How to wire a fender jazz bass

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How to wire a fender jazz bass
Improve the sound of your Fender Jazz Bass. (outlaw bass image by Lee O"Dell from Fotolia.com)

You can wire Fender Jazz Bass pickups with ease if you are interested in replacing the pickups that came stock with the bass. If you are careful to ground all of the components and solder each wire correctly, you can dramatically improve the sound of your Fender Jazz Bass with aftermarket pickups designed to drop right in the routes created for the originals.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wire
  • Soldering Iion
  • Solder
  • Screwdriver

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Drop the neck pickup into the routed area cut specifically for Jazz Bass pickups, making sure to feed the wires through the pickup route holes that lead to the control cavity. Screw the pickup into the wood with the four screws on either side. This will allow you to adjust the height of the pickup in relation to the strings.

  2. 2

    Attach the black ground wire to the small lug or screw located in the control cavity. Every pickup and pot must be ground to eliminate hum and noise interference. You can also ground the pickups and pots to the bride. Look for a small hole in the control cavity that leads to a spot under the bridge to attach the bare end of each ground wire to the bridge itself.

  3. 3

    Solder the white wire to one of the posts on the volume pot in the control cavity. This will be the volume control for this pickup only.

  4. 4

    Drop the bridge pickup into place, making sure to feed the wires through the small hole as well, similar to step 1. Ground the black wire to the bridge or post inside the control cavity and solder the red wire to the other volume pot. This will serve as the volume for this pickup.

  5. 5

    Solder a wire going from one volume pot to the other using the open post on each. This wire transfers the sound from the pickups to the jack, which leads to the amp or input you are using.

  6. 6

    Add another wire going from the second volume pot to the tone knob. Solder it to the same post as the first volume pot. This will send the sound from each pickup to the tone control. The tone control will affect the sound by cutting the high frequencies when turned down. The original signal will pass through when the knob is at 100 per cent.

  7. 7

    Solder the last wire needed from the tone pot to the jack, which will allow you to hear the signal, whether through an amp or a preamp connected to a recording device or headphone amplifier.

Tips and warnings

  • Make sure to ground each element of the electronics, from the pickups to the pots, to a metal post or the bridge to eliminate noise and interference.

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