Lollar Announces ’70s J-Bass Pickup Set
Billed as a ‘historic recreation designed for modern instruments’ Lollar Pickups has responded to customer requests to make a ’70s J-Bass pickup set, the company reports. Recently, Lollar purchased an all-original, one-owner, natural finish, ash body, 1975 Jazz Bass so it would have the ‘real deal’ with which to compare its work but instead of just copying the original pickups, Jason Lollar decided to make a pickup set that sounds like the original ’75 in a newer production, alder bodied bass.
‘The heavy 10.8 pound ash body of the original ’75 contributed significantly to the overall tone as did the location of the bridge pickup closer to the bridge saddles than in a newer production model. The result is a sound that is quite fat with extended overtones and additional low-mids; and a percussive bottom end that has extended decay,’ Lollar says.
After numerous trials, Lollar designed a pickup set that uses flat pole Alnico 5 magnets with coils wound to match the tonality and balance of the 1975 original. When paired with 1Meg volume pots and a 250K tone pot, that classic ’70s J-Bass tone is now possible in a standard alder body bass guitar.
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