The HUM of single coil pickups has always driven me crazy. On a Jazz Bass, turning up both pickups does cancel out the hum, and that has been the way I always recorded my bass parts. This is a Squire Affinity J Bass and I must say the finish of the neck and frets or "sound" of the pickups were never a problem to me. Only the hum when using gain, like I always do.
To remedy this, I ordered WILDE J-45N and J-45L humbucking pickups from the Wilde website. They have reasonable postage rate to Japan. May have been $12, which is good.
Started by removing the old strings. Loosened them, then cut them with heavy gauge side cutters.
I noted the pickup height of the original pickups before unscrewing them.
And now I can use the bridge or neck pick up individually, or in any combination without hum.
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