: http://www.lollarguitars.com/mm5/me...uct_Code=210&Category_Code=jazzmaster-pickups And apparently there are still other boutique pickups for Jazzmasters that I don't know of yet. Let's say money isn't an object- we're all rich here, right? But I do want to preserve (and augment if possible) the sound and nature of a Jazzmaster- I don't need any hi-output heavy metal pickups in this thing, and I don't want it to sound like a Les Paul. I'm not wanting the P90s sound either, since I'll be getting one of those Les Paul 50s Tribute jobs soon enough specifically to get that sound. Also, I play "alternative" style guitar, not jazz, and not surf. I am hoping to make the guitar less noisy as well, which I'll get to below. So, any thoughts on the pickups? I'll probably just take a recommendation from somebody since I don't know squat about how to go about this, I've never switched out the pickups on any guitar before (and I've been playing for over twenty years). Now, I've got the guitar sounding more quiet because of the pickups, but I wonder if I shouldn't do some kind of shielding and rewiring while I'm at it. I don't know how to do any of that, but maybe I can learn, if I have instructions- there is a kit on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/Jazzmaster-wiri...Accessories&hash=item5ad96aca62#ht_1938wt_907 But I've never done anything like that before. I don't have any idea how hard it is. I can solder and all that. But I don't know the first thing about shielding, or if it will be necessary after I upgrade all of this anyway. So, folks- and I love the answers I get on this site, by the way- what shall I do? This guitar can be gutted and worked on for a long time, by the way, I've got a few new ones. Thanks all!