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DiMarzio DP249 Area J Neck and Bridge Pickup Set   

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Bass pickups are usually described with aggressive terms such as "amazing punch" and "thundering lows," but that's not the sound of vintage J Bass pi...Read More

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Vintage J Bass sound with hum canceling.

Bass pickups are usually described with aggressive terms such as "amazing punch" and "thundering lows," but that's not the sound of vintage J Bass pickups. They're all about warmth, sustain, and a clean, singing tone. The Area J bridge and neck pickups capture all of those qualities. They're not loud, but they have a very focused attack, so they have power where it counts - at the center of the tone. The lows are very clear and clean, and the highs are both smooth and open-sounding. The magnet-pull has been reduced, and the included 4-conductor wiring allows both series and parallel humbucking modes.


SPECIFICATIONS

DP249 Area J Neck and Bridge Pickup Set

  • Area J Neck:
  • Wiring: 4-conductor
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Output: 155mV
  • DC Resistance: 7.80k ohms
  • Year of introduction: 2009
  • Area J Bridge:
  • Wiring: 4-conductor
  • Magnet: Ceramic
  • Output: 155mV
  • DC Resistance: 7.80k ohms
  • Year of introduction: 2009
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DiMarzioDP249 Area J Neck and Bridge Pickup Set
 
5.0

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  • Improves sound (3)

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5.0

Great pickups!

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from Massachusetts

Pros

  • Good Quality
  • Improves Sound
  • No hum! I love it!

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about DiMarzio DP249 Area J Neck and Bridge Pickup Set:

      I previously replaced the stock pickups in my Squier VM Jazz bass with another brand, but they had low output, and the tone wasn't that good. I replaced those with the DiMarzio Area J pickups, now it sounds great! I wish I had done more research, I would have ordered these the first time. Oh well, live and learn. These pickups even fit better in the pick guard. The previous ones were too tight in the pick guard, so I had to adjust the height of the neck pickup before putting the pick guard back on. Then I had to push down firmly to seat it. So, I adjusted these new pickups first, put the pickguard on, and it fit just fine! No pushing required! The tone is nice, too. The ProSteel strings I had on sound better now, no need to replace those for a while. Oh yeah, no hum either. That's why I replaced the stock pickups, now I can adjust the volume pots any way I like, no hum at all. I'm very happy with these, and if I get a real Fender Jazz bass someday, a set of these are going in!

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      5.0

      awesome pickups

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      from North Kingstown, RI

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Quality
      • Improves Sound

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Concerts
        • Practicing

        Comments about DiMarzio DP249 Area J Neck and Bridge Pickup Set:

        These pickups are exactly as described on DiMarzio's website. "The sound of the 60's Jazz bass single coil pickups without the hum". That nails it...a nice forward, up front midrange with just enough highs and excellents lows without ANY noise at all. The only thing I didn't like was that they were almost too big to fit in my '68 Jazz bass body pickup routes without opening up the cavities but I did get them installed and they are tight in the cavaties but are still fully height adjustable. HIGHLY recommended.

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        5.0

        Jazz Bass Tone with No Noise

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        from USA

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Concerts
          • Live gigs
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about DiMarzio DP249 Area J Neck and Bridge Pickup Set:

          These pickups are amazing, beautiful tone and no noise, exactly what I wanted for the Fender American Standard Jazz Bass. Easy install, fit perfectly, requires about four solder connections. No battery.

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          5.0

          Great J-Bass Tone

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          from Atlanta

          Comments about DiMarzio DP249 Area J Neck and Bridge Pickup Set:

          These pickups are exactly what I was hoping for. They sound like single-coil J-bass pickups without the hum. I recorded some tracks with the stock Fender pickups and with the Area J pickups to compare the tone. I could not tell a difference between them.
          These pickups have two coils placed side-by-side (like a P-bass) which eliminates the single-coil hum but retains the single-coil tone. Now that is a great feature!
          DiMarzio pickups are generally well made. These pickups are no exception. They come with black mounting screws too.
          The pickups sound great but are a lot cheaper than the competition. I have a set of Nordys in my 5-string, but the Area J sounds just as good for half the price.

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Just what I was looking for

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          from Henderson, NV

          Comments about DiMarzio DP249 Area J Neck and Bridge Pickup Set:

          I have a Fender Jaguar bass that came with Fender Vintage Jazz Bass pickups. I love the sound of those pickups but not the noise if I wanted to solo the neck or bridge pickup. After over a year with my bass, I started looking for noiseless pickups. I wanted the sound of the Vintage Jazz pickups but no noise which narrowed my choices since most replacement pickups tout more low end, high end, midrange, growl, etc... I like the concept of split coils (like a P Bass pickup in one straight line case) and the Area Js were supposed to be vintage sound and split coil. The Area Js are also 4 wire pickups allowing series, parallel, or single coil wiring. I installed mine using two 2P3T switches so I can select series/parallel/single wiring on each pickup (EA side is Red+ Black- and DG side is White+ Green-).Now the results: I love these pickups! They sound like the Fenders when wired in parallel (Red and White together as + and Black and Green together as -). In series (the method suggested by DiMarzio in the instructions: Red as +, Black and White together, and Green as -) they are louder, have more bass and midrange, and have less treble. They are not exactly like the Fenders. I can't put my finger on it, but I prefer the DiMarzios.

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          5.0

          Do Yourself a Favor and Buy These

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          from Grand Rapids, MI

          Comments about DiMarzio DP249 Area J Neck and Bridge Pickup Set:

          These are some of the best pickups I've used in a long time. I'm normally used to using high end pickups such as Lindy Fralins and Nordstrand, but this time I didn't have that kind of budget. While I normally have a bias against DiMarzio (too modern sounding for my taste), but I thought I would give these a try after reading the description. These pickups have great warm sound with a lot of vintage growl. And best of all no noise what so ever. Whether you are using both pickups or soloing the bridge or neck pickup there is absolutely no noise. These are a direct replacement for American Fenders, and the newer Mexican Fenders (the bridge pickup is slightly longer than the neck). I'm so glad I took the chance on these pickups, I would buy them again in a heart beat.

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