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July 25, 2007 / Tetrahedroseph

Fender Jazz Bass Deluxe

This is my American Fender Jazz Bass.
It can get a good volume thanks to the active pickups. There are two.

One is closer to the neck and the other is closer to the bottom (bridge) where the balls of the strings are. The active pickups cancel hum and provide a clean loud sound. I believe the pickups have an oscillator. This oscillator requires power to cancel the hum.

One Pickup


I try to keep the battery in mind when I leave the instrument. Leaving a cable connected drains power from the 9 volt battery. I have developed a good habit of unplugging the cable when I am not playing.
Hum is not fun, but tone controls are.
I’ll tell you more about the tone controls later.

Listen to these songs to hear my Fender Jazz Bass Deluxe at work.


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  1. John / Dec 3 2008 4:24 pm

    Have you looked for an active Jazz Bass Deluxe having more headroom with an 18V power supply and better tone from a pair of Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups?

    The most important changes done on the American Deluxe Jazz Bass throughout the years was a 5-bolt neck plate, Hipshot UltraLite tuning machines and abalone dots on the fingerboard.

    You can eventually upgrade your American Deluxe Jazz Bass by replacing the stock Suhr pickups and preamp with a pair of SCN pickups and a J-Retro Deluxe preamp. You’ll get all the traditional Jazz Bass tones you love without the hum plus a modern sound via the J-Retro preamp… as well as an active/passive toggle switch to gig even if the batteries are drained as a bonus!


    • mofojo / Jan 11 2009 5:44 am

      Thanks for the information John. I have not looked into a lot of upgrades, but some Hipshot UltraLite tuning machines would be nice. My bass fell over recently and broke the top (G string) tuning machine. I had them all replaced with a stronger and heavier brand. Unfortunately this changed the weight of the head stock. Now the bass has a different balance. I have been dealing with it but I feel like changing them back to the original tuning machine.
      I’ll write a post about it. ;)


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