Poll: Which maker?
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View poll results: Which maker?
Lollar
2 50%
Fralin
0 0%
Novak
1 25%
Other (please specify)
1 25%
Voters: 4.
#1
Hey hey everyone!

Well, I have been a lurker here for years, but now I'm coming to the forum with some needs. I am currently trying to choose some new pickups for a Jazzmaster that I am building. I have narrowed it down to three "boutique" pickup makers: Jason Lollar, Lindy Fralin, and Curtis Novak. However, since I do not have the opportunity nor the funds to try out pickups from all three makers, I need help picking one maker definitively.

As for what I am looking for, I play a lot of shoegaze, post-rock, ambient stuff as well as a nice dose of funk. I also love fingerstyle. So the pickups I am looking for would need to be warm, fat, clear, not shrill, and not overly trebly. Right now, for the neck, I am leaning on the Novaks, the JM-FAT in particular, but I am completely undecided on the bridge. However, I have heard many great things about Fralin and Lollar pickups as well, so I am by no means set in my choice.

So, what would you suggest? Any particular model? How about a different pickup maker?

Links to the sites:
http://www.curtisnovak.com/pickups/jazzmaster.shtml
http://www.fralinpickups.com/jazzmaster.asp
http://www.lollarguitars.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=jazzmaster-pickups
#3
Right on man, thanks for your input.

I had noticed your post about the importance of pots and capacitors. Would you recommend this combo for a jazzmaster? Like I said, I am in the process of building it. The whole electronics scheme is being determined now that the basic body and neck are put together.

http://www.rsguitarworks.net/rsstore/product_info.php?cPath=31_60&products_id=410

Since I'm forgoing the rhythm / lead circuit common in most jazzmasters, this tele setup should work fine with the jazzmaster.
#5
Quote by Mr. Jiggy Fly
Right on man, thanks for your input.

I had noticed your post about the importance of pots and capacitors. Would you recommend this combo for a jazzmaster? Like I said, I am in the process of building it. The whole electronics scheme is being determined now that the basic body and neck are put together.

http://www.rsguitarworks.net/rsstore/product_info.php?cPath=31_60&products_id=410

Since I'm forgoing the rhythm / lead circuit common in most jazzmasters, this tele setup should work fine with the jazzmaster.
that setup should work great, the RS super pots are a great, cheap upgrade that go a long way into making your controls that much more responsive. I can't speak on the RS Jenson caps though, I just use nos Russians that you can find for $5 a pop (really, they're just as good, those $20 Luxe bumblebee reissues are just rebranded Russian silvers)
Last edited by al112987 at Jul 21, 2009,
#7
I'm a big supporter of the pots, but really you could probably save some money with different caps. Those are RS Jensons are pricey and honestly imo these work just as well...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Vintage-Russian-PIO-Capacitor-Jazz-P-Bass-0-047uF-0-047_W0QQitemZ300322534658QQcmdZViewItemQQptZGuitar_Accessories?hash=item45ec9e3502&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_trkparms=65%3A12|66%3A2|39%3A1|72%3A1205|293%3A1|294%3A50
#8
Thanks for the advice, I wasn't sure about the caps. They did seem pricey, but I figured that that was part of the quality (both build and sound).

Stewmac offers some caps, but they seem way too chincy to be taken seriously.
#9
oh god no, stew mac sells the horrible ceramic disk caps, those are the worst. most people will tell you PIO are the best, imo they have a warmer, smoother, tone roll off. The big thing is how they sound when you roll off your tone.

there is a lot of snake oil surrounding tone caps (seriously go run a search at mylespaul, they're the worst about it), I don't really know how much better the Russian PIO ones are than say... polyester Orange drops (?) but I do know that I got a much nicer, much smoother and warmer tone roll off with the Russians compared to the ceramic disks. It's not a HUGE difference, but it's noticeable and it's a worthy investment (I mean, they're cheap, $5), especially if you like to use your tone knob.
#10
Thanks for the tips once again man. I was checking out those Orange Drop caps as well. Still lookinging into the various ratings and build materials.

So, back to the original question :P

Anyone have opinions on Jazzmaster p/us?
#11
I don't own a Jazzmaster so I can't give a first hand opinion, but I know a lot of Jazzmaster owners love Lollar Pickups and Novak pickups, so I'd go for something from them.
#12
Thanks for the input man, I appreciate it.

I've been checking out the Lollars (which cost about the same) and they seem to be held in high esteem.

And, unlike the Novaks, they include pickup covers
#13
Jason Lollar is a cool dude, and he along with Lindy Fralin are some of the few custom pickup makers that actually make pickups outside of just strat style single coils and humbuckers. Everyone who has tried Lollar's P-90s have great things to say about them as well.
#14
I heard the Lollar P90s in person today.

Omg.

Yea, I am set in my choice now. Lollar all the way. I could not believe the tone coming out of this LP, it was mind-blowing.

Thanks for your help man!