Jazz bass pickup
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Jazz bass pickups or J bass pickups are one of two main types of magnetic pickups used in electric bass guitars. A typical jazz bass pickup consists of a coil of wire wrapped around a set of magnetic polepieces.

Jazz bass pickups are a form of single coil pickup which were introduced in 1960 on the Fender Jazz Bass.

Jazz bass pickups usually employ two pole pieces for each string — eight pole pieces for a standard four string bass pickup.

The other type of magnetic pickup commonly found in electric bass guitars is the Precision bass pickup or P bass pickup which employs two separate coils. The J bass pickup typically offers a smoother, brighter and richer tone in the treble and midrange compared to the P bass's more deep and thumpy bass-heavy tone.


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