Second hand jazz

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  1. teleswisster

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    Hi everybody. I’ve been off the forum for awhile. I haven’t owned a bass in ten years and finally got the urge to pick one up. I’m not in any hurry so I’ve been watching the market for awhile. I spotted this cool jazz bass nearby that I think I’ll grab. It’s a 1992 MIM and being sold by the original owner. He replaced the bridge with a sturdy looking Gotoh and pickups with Bartolini, but I don’t know which model. No visible pole pieces on the pups.

    I looks like it has som mojo. Tell me what you think.

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    Having recently bought a MIM Jazz Bass myself I like it. The upgrades are slick. As long as you didn’t pay a ton it’s perfect for someone who is only playing bass occasionally.
     
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    Looks good. 3 knobs ? 2 for the pick ups and a general volume ?
     
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    2 volumes, one tone. He didn’t mention changing knobs. Did they come with knurled metal from the factory?


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    Standard Bartolini.

    Generally, the decision is between Jazz or Precision. Looks fine if you've decided on Jazz bass.
     
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    Looks great!
    Jazz basses rule!
     
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    Thanks for identifying the pickup


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  9. teleswisster

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    A few more pix
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    Those knobs are a replacement as well. I don't know of any mim jazz models that had the flat top chrome knobs (doesn't mean there aren't any- just less likely). They usually had the black plastic.

    Also those chrome knobs sit proud, not flush like they would if they were stock. Probably wrong shaft lenght/diam or type vs. the knob. The Pbass often does have chrome knobs.

    On the 60s jazz basses- they do have chrome, but only 2 because it's stack knobs.

    No headstock shot?

    Either way- enjoy the bass. I have that same bridge on a bass and it is great.
     
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    Looks great!! The mods are fine if you like the sound of the Barts as well!!
     
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    The chrome knobs are a nice touch. I hadn’t noticed they are fitted high.


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    I’m not sure what these Barts sound like. Are they bright, dull, fat, bassy? Are they characteristic of the jazz bass mid range growl?


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    Ima bass guy, and I like that wood, white pg, rosewood combo a lot. Standard bridges are fine, but that one looks good. I’ve never had bartolinis, but I think I’ve read they are kind of smooth and glassy. I’m sure the knobs/pots were replaced with the pickups, so they are probably an upgrade. I don’t think the early 90’s MIM were quite the quality of today’s MIM, but that doesn’t mean anything really. I like it!
     
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    Off subject.....but I'm a real minimalist, especially where controls are involved. When I've played Jazz Basses, I would change controls to ONE volume and ONE tone, with a toggle p/up selector. I know I lose some "tone" variations, but it was OK with me.
     
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    You'd have to look at the back of the pickup to ID them. I don't remember all the permutations of bartolini J pickups.

    Assuming they are the passive drop in replacements- they are either vintage or dual coil humbucking. The vintage ones sound like 60s jazz pickups kinda. The humbucking ones are like a noiseless or lace- they sound great, very clean- no hum in a single pickup application.

    The tone of the pickups is also about pickup spacing and pickup height. I like a clean bass sound and add dirt at the amp or pedal- so Barts have always sounded good to me.

    The active bartolinis have more variation- because the pre-amp makes a big difference as well. I'm not an active bass guy.
     
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    That the correct neck, and it looks in good shape. Tuners look right etc. I have a MIM jazz neck fitted to a P-bass and the neck is fantastic.
     
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