Bright Classic J Bass® pickups give you extra-enhanced treble response and narrower apertures for incisive attack and focused sound without harshness. This added treble definition vastly increases the tonal range available in active or passive instruments. When you dig in, they are responsive and full. When you pull back, they are clear and crisp. And they’ll take any slapping and popping you want to give them and deliver snappy ring. The Classic Bass series is popular with progressive, jazz, gospel, and metal musicians where articulation is critical. They are sweat-proof and won’t crackle and thud when you touch them or hit them with the strings.
If you play a wide variety of music, you know you need some pro-level pickups, but you don’t want to do a big upgrade project, Classic Bass pickups are a great choice. They are passive and will work with your current electronics in most basses. They work very well with an onboard-preamp. These dual inline-coil pickups are hum-cancelling even soloing the neck or bridge pickup, so they are well suited for studio or stage.
2 types of carbon steel, brass, and copper powered by ceramic (ferrite) magnets projected for focused aperture Opposite polarity for bass and treble coils for neck and bridge pickups
57CBJD-S3 - Neck
DC Resistance: ~7KΩ
Resonant Frequency: ~6.3KHz
Sensing Width: 3.07" [78mm] Max 2.32" [59mm] Min
57CBJD-L3 - Bridge
DC Resistance: ~7.9KΩ
Resonant Frequency: ~6.4KHz
Sensing Width: 3.19" [81mm] Max 2.36" [60mm] Min
Below are some general impressions and anecdotal thoughts gathered over the years about Bartolini's Classic Bass Bright Series. Some are our own and some are from customers.
More open top end, bright, crisp, articulate than both the Original and Classic Bass Series from Bartolini
Most players will hear these pickups as giving their bass a fuller tone, typically a very significant improvement over stock pickups.
Often sited as one of the best values in a Jazz Bass® replacement pickup
Bartolini’s corners are nice and rounded over, so if you play with your thumb hooked on the top corner, these will probably feel a bit better than a traditional pickup shell (referring mostly to Jazz® and Precision® Basses.
Commonly characterized as Bartolini’s best ‘balanced’ winding style