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DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set Black

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The DiMarzio DP123 Replacement Neck & Bridge Pickup Set for Fender J-Bass keeps the crunchy, focused sound of the traditional Fender Jazz Bass tone w...Click To Read More About This Product

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Round out your bass tone with this pickup set.

The DiMarzio DP123 Replacement Neck & Bridge Pickup Set for Fender J-Bass keeps the crunchy, focused sound of the traditional Fender Jazz Bass tone while boosting gain and response. This additional presence means a bigger sound with improved attack and bite - great for highly articulated playing! The sensitivity and deep tone of these DiMarzio pickups are also the perfect complement to the warm character of fretless basses. Double-stop glissandos and delicate violin-style vibrato speak with a classic, woody voice simply by backing off slightly on the tone controls.

Unlike traditional pickups, these DiMarzio DP123 pickups are individually humbucking. They're not a stack: each coil picks up one pair of strings. By doing it this way they keep the resistance down and the tone clean and clear.

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SPECIFICATIONS
Wiring: standard four conductor
Magnet: ceramic
Output: 150mV
DC Resistance: 6.73K
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DiMarzioDP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set
 
4.9

(based on 35 reviews)

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Pros

  • Improves sound (16)
  • Good quality (14)
  • Functional (9)
  • Easy to use (7)

Cons

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Best Uses

  • Practicing (6)
  • Concerts (5)
  • Back-up (4)
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    • Experienced (10), Professional musician (5)

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(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Kick the Hum without breaking the Bank.

By Tommy

from Ohio

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Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

Years ago I removed the active circuit from my bass and wired it up with two volume, two tone, and a series/parallel switch. The control over the tone with this circuit is amazing and the switch still tricks people into thinking its active. Flip the switch and theres a marked increase in bottom end and output. At a show recently I noticed an excessive amount of hum on songs when I turned the neck pup down a bit (this destroys the hum canceling nature of the circuit). So, I decided it was time to find a set of Humbuckers. And I have to admit I am glad i found these.
I play flats with the neck pup dialed back a bit and the highs rolled off on the bridge about halfway. I get the warmest low mids without being "woofy" in the bottom. It cuts through the mix without being glassy on the high end or boomy in the lows. These pickups compliment my sounds and style wonderfully.
There are dozens of wiring oprions with a set of 4-wire humbuckers.
These pickups are well made. When I pulled the stock fender pickups out of my Marcus Miller Signature, the quality of the DiMarzios was apparent. The stock pickups were light and cheap feeling and the covers were easily removed exposing the windings. The DiMarzios were heavy and solid with plenty of wire length and the covers were fitted on snuggly.
I have to admit, I bought these because they were the cheapest replacement humbuckers I could find. But despite the price, they are extremely well made and sound absolutely fantastic. I am more pleased with the tone of my bass now than I ever have been. The improvement in my tone is worth more than the hundred bucks I dropped on the set.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT Product!

By Kevnn4

from San Jose, Ca

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  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound

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      Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

      Quick review here.....

      I bought a Geddy Lee signature Jazz bass when they first came out. It was my first quality bass. I enjoyed it and even recorded a few CDs with it. I got a few compliments on my tone but nothing that made me smile from ear to ear. I ended up with other basses over the years and the Geddy Lee was shelved. Recently I joined a classic rock band. I thought "The Geddy might fit this band well." I tried a few rehearsals with it but it didn't really do anything for me. I finally decided to buy new pickups. (Why didn't I do this sooner?!) At the suggestion of a pro player I bought the Dimarzio Model J set. WOW WOW WOW!!!! The Geddy came ALIVE! The tone is now very even across the fretboard. No noise whatsoever. powerful without being to aggressive. EXACTLY what I was looking for tone wise. I HIGHLY recommend these pickups.

      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Amazing!

      By bassnpete22

      from Boston, Ma

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      Pros

      • Functional
      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backup
        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

        I can't say enough about these pickups. I wanted to make my jazz bass sound gritty and fat for my rock band while remaining versatile for the wedding band I play with.

        These pickups sound outstanding. If you are looking for classic fender tone these are NOT the pickups for you though. Instead of having scooped mids these ones have a fat bottom and crystal clear midrange without all that treble twinkle on top. They sound strong, clear and loud with fingers or a pick and the slap tones are outstanding. I have found myself leaving the p-bass at home more and more recently.

        Another huge bonus with these pickups are the individually adjustable pole pieces. The tops of the poles are allen wrench sockets so you can easily raise or lower the pieces to your personal preference.

        Love these pickups. Brought my bass to life. Don't let the price fool you, these are top of the line! If you want to fatten up your tone and give your jazz bass some punch these are the pickups for you.

        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Wow!

        By Len O.

        from Philadelphia

        Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

        I just installed these in my 1963 J Bass.When I first turned up the neck pickup and plucked the e string (still on the work bench) this volumptuous sound eminated from my amp. The amp was set to my normal settings but I had to turn it down so I wouldn't wake the neighbors.Also the bridge pickup is bright and crunchy. I've de-fretted my bass and the DiMarzio blurb that states that they sound especially good for fretless is right on. You get the added punch but still retain the classic Jazz Bass sound.Another caveat; hold on to the old pickup screws. The new screws were way too long for my bass so I simply re-installed the original screws.Also, Musician's Friend had the best price and I received the package is a couple of days.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Jazz bass sound without the hum

        By sfjazzguitar

        from San Francisco, CA

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Functional
        • Good Quality
        • Improves Sound

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

          Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

          Replaced the stock pickups in a fretless MIM Jazz bass, one of which had failed. The Model Js fit perfectly, are clearer (though not dramatically so) and appreciably louder. Now that there's no hum, the bridge pickup sounds great solo-ed. The neck and bridge pickups are well balanced, and the ability to adjust the individual pole pieces is a plus (though I didn't need to do so). Great value.

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Pickups

          By MS135374247

          from Maryland

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          Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

          The pick-ups are well made and have several wiring options. They are well suited for a fretless bass with flats. Plenty of growl and sustain. The individual height adjustment for each pickup allows you to have the best distance from each string to the top of the pickup. Overall a great replacement for a J-Bass.
          Individual height adjustment

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Beautiful.

          By Seth

          from Weirton,Wv

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          • Easy To Use
          • Functional
          • Good Quality
          • Improves Sound

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              Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

              I put these in my MIM Jazz and they're perfect.If yours was made after 2009 they should fit just fine. The lows are much more defined and much stronger, the mids are nice and punchy, and the highs are crystal clear.Nothing is overpowering.I have the clarity of playing with a pick from just my fingers but the ability to accentuate the subtleties of my style. They can't be beat for price!

              (4 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Quiet Pickups

              By Echoman-AAYcL

              from Undisclosed

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              Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

              Make sure to check your bass. If you have an MIM Fender from the mid 1990's(like me), you will need to purchase each pickup seperately and buy the short versions. Some of the MIM's require the pickups to be the same size unlike USA and current MIM models. I put these in because my stock pickups had too much 60 cycle hum, especially when I use my compressor. The Dimarzio's are super quiet and solved my problem. They are just a bit louder than the stock but not necessarly better sounding. They lack a little bite that the stock had, but I'll take the hum canceling over that anyday. I'm happy with them.

              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Bang for the Buck!

              By Big DL

              from Kingsville, TX

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Functional
              • Good Quality
              • Growl
              • Improves Sound
              • Quiet
              • Strong Midrange

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Concerts
                • Practicing

                Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

                Howdy there, I put these in my 2015 Fender J, and so far, am most impressed. The hum associated with the stock pickups is almost totally eliminated with an average cable; with a high quality shielded cable, my axe is now ultra quiet. Very welcome change! They are very well-made, and look cool with the all-black housing contrasting with a white pickguard.
                Sound quality-wise, these pickups have slightly more output than the stock pickups, are tonally smooth as silk, with an earthy, well defined mid-range (especially low mid range) growl. Sound very nice when run through both my Peavey and Fender amps. As I am primarily a classically trained "finger-picker," The growl just mentioned is noticeable, yet subtle....played with a pick, it's downright nasty!!
                In my humble opinion, these are perfectly suited for rock, country, and blues genres; however, for slapping and popping, I would likely opt for and recommend a pickup that delivers more treble range and output. On the other hand, with the right equalization, I am sure that an acceptable sound quality can be achieved with the DP123s.
                In summary, I highly recommend these pickups for many types of music, and I am most happy with my purchase, especially when the price is factored in. Looking forward to a long and happy relationship lol! Rock on!

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Added more punch and depth

                By JT from KC

                from Kansas City, MO

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                    Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

                    Put these in my 2010 MIM Fender and wow, what a difference. Noticeably more punch and depth, better low-end and more responsive. Definitely recommend for any non-American Fender.

                    (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Love em, you will too

                    By KrazyBassman

                    from Houston TX

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Functional
                    • Good Quality
                    • Improves Sound

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Backup
                      • Concerts
                      • Practicing

                      Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

                      Have been playing music for years now, been through many instruments, and I can finally say that it doesn't take a ton of money to buy the sound you've been looking for. I recently set these up on my Squier modified 70's jazz bass(which sounded decent to begin with). The tone is great(woody sounding, with clarity(even on high notes), harmonics really cut through the mix. I have it configured using the alternative wiring using 2 a500k alpha push pull volume, and 1 standard mini alpha a500k tone pot.I highly recommend that you use the audio 500k pots, to bring out the full potential of these pickups, but even using 250k pots will make it sound good. Best sound in my opinion is in series(louder, more punchy) wiring, I haven't used the parallel switch much on the bass, just have it there for extra options. If you arent very good with soldering, i'd get all standrad pots.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      great pickups

                      By doktorfeelgood

                      from Rhode Island

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                      Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

                      I just installed a set of these DP123's in my new Highway 1 Jazz bass. I can't say enough good things about these pickups. Very easy to install. Very punchy with excellent tone thoughout the range; low end, midrange, and high end with absolutely no hum. That's a huge factor for me with Jazz bass pickups. The adjustable pole pieces are terrific for tweaking the gain level of each string. I have a set of the Model P's in my P-bass and I am going to put another set of the Jazz bass pickups in another Jazz bass that I'm building. I think that DiMarzio makes the best bass pickups on the market. )-(

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Nice.

                      By thejumping1

                      from Lenoir, NC

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                      Pros

                      • Functional
                      • Good Quality
                      • Improves Sound

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Backup
                        • Practicing

                        Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

                        the DP123 pickups came just as ordered with easy to understand instructions for switching them in for the stock pickups on my Mexican Jazz bass. I did have to enlarge the hole in the body for the bridge p/u as it measured 94 mm instead of 91 mm for the stock ones. Once in, they immediately improved the sound, adding good sustain and bottom punch. Well worth the $$ IMHO.

                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        great J tone

                        By Stevie D

                        from Maine

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                            Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

                            I have a millennial MIM fretless jazz. The tone was ok but was getting bad hum. I had to take a rasp to the cavity of the bridge pick-up to get it to fit, which I was prepared for from reading others' reviews. The tone is wonderful. That powerful John Paul Jones J tone. Hum gone. Took it to a jam, let others play it, positive feedback. I can make it sound mellow or punchy.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            good bass p-ups

                            By pastor larry

                            from decatur il

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                                Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

                                Put these on my squire fretless. double stops are clean and clear. easier to hear if I am in tune. Hello sustain, good bye hum.

                                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Good tone for the money

                                By Detroit Stranger

                                from Metro Detroit

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                                    Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

                                    I put these PUPs in a Japanese Fretless Jazz Bass to liven up the sound. The stock PUPs were really flat, so these added a lot of midrange definition without going active.

                                    The downside of these is that they are so gainy that they produce a little ground buzz and distortion when used with headphones. None of my sound guys have complained though.

                                    For the money, you can't go wrong if you want to give some new life to an old bass. Stay away though if you like a sparkly clean tone.

                                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Fantastic

                                    By Frank

                                    from VA

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                                    • Good Quality
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                                        Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

                                        Installed these on a MIM Fender jazz bass. They look great and sound great! The best way to describe the improvement over the stock pickups, is that they are simply "smoother" and more "musical" sounding. They are a little hotter, but not obnoxiously so. 100% happy with them, and MF did a good job as always getting them to me quickly and for a good price.

                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        I LOVE these pickups

                                        By ROBERT-jzRki

                                        from South Florida

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                                        Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

                                        I bought a set of these for my Japanese-made Fender Jazz and I have never found a better sound. I read a review in Bassplayer magazine saying these pickups were the best sounding when recorded via DI, but I love them live too! I wish I could put these in all my basses! I beat these up for about 6 years now, and I love them just as much as when I first got 'em.

                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Good noiseless replacement

                                        By Anonymous

                                        from Undisclosed

                                        Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

                                        Replaced stock pups in my Fender MIM Jazz bass with this Model J set. Satisfied with the tone and the increase in output (and the price). Retains a healthy amount of j-growl, though true single-coils still keep an edge on growling. Two caveats to anyone putting these in a medium-to-low priced bass: (1) If the neck pup is not aligned well with your strings, the A or D string may suffer from weak output since they will vibrate too close to the edge of its coil. I notice this a bit if I use a plectrum aggressively on the A string. (2) I needed a tiny amount of extra routing to fit the bridge pup. Besides that, I'm very pleased with the Model J.

                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

                                        By Anonymous

                                        from Undisclosed

                                        Comments about DiMarzio DP123 Model J Bass Pickup Set:

                                        I bought a MIM jazz bass and put these on a few months later they were so worth it. They have the power of active pickups yet they are passive. They have a strong bottem end which is good because my bass is fretless. These pickups were so worth it.

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