Vintage, Modern & Custom Replacement Jazzmaster Pickups
One of my favourite pickups, the original Jazzmaster pickup, unlike the modern CIJ or Squier reissues, had short & wide (pancake) coils roughly 1/8" high. Its this unique design that helps to give the pickup that classic darker, warmer yet still very much a single coil. The larger surface area of coil 'senses' more of the string, resulting in that fatter, fuller sound. The individual pole piece magnets help keep clarity & string definition and when combined with the shape of coil, gives that unique Jazzmaster sound. From classic '50s surf to modern day effects driven styles, just really versatile guitars to suit a variety of sounds & styles if you're looking for something slightly to the left of classic rock & blues styles.
Creamery Custom Handwound "Classic '58" Vintage Jazzmaster Pickups
Modern 'Crafted in Japan' Reissue Jazzmaster Pickups
Unlike the high-end American versions, Fender® CIJ Jazzmaster guitars have what on the surface looks much like a true Jazzmaster pickup design but underneath its something entirely different.
As you can see from the picture above, the CIJ reissue Jazzmaster pickups are more akin to a Strat pickup, with a much narrower, taller coil giving a brighter tone. When you consider the Jazzmaster has 1Mb pots then you can see why some say the CIJ Jazzmaster are too bright, maybe even shrill with much less in the bass & mid-range.