Pickup suggestions for a « jazzier » tone

Discussion in 'Just Pickups' started by Danz, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. Rob DiStefano

    Rob DiStefano Poster Extraordinaire Vendor Member

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    "jazz tone" - a mega subjective subject that can only mean something special to each of us, because there truly is no such thing as "jazz tone" - that in itself is just plain silly. it's like asking "what is jazz?". when you hear it and like it, it is what it is, whatever label you give it.

    if yer concerned about where to start to find "jazz tone", or perhaps a "better jazz tone", just use whatever guitar you have handy and ... make it play, then build on that 'til yer satisfied. what, ya never seem to find satisfying "jazz tone"? that's a diff'rent subjective subject matter entirely ....
     
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    This ^^
     
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    What works for me:
    Duncan Phat Cat (nickel-cover single coil P-90) neck pickup
    .011 strings on 24.75" conversion neck (shorter scale makes .011 feel more like .010 and makes chords melt together a little better)
     
  4. DHart

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    I think most people associate the jazz guitar "tone" with a hollow body guitar, heavier strings, and a warm-toned humbucker neck position pickup. You can get a somewhat similar effect with any neck pickup and the tone control rolled off somewhat.

    Of course, you can play jazz "music" on any guitar, with any pickup, and it will still be jazz music. (Julian Lage)
     
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  5. magicfingers99

    magicfingers99 Tele-Afflicted

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    flat wound strings, reduce the treble, raise the reverb a squosh, change the fingering of the chords and mix up the tempo.

    I've played jazz on everything from an ovation acoustic to a nylon string classical to a strat. its not the pickups that give the sound.

    trying going up a string guage, add a wire wound 3rd if your using a plain steel 3rd.
    its more the eq/reverb and even sustain that give the sound. A roland jazz chorus amp or cosm model of one gives a nice jazz sound to anything.
     
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  6. blille

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    True. Flatwound strings are for me a great tool for a jazzier tone. Not only do I like how they feel but also the change in tone.
     
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    I've got four Teles that have Fender OV, American Standard, Jerry donahue pickups but the one that's got Duncan Alnico II Pros is the one I prefer for Blues and Jazz tones.
     
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  8. El Tele Lobo

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    Cavalier Fat Lion King neck and 12 gauge strings
     
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  9. rich815

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    Ah come on Rob! Just wind the guy a jazzy neck pup would ya??

    I recommend: Jazzy Lion

    :lol:
     
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  10. Rob DiStefano

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    yeah man, a jazzy lion.

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  11. Rob DiStefano

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    nothing to do with jazz, per se, but a cross between round wounds and flat wounds can be the best of both worlds - ground wounds. i've use GHS nickel rockers for years, 11-50 gauge. helps kill the fretting hand finger skritch noise.
     
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    I would suggest a Seth Lover in the neck, and a Little 59 in the bridge. You'll get great jazz tones from any time period.
     
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    my jazzyist tele neck pickup is an Anderson tv-1

    it hard to describe but it with a bit of drive it can sound like Ronnie Dunn with a congested cough very mid like in a good way.
     
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    Wow, I just read the already 3 pages of answers... and the fun part is that almost every answer is a good one on its own !
    Even the ones that advise you to not follow the other advice ! I'm not kidding, everyone 's right, here ! And that may be the most confusing thing...
    That's the beauty of jazz... and the beauty of the Tele !

    Jazz is the medium, the Telecaster is the tool, you make the rest.
    Here are a few recent examples of the great jazz/tele association :




     
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    One simple thing you can do even with a Tele is to move your picking hand position up to the neck pickup, and then roll off the tone knob to taste.
     
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    That’s how I’ve always picked... where do people usually pick?
     
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    I don’t know if that’s ever been studied. I’d guess most pick somewhere midpoint between the neck and bridge pickups. Lots pick over the bridge pickup to increase the treble or twang. Picking position is just another tone tool.

    By the way, an extra heavy pick will also darken the tone compared to a thin pick.


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    In addition to my earlier suggestion of pickups and heavy strings, I submit to you Julian Lage. He plays jazz on a telecaster, often uses the bridge pickup, picks near the neck and also near the bridge intermittently and has gotten great jazz tone out of a small Fender Champ. You can play jazz on almost anything… I think the bigger question is: what do you feel most comfortable and most inspired playing on and playing through.
     
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    I have a G & L Tele with a mini humbucker in the neck. I love it. Great for Jazz.[​IMG][​IMG]


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  20. Vespa_One

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    That Bill Frisell video is the tone I seek.
    Thanks for posting
     
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